Paul McCartney has taken another step into the virtual realm with the jaw-dropping video for “Hope for the Future.” The clip features a hologram McCartney floating around the 28th century universe of the video game Destiny, singing the wide-eyed lyrics on top of massive sand dunes and mountains.
“Hope for the future, it’s coming soon enough,” he croons in the chorus while making grandiose hand gestures. “How much can we achieve? / Hope for the future, it will belong to us / If we believe; if we believe.” McCartney appears as a projection from a Ghost AI assistant, exploring the game’s vivid landscapes with assorted Guardian characters from the Activision title.
The former Beatle wrote “Hope for the Future” exclusively for Destiny, working with producer Mark “Spike” Stent and a 120-piece orchestra conducted by frequent collaborator Giles Martin. McCartney, along with composers Marty O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori, also composed an additional 50 minutes of music for the soundtrack. As Destiny developer Eric Osbourne told Vulture, the singer-songwriter wasn’t paid for the project, taking part solely for “the creativity.” This week, McCartney released the track in standalone form, paired with four remixes.
In other digital McCartney news, the rock legend recently teamed with Jaunt for an innovative app that allows fans to view a performance of “Live and Let Die” from every imaginable angle. The footage was filmed using stereoscopic 3-D cameras during the last-ever concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, where McCartney played in August – nearly 48 years after the Beatles played their final official gig at the venue.