After getting Monument Valley‘s soundtrack on vinyl, iam8bit is at it again, but this time it went for XCOM ($7.99), a very different game with a very different soundtrack. I’m glad we’re seeing games getting the vinyl treatment lately because some of those soundtracks are simply outstanding.The double LP will feature the cinematic scores from XCOM: Enemy Unknown as well as XCOM 2 and will feature an “all-star roster" of composers, Michael McCann, Roland Rizzo, and Tim Wynn. The audio has been mastered specifically for vinyl at the Telegraph Mastering Studio, and the records are 180-gram heavyweight vinyl that should make them less prone to warping (unless you decide to treat them like you treat your XCOM soldiers).
The art designer, Filip Hodas, has gone with the juxtaposition of Sectoid and human skulls, a smart idea since it manages to distill the franchise down to its most basic core – the fight to the death between humans and aliens. Now, in true XCOM fashion, you should be able to change the track titles into names of your friends, colleagues, and mortal enemies, the LPs themselves should behave unexpectedly just when you were ready to enjoy a track, and, perhaps, the LPS should have an ironman mode where you can only hear the LP once. That’s the only way to really get the feeling of the game on LP in my opinion. You can pre-order the LP here for $35, and the estimated ship date will be Q2, 2016.