An iconic Call of Duty composer could return for Modern Warfare 3

An iconic Call of Duty composer could return for Modern Warfare 3
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Joseph Kime


25th Aug 2023 10:48

The excitement for Modern Warfare III is real.

Though we don't yet know how much of the game is going to be completely original (given that the sequel is expected to be built pretty heavily on its predecessor's design and engine), but more of a great CoD can't be a bad thing for consumers, especially more of Modern Warfare II, the fastest-selling game in the franchise's history.

And now it looks like those good things keep on coming, as rumours indicate that an icon of the franchise is returning to baste the game in audio goodness.

Modern Warfare 2 (2009) composer may return for MWIII

The key art for 2009's Modern Warfare 2.
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According to industry insider RalphsValve, we may be in for a treat when it comes to the score of Modern Warfare III, as an industry legend could be making a pretty bold return.

Lorne Balfe, the composer who worked alongside Hans Zimmer on the soundtrack of 2009's Modern Warfare 2 could be set to rejoin the series with a brand new score, according to the leaker.

There's no word yet on if the intention is to get Balfe to replicate his previous work to evoke nostalgia or to do something entirely new, but if he appears at all, we can safely assume that the score for Modern Warfare III is going to be an absolute banger.

What has Lorne Balfe been up to?

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Balfe only had one crack at the Call of Duty franchise, assisting Zimmer in developing the Modern Warfare 2 score, but he's been pretty busy since.

In the meantime, he's developed scores for the likes of Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning, Dungeons & Dragons, Black Widow, and even Top Gun: Maverick.

He's clearly accomplished, and judging by his work on Modern Warfare 2, it's for good reason. His return would herald a return to form for music in Call of Duty - and we're well overdue for another multiplayer menu banger.

Joseph Kime is the Senior Trending News Journalist for GGRecon from Devon, UK. Before graduating from MarJon University with a degree in Journalism, he started writing music reviews for his own website before writing for the likes of FANDOM, Zavvi and The Digital Fix. He is host of the Big Screen Book Club podcast, and author of Building A Universe, a book that chronicles the history of superhero movies. His favourite games include DOOM (2016), Celeste and Pokemon Emerald.

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