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Akira Yamaoka scores 10 tracks for horror game Decarnation, releases May 31

Legendary video game composer brings his signature style to the unsettling story of Gloria.

Bordeaux, France - May 11, 2023: Decarnation, the upcoming horror game from Studio QBD and the first game published by Shiro Unlimited, will feature the legendary Japanese composer Akira Yamaoka. This story-rich 2D adventure is set to be released on May 31  for PC (Steam), and Nintendo Switch.  

Yamaoka is best known for his work on the Silent Hill series and has composed music for many other games, including The Medium and Lollipop Chainsaw.

The collaboration between Yamaoka and Decarnation will see the composer creating ten original tracks for the game, bringing his signature style to the project. Yamaoka's music is renowned for its haunting melodies and chilling atmosphere, making him the perfect choice to score the horror-themed Decarnation.

"The Silent Hill aesthetic and mood have played a crucial role in shaping my creative work on Decarnation.” says Quentin De Beukelaer, Decarnation's creative director. “Therefore, having the opportunity to receive assistance from the talented and generous master Yamaoka-san is a tremendous honour.

Decarnation incorporates elements of Japanese culture, which makes Yamaoka-san's involvement all the more rewarding. His musical compositions are a blend of instrumental, mechanical, and organic sounds that are truly impressive. Alongside our primary composer, Corentin Brasart, we never tire of listening to Yamaoka-san's creations. Even after nearly 25 years since the first Silent Hill game, Yamaoka-san continues to reign supreme as a creative mastermind.”

Inspired by iconic 2D adventure-horror games and cult movies from David Lynch and mangas from Junji ItoDecarnation is a story-driven horror game featuring a mix of more than fifteen different types of gameplay, each adapted to the main character’s situation and state of mind. The game promises to deliver a spine-chilling atmosphere with its immersive story and haunting pixel art visuals. Yamaoka's music will add an extra layer of tension and fear to the game, making it an even more intense and memorable experience for players.

See the latest trailer here. 

I am delighted to have been able to take part in Decarnation's development, which draws its inspiration from works that are extremely dear to me, such as "Moju: The Blind Beast" by Edogawa Rampo.” said Akira Yamaoka. “It is one of my favourite novels and has inspired many of my personal creations. In many ways, Decarnation reminds me of this work, and I have developed a special connection with this game. I sincerely hope that players will enjoy it as much as I do!

Decarnation will release simultaneously on PC via Steam and Nintendo Switch on May 31 for €14.99/£13.49 and the collaboration with Akira Yamaoka is sure to generate even more anticipation for the game's release. Fans of horror games and Yamaoka's music alike can look forward to experiencing the unique blend of terror and beauty that this collaboration promises to deliver.

You can already wishlist the game on Steam here and find info and assets here and the official Twitter account here.
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About Atelier QDB

After several years working on prestigious licences like Assassin’s Creed and Ghost Recon (Ubisoft) and as a creative director for Narcosis, a psychological horror game acclaimed by critics, Quentin De Beukelaer created his own studio: Atelier QDB. He gathered a team of young talented and passionate artists and engineers to develop Decarnation, a phantasmagorical horror game with retro aesthetic and innovative gameplay. 

About Shiro unlimited

Shiro Unlimited is an independent Publishing label created by Shiro Games' co-founders Nicolas Cannasse & Sebastien Vidal and is based in Bordeaux, France. This indie games publishing label is born from a desire to foster inventive and imaginative experiences that fuse engaging narrative adventures with game-changing mechanics.