Sound Byte: Assassin's Creed: Revelations OST preview

We present to you a short sample of Jesper Kyd's latest work in the next Assassin's Creed title.

The last time we highlighted the soundtrack for the Assassin's Creed series, we interviewed composer Jesper Kyd about his start in the industry and his involvement with Ubisoft's open-ended adventure title. In light of the impending release of Assassin's Creed: Revelations, we are giving you a sneak preview of the game's soundtrack courtesy of Ubisoft and the composer himself.

According to Kyd, he took the upcoming game's score in a new direction to match the setting of Constantinople. Because the city was a melting pot of different cultures and predominantly used Greek as its main spoken language, the game's soundtrack contains a lot of Greek influences and Middle Eastern elements. Kyd said that he added new musical ideas to reflect the story's continuation from its prequel, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.

He was encouraged to not only bring back recurring themes from the original Assassin's Creed, but also bring back more of his electronic elements that brought him into the business in the first place. "The subtle electronic elements have always been important to the Assassin’s Creed scores since they amplify the idea that we are living inside the Animus, seeing everything through Desmond’s eyes."

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"To reflect the story's multicultural setting of 16th-century Constantinople--a melting pot of many different cultures where Greek was the main spoken language--I composed a hybrid music score drawing on Greek, Renaissance, and Middle Eastern instrumentation, while combining the melodic writing approach and acoustic/electronic styles I've developed for the series."

The Traitor

"Since Revelations also features Altair from the first Assassin's Creed, I brought back some of his themes and rebooted these to fit with the music approach of Assassin's Creed II and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. This track has a lot of live elements mixed with a mystical, meditation-type sound. The idea behind the first Assassin's Creed score was that in 1191, the assassins had fewer distractions and were 100 percent committed at all times to the Brotherhood. This kind of commitment was identified by a score that was inspired by meditation.

"When Altair becomes 'engaged' and starts his mission of tailing and assassinating his target, that's when his senses become 110 percent focused and his training and instinct kicks in. Having a meditative mood for this type of moment (instead of an epic cue) is just one of the many elements I have worked on to give the Assassin's Creed series its own kind of unique atmosphere and soundtrack."

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28 comments
Brutalgmer
Brutalgmer

Why isn't the opening song in Assassin's Creed Revelations in the Soundtrack or even the carriage battle? i love both of those songs.

IndigOToxiC
IndigOToxiC

I want to download the song which is played at the main menu of the game... :(

Samrat_Ashok
Samrat_Ashok

Love it. All previous games had awesome OSTs. Can't wait to hear this one's.

true_gamer007
true_gamer007

Jesper Kyd is really a star! "Ezio's Family" is one of my favorite soundtracks.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

I love this music, good music like this is the perfect acompaniment for a series like Assasin's Creed.

LX710
LX710

The music has always been very important to me in Assassin's Creed to create the perfect atmosphere. It sounds like Jesper Kyd succeeds again. 'Welcome to Kostantiniyye' is already one of my favourites of the series.

gotrekfabian
gotrekfabian

Inspiring stuff. Very clever the way that he mixes mood and location at the same time. Wouldn't know where to start. :S

helios_k
helios_k

Heavenly... it just gets me high!

SHERNEE
SHERNEE

Oh very nice tunes.. Never disappoints me :) .

Hm1911
Hm1911

Great game and great soundtrack. I really like everything in this game

Pawfalcon
Pawfalcon

Can't wait for the next game, and the music was always one of my favorite parts (Especially Venice in AC 2).

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

music in brotherhood was somewhat more dramatic and perhaps militaristic and i like the touch of elegance in these two from revelations. The "approaching target" theme in AC1 was a success. It connects current storytime with the virtual past, as its sound is modern compared to most other themes. That discreetly reminded gamers that what is happening is not real, just memories given flesh in a high tech machine. That's why i think that track was very unique, and alienates me to hear the mix of it with loud oriental beats in the "the traitor" track, especially after 1:23. this post is long so thanks for reading it.

Assemblent
Assemblent

Amazing, it instantly transported me to the new AC: Revelations even before the game is out. How cool is that?

THizzle7XU
THizzle7XU

Jesper Kyd makes the best soundtracks in the business.

Thug2Wasteland
Thug2Wasteland

I admire the second one, it really gives me this vibe that I am about to enter some serious territory. Jesper Kyd, you have my grand respect. Got this purchased and I cannot wait to hear your masterpiece when I pick the game up next week!

pip3dream
pip3dream

jesper is fantastic on these game soundtracks. assassins creed II was the first 'game soundtrack' i ever seriously bought (and i've been playing games for 20 years). really good at capturing moods of past and reflecting them into the future.

sambucca666
sambucca666

Love Jesper Kyd's stuff, just such a shame he won't be doing Hitman: Absolutions. To hear that style of bombastic score played out with modern synths and a real orchestra would've been amazing. I'm sure ACR will sate my needs though!

EE061003
EE061003

KYD and splendid OST goes hand to hand

Wingman1977
Wingman1977

I have the soundtrack for the 1st 3 games (I like the AC2 soundtrack the best) and I'll have AC:R soundtrack as well (since it'll come with my GS reservation of the game). Kyd is one of the best (if not the best) video game soundtrack composers out there.

HyruleanLink
HyruleanLink

One of the best video game composers out there. Always does an excellent job for the music score.

ishan316
ishan316

The snippets are very good, The Traitor in particular. Jesper Kyd always captures the game mood perfectly whether he's working in Assassin's Creed or the Hitman games.

Black_Hand_313
Black_Hand_313

I'd buy Assassins Creed Revelations for the music alone :)