Mafia III comes out tomorrow, but the studio, 2K, put the score on YouTube weeks ago. This is unusual for a AAA game like Mafia III (usually AAA games are all about secrecy), and composer Jesse Harlin was happy to allow access to his music.
And that music is such a refreshing change of pace from what you’d expect in a game with guns, territories and revenge. Mafia III is set in a fictionalized New Orleans in the late 60s, and Jesse’s score is all blues, all the time.
It’s so good. So good!
It was a pleasure to talk with Jesse about his creative process and the end result. Long live the blues!