Video game fans across the world are excited about Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla — out now — and I’d like to emphasize the compelling music in the game. It’s truly stunning work. The composers — Jesper Kyd, Sarah Schachner, and Einar Selvik — have put together more than 120 minutes of engaging melodies and soundscapes that complement the extraordinary world-building the game’s designers have unleashed unto the world.
Today, Vehlinggo proudly premieres the second of two Assassin’s Creed Valhalla-focused episodes of Lakeshore Records’ On Cue With…, today featuring host Alon Levitan’s interview with Kyd, the BAFTA Award-winning Danish composer whose storied career has been connected to Assassin’s Creed from the beginning.
Kyd’s earned a host of awards and award nominations from critics and noble institutions on both sides of the pond, and recently was honored with the Nile Rodgers Global Creators Award for his innovative and unique body of work, joining the esteemed ranks of entertainment industry luminaries Spike Lee and Tony Visconti.
“For Valhalla, my approach was to write music that felt realistic and authentic to the Viking era while letting modern elements of the Animus infiltrate the score — blending the music into something new, yet uniquely Assassin’s Creed in its sound,” Kyd said. “I also allowed for a lot of air and space in the live recordings to emulate instruments being recorded outside among the forests and fjords.”
(For those who missed yesterday’s interview with Selvik, one of the other composers for the game, here it is.)
Stream and/or download the full Assassin’s Creed Valhalla — Original Game Soundtrack here. Lakeshore Records, in conjunction with Ubisoft, released the 47-track album digitally earlier this month.
About Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, players can take advantage of new features inspired by the Viking Culture, including raids, assaults, growing their settlement, building their power, and expanding their influence. Players must carve out a new future for their clan, reliving the ruthless fighting style of Viking warriors with a renewed combat system that includes the ability to dual-wield weapons against a greater variety of enemies than ever before.
Since it first launched in 2007, the Assassin’s Creed series has sold more than 140 million games worldwide. The franchise is now established as one of the best-selling series in video game history. Recognized for having some of the richest, most engrossing storytelling in the industry, Assassin’s Creed transcends video games, branching out into numerous other entertainment media.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is out now on your favorite consoles and platforms.
Lakeshore Records has also released soundtracks to Drive, Mr. Robot, Stranger Things, The Old Guard, I Am Not Your Negro, The Wolf of Snow Hollow, Halt and Catch Fire, and Possessor, among so many others.