Composer Sarah Schachner is returning to the Assassin’s Creed series for Valhalla this year, working alongside another Assassin’s Creed veteran, Jesper Kyd, for the game’s music.
Schachner has now shared one of her songs from the soon-to-release Valhalla EP, Out of the North. The track, “The Sceptred Isle,” is slow and brooding, featuring harmonizing vocals and leaving you with a feeling of both dread and awe. Or at least that’s what I hear. It sounds like something out of Game of Thrones or The Lord of the Rings.
Schachner told Collider of her music for Valhalla, “My score for Valhalla portrays the different cultures of the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons but also merges the two together, reflecting the Vikings’ evolution as they invade and conquer, then integrate into Anglo-Scandinavian society and even convert to Christianity.”
For The Sceptred Isle specifically, Schachner said she was attempting to blend both cultures and foreshadow their violent history. The lyrics, meanwhile, come from an old Norse runestone.
Have a listen for yourself:
“The Sceptred Isle” is one of seven songs from the Valhalla EP, Out of the North, which also features compositions from Kyd and Einar Selvik. The album releases on July 17.
Schachner also composed music for Assassin’s Creed Unity and Assassin’s Creed Origins; more recently, she composed the score for 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. As for Jesper Kyd, he composed the music for the original Assassin’s Creed game, along with Assassin’s Creed II, Brotherhood, and Revelations. Einar Selvik, meanwhile, is the former drummer of the metal band Gorgoroth and the current singer of Norse band Wardruna.
For lots more on Valhalla, check out GameSpot’s new hands-on impressions in the video above. You can also read Jordan’s interview with narrative director Darby McDevitt and assistant level design director Laurence Letalien about Eivor’s mysterious identity, the interwoven story, and more.
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