Warlords Battlecry (partially lost soundtrack of real time strategy game; 2000)

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Cover art for the game itself.

Status: Partially Lost

Warlords Battlecry is a real-time strategy game developed by Strategic Studies Group (SSG) and published by Strategic Simulations, Inc (SSI). The game was released in the year 2000 with a soundtrack based off of the DirectMusic component of DirectX, although two fully-fledged CD audio tracks were included in the game as well. The CD audio track was significantly higher quality than the DirectMusic tracks, yet these were not the only tracks of that caliber to be featured in the game, as some were only partially present in cinematic cutscenes. These were then uploaded raw to the SSG website on their "downloads" section as MP3s named after the various hero classes in the game. Along with music from the cinematics are songs which have only appeared on that page alone, and can be assumed to have been intended to be included in the full game at one point. The mentioned section on the SSG website is no longer available, but can be accessed through the Wayback Machine, albeit some key factors to retrieving the music files are still in the way.[1][2]

The files for download on the Wayback Machine are all described to be of specific filesizes, yet they are all downloaded at exactly 1048311 bytes, with the exception of Paladin.mp3 which is shorter than one minute and four seconds and thus under 1048311 bytes and is also part of the CD audio so it cannot be considered found either way.[2] A file known as Ranger.mp3 is not present on any Wayback Machine capture, which makes it the only fully lost track. The leading theory is that the Wayback Machine only managed to capture the bits worth one minute and four seconds.

Some of these files have been recovered by the Warlords Battlecry fan community and are used in the "The Protectors" standalone mod for the third entry in the series, they are thus considered found.[3]

The Files

# MP3 title Use ingame Status
1 Alchemist.mp3 Parts used in cinematics Partially Lost
2 Archmage.mp3 Unused Found
3 Assassin.mp3 Parts used in cinematics Partially Lost
4 Barbarian.mp3 Unused Partially Lost
5 Bard.mp3 Parts used in cinematics Partially Lost
6 Druid.mp3 Parts used in cinematics Found
7 Fighter.mp3 Unused Partially Lost
8 Healer.mp3 Unused Partially Lost
9 Illusionist.mp3 Parts used in cutscenes Found
10 Necromancer.mp3 Presumably unused Partially Lost
11 Paladin.mp3 Fully used Found
12 Pyromancer.mp3 Unused Partially Lost
13 Ranger.mp3 Unknown Lost
14 Runemaster.mp3 Parts used in cinematics Found
15 Summoner.mp3 Fully used Found
16 Thief.mp3 Unused Found

Gallery

Supplementary video with most the songs

References