Ubisoft has released a second EP of select tracks from the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.
The EP, called The Ravens Saga, features music from composers Jesper Kyd, Sarah Schachner, and two originals by Einar Selvik. Packed full of hard-edged strings, thunderous percussion and strident, chanting choirs, it is every inch a viking symphony.
Kyd is no stranger to video game fans, whose soundtracks for the Assassin’s Creed Ezio trilogy are revered. He’s most recently been seen composing on Borderlands 3, State of Decay 2 and Robinson: The Journey.
One of the most notable tracks is the official Assassin’s Creed Valhalla theme. Composed by Kyd, Schachner and Selvik, it sets the mood for the entire game.
“We wanted the atmosphere of the theme to instantly transport the listener to another time and place, filled with mystery and uncertainty. There are Norse instruments, but they are used in a more modern way. The theme represents Eivor’s journey as well as the Vikings’ hope for a better life as they move further south into the Anglo-Saxon regions.” Jesper Kyd added, “We wanted to evoke Eivor’s journey, what drives them and the bond they have with their family. Eivor is searching for something and this longing to find it and resolve it is a key element reflected in the melody and mood.”
Where can I hear it?
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launches October 17, 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC exclusively via the Epic Games Store. It will come to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X once they are released.
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