First Glimpse: The Music of Hearthstone
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is the newest game announced by Blizzard just a few short months ago. Blizzard fans are, predictably, chomping at the bit to try out this new game and are scrounging the internet for any new tidbits of information to be found. Unfortunately, there is very little in the way information on this new game and we must take what crumbs we are offered....at least until the beta is released.
One such delicious crumb was just recently thrown our way via the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft official website. In a post dated the 12th of July Zeriyah points us in the direction of a snippet of the music from the game. While this may not seen like an exciting revelation, especially compared to other things we have seen about the game, music is and always will be one of the most important factors in any game.
Music in Games
While it may seem to be unimportant and may also be something you pay little attention to, the music found within the game helps to set the mood for an event or a certain place. Much like the movies, game music helps to build suspense, makes us feel sad or angry, and also can tell us we should be celebrating. While many players tend to turn the sound off or play with it turned down, we all have to admit that the music really helps to set the mood of any game we happen to be playing.
Blizzard knows this and have managed to
become masters at their craft. Without sounding like a complete crazy
fan (although I am), there is nothing so inspiring as the sound track
to one of the games they have created. The haunting, yet beautiful,
music of Tristram will be forever ingrained in our memories, as well
as many other music clips for certain zones or events we have
experienced inside a Blizzard game.
Hearthstone Music Sample
Taking a look at the first Hearthstone music clip titled "Tabletop Battles" we can easily see right off the bat that Blizzard has stayed true to its roots. This particular track is happy and uplifting and remains true to the music we have come to expect from the world of Warcraft and other Blizzard titles. In fact this track would not feel out of place in any of Blizzard's
Tabletop Battles, as laid out by Zeriyah in the blog post, this track takes you inside a bustling tavern, complete with serving wenches, audacious laughter and a cracking fire. This ability to transport us through music is something that Blizzard has done in Diablo, Starcraft, and Warcraft and we the fans love them for it. This seems to be music that will easily flow with the game as Blizzard has put it forth.
Want to check out this track for
yourself? Head on over to the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft media
page and take a listen! Also, do not forget to keep checking back for
more exciting track releases as the Herathstone: Heroes of Warcraft
beta comes ever closer! Also be sure to check out Zeriyah's post
that sparked this article titled "Music for Duelists" and see a
Blizzard poster's take on Hearthstone's first released music track.
Thoughts and Conclusions
As far as this writer can see, Blizzard is doing an amazing job creating a musical experience for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. While we only have access to one small music clip thus far, it still manages to hold to the standards we have come to expect from Blizzard when it comes to musical ambiance in their games. In my personal opinion game music can make or break and game and thus far it looks like Hearthstone will be a big win, at least in the music department.
What do you think about our first glimpse of music from Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft? Is Blizzard going to hit another musical home run or fall short of the fence? Be sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!