Danish composer Jesper Kyd has written a lot of music for video games. Some of the hits from his highlight reel include the Hitman franchise for which he won a BAFTA in 2005 for Hitman: Contracts. He’s also scored Borderlands, the upcoming Forza Motorsport 4, and the entire Assassin’s Creed franchise whose most recent entry was Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood – a sequel in a series which earned Kyd another BAFTA nomination in 2007 with the original Assassin’s Creed.
Looking at his rather impressive list of credits, it’s clear that if you’ve played a video game within the last 20 years chances are that Jesper Kyd was serenading your ear holes while you stabbed some dude in the face. So, without surprise, Ubisoft confirmed today that Jesper Kyd will be returning for the fourth installment in the popular historical stealth franchise, Assassin’s Creed Revelations.
Kyd will be composing the soundtrack alongside Lorne Balfe, and it will be available when the game releases on November 15th. The previous installments of the Assassin’s Creed franchise have showcased musical stylings that have utilized period specific instrumentation in combination with Kyd’s talent for orchestration and electronic manipulation. Revelations will be no exception, as the press release also explains that the music this time around will have a more Greek and Middle Eastern influence. The score is also set to highlight the cultural diversity of Constantinople.
Given the labyrinthine nature of the plot of the Assassin’s Creed franchise it might be difficult to grasp how Ezio and AltaÃ¯r are present in this one game. The plot behind this installment will tell the story of Ezio following in the footsteps of his ancestor AltaÃ¯r (the trailers have shown Ezio having ghostly hallucinations/visions). His journey will take him all the way to the heart of the Ottoman empire, Constantinople. Of course what would an Assassin’s Creed game be without Templars, and just as Ezio gets to Constantinople wouldn’t ya know that an army of Templars is already amassing threatening to destabilize the entire region.
So what do you guys think? Does the inclusion of Jesper Kyd do anything to sway you as far as this game is concerned? Do you like his music? Let us know in the comments below.
Read our Assassin’s Creed Revelations multiplayer impressions for our thoughts on the gameplay.