Two years after Paul McCartney first announced on Twitter that he was trying his hand at being a “video game composer” for the first-person shooting game Destiny, the rock legend’s original composition for the game’s end credits has been revealed. “Hope for the Future” is a triumphant, sweeping ballad you’d expect to hear at the end of an epic film, and it works surprisingly well for the credits sequence for this game from the makers of Halo.
As Rolling Stone previously reported, the track was recorded at Abbey Road Studios with a 120-piece orchestra that was conducted by Sir George Martin’s son Niles. Mark “Spike” Stent produced the track. In addition to “Hope for the Future,” McCartney, along with composers Marty O’Donnell and Mike Salvatori, wrote and composed 50 minutes of music for Destiny. And, as video game developer Bungie’s Eric Osbourne told Vulture, McCartney took on the project for “the creativity” and “there was no check involved, big or otherwise.”
McCartney was first drawn to the project after the Halo composers explained to him the ever-shifting world of video game music and how a gamer’s actions dictated the musical cues. From there, Macca immersed himself in the score, even dusting off some Beatles-era equipment. “He brought out his old tape-loop machine – he said the last time he used it was on Sgt. Pepper,” O’Donnell told gaming site Edge in August. “So he sent me an entire session where he was playing around with all these tape-loops. We were just thrilled. That [was] the same machine that was on Revolver.”
“Hope for the Future” will reportedly be released as an official single, though details of that have not yet been announced.