Here’s a strange one – Irish musician AVA (Éabha McMahon) has dropped a sneaky bit of information about a potential big PlayStation remake being announced later this year, while on a radio interview with Ireland’s WLR FM station.
“I just recently wrote a song for a PlayStation game with Michael McGlynn,” AVA is quoted as saying during the interview (via Gematsu).
Michael McGlynn, an Irish composer, has something of a tangential history of working on PlayStation projects, having worked alongside Japanese composer Yasunori Mitsuda in the past with his choral ensemble, Anúna, on a remaster of the original Xenogears soundtrack in 2018. Mitsuda-san was also recently seen on a remote call with McGlynn in a tweet by his music label, working on something new.
In the radio interview, AVA continues, “Yeah, so that actually happened about a year and half—it was just after the pandemic hit. Michael McGlynn got in touch and just said, ‘Listen, we’re writing music for a remake of a PlayStation game’—and he’s done that a lot, he’s done a lot of writing for different games that are very well known. But I’m actually not a gamer myself.
“So anyway, he says, ‘Look, it’s an Irish language piece that they’re looking for.’ So really what I was involved with was the lyric writing in the Irish language, and his daughter sang on the track and his wife arranged part of the choral parts, and so did Michael. And he also worked with me on the language side of things, so it was almost like a family effort.
“For ages I wasn’t allowed to really—you don’t know what you’re writing for, it’s all kind of undisclosed because they don’t want it to get out. So it’s actually going to be announced at Christmas—the name of the game. I have heard of it now and I have confirmed it is a big game, which is great! It’s going to be an Irish language piece in the game, which is brilliant.”
While none of what the singer-songwriter has revealed has been substantiated, it’s fairly compelling given the circumstances and so it’ll be interesting to see how and where an announcement is made, if any. With Metal Gear Solid remake rumours still circling this adds potential fuel to that fire, but as Mitsuda-san’s on board this could even lean more into classic PlayStation JRPG territory.
With Geoff Keighley’s The Game Awards show airing on December 9, perhaps we can expect to see something there.