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access_time May 2, 2013 at 10:59 PM in Features by Ryan Bates

Former Rare Soundtrack Composer Grant Kirkhope Helming ‘Illusion’ Remake


The remastering trend may be getting a little bit tired, but let’s not deny that some of our classic favorites are getting HDmakes and for a new gaming trend, it’s not too shabby at all. One of those is the much-beloved Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, the Sega Genesis platformer that rivaled Sonic for dominance of the Nintendo archnemesis.

HDmake of Castle of Illusion? Awesome. Music composed by Grant Kirkhope? Awesome-er.

If the name Grant Kirkhope doesn’t ring a bell, hopefully the music playing will:


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Kirkhope, the Scottish-born composer, formerly of Rare, has announced he’s taking the lead on the music composition of the Castle of Illusion remake. His credits include some of the most memorable in gaming, including GoldenEye, Donkey Kong 64, Perfect Dark, and the Banjo-Kazooie series, including the playfully creepy but delightfully catchy music (playing now) heard in Gruntilda’s Lair.

Kirkhope revealed via his Twitter that he only had one more track to complete on the Illusion soundtrack, which lines up with the proposed summer release window for PC, PS3, XBox 360 and Wii U.


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