I love when independent games do well, I really love when the games themselves recognize the passion of their fanbase by continuously rewarding them well after they’ve done business with the fans. It shows the power of connection between creators and audience, not just corporation and demographics. Take for example Polyarc games’ recent announcement that they’d make the VR adventure story Moss’ soundtrack available free to players, whether you were there on day one or just about to pick up the game today.
As a special thank you to fans, Polyarc is gifting the full digital soundtrack to everyone who has purchased or will purchase Moss through PlayStation Store, Steam, Oculus, Viveport, GameStop or one of the many physical retail locations by August 17, 2018. For all other music enthusiasts, the Moss Soundtrack is now available for pre-order at digital retailers such as Bandcamp, iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.
It won’t simply be confined to digital. For soundtrack collectors and fans of physical versions, Polyarc also opened pre-orders for a limited run of premium CD and vinyl albums. The album covers feature a Moss storybook design highlighted with gold foil. Inside the CD digipak, gamers are treated to art from the in-game collectible tapestry and environment. For the vinyl album, which features eight of the tracks, the black record label features a full-color tapestry. Both the CD and vinyl albums can be pre-ordered at Materia Collective and Bandcamp.
Here’s the official PR note on the music itself:
Composed by two-time BAFTA award-winning composer Jason Graves, the soundtrack brings to life the melodic and playful adventure in Moss from the hero Quill’s perspective. Graves accomplishes this by employing small and intimate-sounding instruments — flute, oboe, Celtic harp, English hammered dulcimer, acoustic guitar, and classical violin — all composed, arranged, and produced in a pastoral soundscape with enchanting Waltz-esque flair. The soundtrack consists of 11 in-game tracks for more than 57 minutes of music, including the bonus track “Home To Me,” featuringMalukah. Three tracks (“The Clearing,” “Cinder Skies,” and “Home To Me”) can be sampled via Bandcamp.
If you’ve recently joined the VR renaissance, Moss is definitely a game that demonstrates the storytelling power of the medium. It’s a living storybook that not only gives you a cute character to grow fond of but emotionally tethers you to Quill’s world by making you part of the hero’s story. Moss is currently available for PlayStation VR, Oculus, and HTC Vive VR systems. Though if you’re lucky enough to have a VR choice, you should definitely try the Oculus and HTC versions as their unique touch controllers give you an additional level of immersion.