Microsoft has released the launch trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider–and it does not disappoint. The video is set to an original song–“I Shall Rise”–by Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O. Expect to hear it not only in this launch trailer, but also in Microsoft’s upcoming worldwide TV advertising campaign.
O earned an Academy Award nomination for “Moon Song,” the track she wrote for Spike Jonze’s Her. She’s also written music for Where the Wild Things Are and was behind that eerie cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” featured in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
“I Shall Rise” is available now on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and other digital music services. It’s the first song she’s ever written for a video game.
“They wanted an emotional song that captures the intensity of the moment Lara Croft transforms into the Tomb Raider, the theme of a young woman becoming an icon,” O said in a statement. “I was very intrigued by the challenge and I guess I was amidst a significant transformation of my own being pregnant at the time I wrote it. Now that I have a brought a life into the world I have no trouble relating to a character like Lara’s who pushes past her own limits to prevail under extreme circumstances.”
O added that “I Shall Rise” is something of a “less groovy” nod to Gloria Gaynor’s famous tune, “I Will Survive.”
“I’m excited by the artistry of video games; they’re inspired,” O said. “It’s no surprise that there’s a whole culture of kids who just like to watch people play them. There’s plenty of storyline, character, and tone to sink your teeth into. Writing a song for the game felt pretty much like writing a song for a film. I had a lot of fun writing for it.”
The Rise of the Tomb Raider release date is set in for November 10 across Xbox One and Xbox 360, while the PC and PlayStation 4 versions launch in 2016. For more, check out GameSpot’s recent interview with Rise of the Tomb Raider writer Rhianna Pratchett.
In other recent news, Microsoft has said it’s not worried about Rise of the Tomb Raider and Fallout 4 launching on the same day.