Grant Kirkhope officially confirmed that he is composing the score for the officially announced Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle.
The BAFTA nominated British composer is behind some of the most iconic scores in video game history, including Banjo-Kazooie, Donkey Kong 64, GoldenEye 007, Viva Pinata, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Civilization: Beyond Earth, Perfect Dark, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, and most recently Yooka-Laylee. He’s also composed the score for the film The King’s Daughter.
Viva Pinata was nominated by BAFTA in the Original Score category during the 2007 awards. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was nominated for Best Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media by the International Film Music Critics Association. Civilization: Beyond Earth won the Best Original Score for a Video Game or Interactive Media 2014 from the International Film Music Critics Association. He was also nominated in the 2015 ASCAP Composer’s Choice Awards for Civilization: Beyond Earth as well as the 2016 ASCAP Composer’s Choice Awards for his work on Civilization: Beyond Earth – Rising Tide. Civilization: Beyond Earth also won Best Video Game Score from Movie Music UK 2015 and Best Score for a Video Game from The Cue Awards 2015.
He has a degree in music and a major in classical trumpet from the Royal Northern College of Music. He lives in Agoura Hills, CA with his wife and two children.
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle has Mario and friends along with their Rabbids counterparts wielding laser guns in turn-based, tactical battles. Players explore a 3D environment, collecting coins, solving puzzles, and interacting with other characters and objects. Battle has you moving around the field using cover, similar to XCOM. Characters can combine their abilities to help each other. You can also use the environment to your advantage, going through pipes to flank opponents. There are also new weapons to collect as well as skill trees to upgrade.
The game is coming August 29, 2017 for the Nintendo Switch.