The frontman for Nine Inch Nails and Academy Award winning composer of the soundtrack for The Social Network, Trent Reznor, has confirmed that he’ll be doing the theme song for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
The game, which is currently in development at Treyarch and to be published by Activision, is set to feature an “aggressively sounding” guitar, bass, and drums-based track. Jack Wall, who composed much of the music in the Mass Effect series will be doing the soundtrack for the rest of Black Ops 2.
Speaking in an interview with USA Today, Reznor shared his enthusiasm for videogames, and namedropped a few titles—Diablo 3 and Skyrim–as being some of his recent favorites. He expressed his awe at the state of the game industry, which he says has pretty much blown up since he composed the soundtrack for the original Quake with id Software a decade and a half ago.
“I was in there a month ago or so and there's everybody in their cubicles working on minutiae that fits into this whole in some way,” he said of his visit to Treyarch. “And I start thinking, 'Man, this is coming out in a few months. Somebody has planned out that all these pieces fit together.' I know how hard it is to get three other guys and the lights to come on for a tour. It is mind-blowing to see that coordination and effort and the handshaking part. It's very impressive.”