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Jason Clement posted a article in Industry NewsFirst, it was Kellee Santiago who left thatgamecompany after co-founding the studio and serving as its president. Now it appears that the art director on Journey and Flower, Matt Nava, has also moved on from the company and formed his own development studio called Giant Squid Studios. No word yet on what the studio's first project is, but Giant Squid's website states that they believe the project will "deliver a moving, compelling and exciting experience to a wide audience." Also notable is the fact that famed Journey composer and recent Grammy nominee Austin Wintory is listed as composing the soundtrack for the budding developer's first game. Stay tuned for more information on Giant Squid as they share more updates on the website in the coming weeks and months. Source: Twitter
Marcus Estrada posted a article in Industry NewsIf you didn't know who Austin Wintory was before, you probably have come to realize who he is by now. The composer was nominated for a Grammy and more recently won a VGA award for his work on the Journey soundtrack. Before all this excitement came to pass though he was signing the contract to score another game. However, those expecting him to only work on other artful games would be wrong. Today it was officially announced that Wintory will be providing the soundtrack for Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards Reloaded. This news came via the game's Kickstarter page, probably due to Wintory himself spilling the beans in an interview last night. In reality, the plan had been in the work for months before these announcements. Wintory was contacted by Replay Games first and was receptive due to it being a sort of fantasy project for him. So now we know the soundtrack for this Leisure Suit Larry remake is going to be good stuff. However, we still all have to wait for the game to be completed. Currently, the time frame sets the game at a launch of sometime next year.
The 55th Annual Grammy's, which will be live on February 10th, have announced their nominees. There are a great deal of award genres, but when it comes to "Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media", there is a big surprise in store for gamers. Nominees include The Adventures of Tintin, The Artist, The Dark Knight Rises, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, and Journey. One of these isn't quite like the others. While all other nominees for this category are films, the PS3-exclusive Journey is also on the list. It's no surprise why, with how popular it has been over the past year. Two weeks after launch, it made history as being the fastest-selling PSN game, then received a Collector's Edition, soundtrack, and art book. The game's composer, Austin Wintory, is quite excited at this nomination. His Twitter post was quite humble: "Well I don't really have words right now .... I just got a Grammy nomination for #JourneyPS3 ..." Previously, the theme song for Civilization IV, "Baba Yetu" was nominated for a Grammy and won. Other than that though, Wintory stands to be one of the very few game composers honored with such a nomination.