New York, March 2nd, 2005 – The original soundtrack from Eidos' #1 selling videogame HITMAN: CONTRACTS, composed and produced by Jesper Kyd, has been awarded best "Original Music" at the 2005 BAFTA Games Awards (www.bafta.org). The award honours the best original music score within an interactive videogame, recognising excellence in composition, production and integration.
The soundtrack to HITMAN: CONTRACTS features Jesper Kyd's distinct blend of minimalist electronica and dark orchestral and choral grooves. The soundtrack CD is available through Sumthing Else Music Works (www.sumthing.com) and has garnered widespread acclaim as one of the truly groundbreaking original albums from a videogame. "Many have tried to turn a video game soundtrack into a musical experience. But few have succeeded in creating a coherent, satisfying listening experience as well as Jesper Kyd," noted EQ Magazine.
HITMAN: CONTRACTS takes you into the mind of Agent 47, the most ruthlessly efficient contract killer in history. Enter a world of crime, sin and greed as Agent 47 encounters his greatest adversaries to-date. HITMAN: CONTRACTS explores the dark psychology of killing for a living and is the darkest, most disturbing episode in the series. Developed by IO Interactive, the videogame is available on PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC.
Jesper Kyd is currently scoring Hitman: Blood Money. For more information visit www.jesperkyd.com.
Io-Interactive (www.ioi.dk) was established in September 1998 as a joint venture between Nordisk Film & TV A/S and the game developer Reto-Moto. Based in Copenhagen, Io-Interactive develops advanced 3D computer games for the global market. Using proprietary technologies, Io products are represented on all major platforms. Since its start in 1998, IOI have released the titles "Hitman: Codename 47" in 2000, "Hitman 2: Silent Assassin" in 2002. October 2003 saw the release of "Freedom Fighters" - a squad-based action shooter, set in a counterfactual present, presuming that Soviet Union won WWII and invades USA. In April 2004 IO Interactive released the third installment in the acclaimed Hitman series "Hitman: Contracts."
Today, IOI is a part of the Eidos group, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software. Eidos and IOI joined forces in March 2004 to be able to set even higher standards in their respective fields of excellence.
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