Double Academy Award Winning Gustavo Santaolalla to Score The Last of Us

We already knew that The Last of Us had an amazing studio developing the game, but now it has been revealed that multi-award winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla will also be working on the post-apocalyptic title.

Santaolalla won back-to-back Academy Awards for Best Score for Brokeback Mountain (2005) and Babel (2006), as well as BAFTA Awards, a BMI Icon Award, 2 Golden Globe Awards, 2 Grammy Awards and 12 Latin Grammy Awards.

Neil Druckmann said at a presentation at Santa Monica:

He’s awesome. He picks and chooses what he works on – he could work on all these big movies. We brought him in here, showed him the game, walked him through the whole story and what we’re trying to do, and he said ‘I want to be a part of this’.


With this music we’re trying to get emotion. We’re not going for horror. There’s going to be horrific things happening in this game, but that’s not the focus of it. The monsters aren’t the focus of it, it’s the relationship between Joel and Ellie.

The main theme will be acoustic guitar-led, like much of Santaolalla’s work.