Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Celebrates Main Theme Release with Cinematic Trailer, New EP
Sydney, Australia — August 8, 2020 — Today, Ubisoft celebrated the release of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s main theme with a new version of its announcement cinematic trailer. Featuring a remix of the main theme, the trailer follows Eivor, a fierce Viking raider, as she battles her way through King Aelfred’s Saxon army. Composed by Sarah Schachner and Jesper Kyd featuring Einar Selvik, the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla main theme will be the opening track to the “The Ravens Saga” EP.
“The Ravens Saga” is the second seven-track EP taken from the official Assassin’s Creed Valhalla soundtrack. Featuring original compositions from Jesper Kyd, Sarah Schachner, and two original tracks by Einar Selvik, the EP is now available to stream on Spotify and purchase on iTunes.
The full “The Ravens Saga” EP tracklist includes:
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Main Theme (feat. Einar Selvik) – Sarah Schachner, Jesper Kyd
- Son of Fjord – Jesper Kyd
- Asgard – Hall of the Aesir (feat. Einar Selvik) – Sarah Schachner
- Hausbrjótr – Skullcrusher – Einar Selvik
- Odin’s Plunder – Sarah Schachner
- The Well of Wyrd – Jesper Kyd
- Vígahugr – Lust for Battle (Skaldic Version) – Einar Selvik
On composing the main theme, Sarah Schachner said that, “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.”
With development led by Ubisoft Montreal*, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla follows the epic saga of Eivor, a fierce Viking raider raised on tales of battle and glory. Offering a captivating Viking experience, the game brings players to a beautiful and mysterious open world set against the brutal backdrop of England’s Dark Ages. Players can take advantage of new features including raids, settlement customization, and an upgraded combat system in a quest to earn a place among the gods in Valhalla.
Assassin’s Creed® Valhalla, will release worldwide on November 17, 2020 on Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Stadia, and for Windows PC exclusively on both the Epic Games Store and the Ubisoft Store. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will release on Xbox Series X and PlayStation®5 upon the launch of the consoles.
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About Jesper Kyd
BAFTA award-winning Danish composer Jesper Kyd is one of the most celebrated composers in video games, renowned for his experimental approach to crafting unique soundtracks and creating iconic music for blockbuster video game franchises including ASSASSIN’S CREED, BORDERLANDS, DARKSIDERS, HITMAN and STATE OF DECAY. Constantly pushing musical boundaries and transcending genre expectations, Kyd’s recent releases include BORDERLANDS 3, STATE OF DECAY 2, WARHAMMER: VERMINTIDE 2 and the internationally acclaimed dark fantasy film TUMBBAD on Amazon Prime. His film and television scores also include the #1 Chinese box office fantasy action adventure CHRONICLES OF THE GHOSTLY TRIBE, based on the best-selling novel ‘Ghost Blows Out The Light’, and the SyFy TV anthology series METAL HURLANT CHRONICLES based on the ‘Metal Hurlant’ graphic novels (‘Heavy Metal’ in the US).
Kyd has received top honors for Best Original Score from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Critics Choice Film Awards, Hollywood Music in Media Awards, Game Audio Network Guild as well as nominations from Billboard, CNN, MTV Video Music Awards and Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. Recently he 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. His music is regularly performed in concerts and festivals by orchestras worldwide including the Krakow Film Music Festival, WDR Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Symphony of the Shadows at Game Music Festival Poland, Video Games Live, Game On! Symphonic Concerts and the Assassin’s Creed Symphony World Tour.
About Sarah Schachner
“Sarah Schachner creates music for worlds at the edges of our imagination,” Electronic Musician.
Sarah Schachner is an American composer based in Los Angeles. Combining her dynamic talents as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and synth artist, Schachner has emerged as a bold new force in film and video games scoring blockbuster titles such as ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘Assassin’s Creed’. Her diverse musical background has given her a unique approach, flowing naturally between the experimental and the classic. She often blends authentic folk string instruments with analog synths, electronic production, and orchestra. Hailed as “A rising star in the soundtrack world” (Game Informer), Sarah’s evocative time-travelling and intergalactic cinematic scores span multiple genres, from the ancient Egyptian mysticism of Assassin’s Creed Origins to the futuristic sci-fi world of Anthem, and back to the present day with Infinity Ward’s highly acclaimed ‘Modern Warfare’. She performed her alien-esque vocoder themes of Anthem live at the 2018 Game Awards.
Recent credits include: Call of Duty Modern Warfare (2019), Anthem (2018), Assassin’s Creed Origins (2017), Call of Duty Infinite Warfare, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Chef’s Table (Netflix), NASA Cassini Finale Music Project.
About Einar Selvik
Einar Selvik is a Norwegian composer, and the main musician and founder of the Norwegian musical constellation Wardruna, a project renowned for their innovative and genre-creating renditions of older Nordic traditions. By using the oldest Nordic instruments, poetry and poetic metres in a contemporary soundscape, Einar has managed to merge the scholarly with the pop-cultural, reaching audiences world-wide and stretching the limitations of musical genres. Einar has lectured about his work with historical music in Universities such as Oxford, Denver, Reykjavik, and Bergen; and his work is used to exemplify how music might have been executed in earlier times in Scandinavia by Top international scholars on Old Norse studies.
Einar and Wardruna have contributed extensively on the soundtrack and music for History Channel´s TV-series VIKINGS, where he also appeared in two episodes as a singer. The massive musical contributions to the show have exposed their music to a broad audience worldwide. Since then, they have performed sold out shows worldwide, including major festival headline appearances (Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Hellfest, Summer Breeze, Roadburn, Rock oz Arenes, Rock the Coast and many more). Wardruna has previously charted in both Germany and the UK and topped the North American Billboard World-music chart for several consecutive weeks.
Einar was recently awarded the EGIL STORBEKKEN´S MUSIC PRIZE 2020. The prize is a national honorary award that was created in memory of the Norwegian musician, composer and cultural bearer Egil Storbekken. It can be given to people who have made an extraordinary effort in various work with Norwegian folk music, and especially the older folk instruments.
About Assassin’s Creed
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.
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About Lakeshore Records
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Recent Lakeshore Records titles include the Apple TV+ flagship launch series The Morning Show composed by Carter Burwell, Randy Newman’s Marriage Story, and Red Dead Redemption 2 featuring music by Daniel Lanois, Willie Nelson, D’Angelo, Rhiannon Giddens, Josh Homme, and Rocco DeLuca.
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