Nathan McCree, the composer of the original soundtrack for the first three Tomb Raider games, announced that the Kickstarter campaign for The Tomb Raider Suite album will go live on 26 May 2017, at midnight or 00:00 GMT (26 May, 8am, Singapore time). The album will feature songs from Tomb Raider 1, 2, and 3 re-imagined for an orchestra.
If the Kickstarter campaign is successful, The Tomb Raider Suite will be available on vinyl, CD, digital download, and streaming platforms. The funds raised will be used to cover production costs of the album. This includes recording the world renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the world famous Abbey Road Studios.
This has been a long-time dream of Nathan to showcase his music the way he originally intended. The orchestral versions were first performed live in a one-night-only Tomb Raider Suite concert on 18 December 2016 in London, UK, as part of the Tomb Raider 20 year celebrations. You can listen to a sample here. Plans for more Tomb Raider Suite concerts which may include a world tour are currently being discussed.
For more information on the project, visit the official dedicated website. A link to the actual Kickstarter page will be shared once it goes live. Follow TombRaiderLife.com Twitter and Facebook for updates.
What is Kickstarter?
Some people may not be familiar with Kickstarter, so I put together an explanation of what I feel are the important points to note.
How Kickstarter works:
- Kickstarter is a crowdfunding website mainly for new projects and products to seek investment before they are produced. This ensures that they have enough interest and funds to cover costs, instead of risking losing time and money on creating something that no one wants to buy later.
- Backers (people that donate) are promised rewards depending on the amount of money they pledge. Sort of like a pre-order system with different levels.
- Kickstarter will only charge money to the backers if the campaign reaches their funding goal by the deadline. Otherwise, the Kickstarter campaign is automatically “failed” and backers will not be charged at all. However, this also means that the project is cancelled since they couldn’t raise enough money or interest. Some projects may choose to try again, but usually they don’t since it’s rather demoralizing. So be sure to pledge or we may lose the chance forever!
- There may be stretch goals, which means if the fundraising reaches a certain amount above their goals, the creators will plan to use the extra money to improve on their original proposal. For example, a game may have a stretch goal to add voice-acting. (As of now, we don’t know whether the Tomb Raider Suite will have any stretch goals. Maybe bonus tracks or commentary?)
You can also check out the official Kickstarter FAQ for more help.
Whether or not the Kickstarter campaign can successfully reach their goal, well, that’s up to us. Pledge early and spread the word!
Why and how should I contribute?
The success of the London concert shows that many of us do want to see this become a reality. Every dollar helps and every shared post to spread the word helps. Many fans, especially of the older games, will be deeply appreciative if you can help make it happen. If this project is successful, the overall Tomb Raider brand also stands to benefit from all the interest. Plus, you get to be a part of Tomb Raider history by producing the first ever Tomb Raider Suite album. This is a chance for fans to contribute to a project they love. Backers get opportunities for special rewards too, including being among the first in the world to receive it!
Aside from pledging, you can help by sharing the news to ensure it reaches as many people as possible.