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Mass Effect's former composer Jack Wall explains 'amicable' depature from franchise

Mass Effect's moody and ethereal space-age age soundtrack was one of the game's defining features, so when word spread yesterday that the series' original composer, Jack Wall, had been replaced by Hollywood's Clint Mansell for Mass Effect 3, fan reaction was bittersweet. Afterall, while Clint Mansell is an inspired choice to score BioWare's landmark series, Jack Wall was in no way in need of a replacement. According to the man himself, however, it was his decision all along.



Far from a tale of studio douchebaggery or underhanded contract negotiations, Wall revealed to Eurogamer that his departure from Mass Effect 3 was nothing more scandalous than a personal decision.

"I have had a great relationship with the folks at BioWare having done three games with them. We're all still very good friends, so nothing dramatic," reflected Wall, adding, "I think it was just time for a change. I'm so proud of the work I've done on the ME franchise and I so appreciate the kind words about those scores from people like yourself.”

Wall also noted that he has some exciting projects in the pipeline and that he wished BioWare well with its upcoming sequel.

These days, there's rarely such thing as an 'amicable split' in the video game industry, so it's refreshing to have news of a studio departure not followed up with a week of playground drama and back and forth speculation. Granted, Wall's confirmed split with the Mass Effect series is likely to cause a little unrest amongst fans, but if he had to be replaced by anyone, we're glad BioWare picked Mansell to man the sound board.

Feb 11, 2011

[Source: Eurogamer]

 

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16 comments

  • brisilsnake - February 13, 2011 6:38 p.m.

    Boo bring back Jack Wall.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - February 12, 2011 10:37 p.m.

    reminds me that I need to finish the first two games. God I regret being a sniper... too late to go back now.
  • Ironarm - February 12, 2011 5:13 p.m.

    I'm excited for Mansell to be taking the reigns of the music. His work on all of Darren Aronofsky's films were just brilliant.
  • Unoriginal - February 12, 2011 11:45 a.m.

    I will miss him. Few soundtracks have messed with my emotions as much as the ME2 score.
  • Spybreak8 - February 12, 2011 10:31 a.m.

    "I loved Wall's scores, the original Mass Effect theme was fantastic and the entire Mass Effect 2 soundtrack was incredible. It's sad to see him go, but I'm thrilled to see/hear what Clint Mansell does with the series. Let's hope to see, at the very least, a return of the main series riff/theme." Also return a song from The Faunts! Had to copy and paste but that's exactly my thoughts, exactly.
  • Yaro - February 12, 2011 9:17 a.m.

    Hmmm, is Jack Wall really not interested at all in "finishing the job"? Anyway, I can hardly wait for Mansell's take on the mass effect music. It's gonna be awesome. But HOW awesome?
  • KingOfFighters - February 12, 2011 5:11 a.m.

    Wall was an awesome composer. I seriously hope that Mansell can replicate the magic from the pevious games. This is the last entry in the series(supposedly), so let's give it your best shot. Good luck, Mansell.
  • MassSaber - February 12, 2011 4:53 a.m.

    I loved Jade Empire's score and Both Mass Effect games had some of the most memorable soundtracks I have heard in a game this generation. Lets hope we here more from Jack Wall in other titles hopefully soon
  • Engage183 - February 12, 2011 12:51 a.m.

    It's a shame Wall's leaving. The scores in both games were quite astounding. However, Bioware didn't hire any pushover for his replacement, so i still can't wait to hear ME3's soundtrack. Plus, can't wait for the game in gerneral O_0
  • PIZZAKING92 - February 12, 2011 12:17 a.m.

    Clint Mansell is a god. I cant wait to hear Mass Effect 3's soundtrack.
  • EDfromRED - February 12, 2011 12:10 a.m.

    I wish him the best of luck. The original Mass Effect soundtrack was perfect! The moody, other-worldly, evocative themes in that game are some of my all time favorites. It made my multiple Achivement gathering playthroughs a pleasure
  • NotBraze - February 12, 2011 12:10 a.m.

    I'm sad to see him go, but at least I'm glad it's on good terms. Hopefully Mansell can bring his own flavor to the score without changing it too drastically; it still needs to sound like Mass Effect after all.
  • n00b - February 11, 2011 11:47 p.m.

    maybe its just me but i had no connection with me soundtracks of both games and found it meh at the best of times reCaptcha: sephiroth guirche
  • hellodesdemona - February 11, 2011 11:36 p.m.

    @ Persona A techno sci fi space Oprah? You just put disturbing images in my head.
  • Persona - February 11, 2011 11:26 p.m.

    That techno sci fi space Oprah will be sorely missed :(. I don't know much about the composers (maybe I should start learning??) but the music in both Mass Effects were breathtakingly epic. But now we have a hollywood composer to replace Mr.Wall (awesome name btw) and combine that with a suitably epic game and I think it's just gonna be pure ecstasy >:D
  • AngryScotsman - February 11, 2011 11:21 p.m.

    I loved Wall's scores, the original Mass Effect theme was fantastic and the entire Mass Effect 2 soundtrack was incredible. It's sad to see him go, but I'm thrilled to see/hear what Clint Mansell does with the series. Let's hope to see, at the very least, a return of the main series riff/theme.

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