I’m not sure if Gears of War was the first game to marry a recycled 80s pop tune to a visually discordant trailer, but it’s certainly the most famous example of this mini-movement. And it’s still inspiring publishers and developers today, as Bandai Namco recently released a new Dark Souls III trailer soundtracked by “True Colors.”
Originally recorded by Cyndi Lauper for her album of the same name, a cover of “True Colors” is used in the trailer above to contrast the game’s grotesque menagerie of monsters against the hero’s inner feelings. Will he be consumed by darkness, or serve as a shining beacon to the land? We’ll all find out together when Dark Souls III is released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on April 12.