Capcom has been pumping out classic video game music for nearly three decades, pushing out iconic music for a number of franchises like Mega Man, Bionic Commando, and Street Fighter that have all been updated through modernized remixes. Naturally, the upcoming Strider is set to receive the same musical treatment, with many of its most recognizable tracks from the original arcade and NES era getting updated for a new generation.
"I can definitely say that ALL of the music for Strider HD is inspired by music from the previous games," composer Michael John Mollo told Capcom Unity. "I grew up playing Strider on the NES so I was already familiar with some of his tunes. This music is very iconic and both Double Helix and I wanted to make sure we paid homage to the memorable melodies as well as the sound palette of the previous games. We decided early on that it would be a good idea to re-arrange some of the classic Strider tunes for the game and we spent a good deal of time listening thru Strider's back catalog of material to hand pick certain tunes."
Mollo acknowledges the challenges involved in trying to keep the most iconic elements of the original Strider tunes, while also adding enough fresh ideas to make the tracks sound modern. Judge for yourself whether he accomplishes this daunting task by checking out the video below.
Strider is set to release in early 2014 on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.