Assassin’s Creed II (2009)
Assassin’s Creed II features a new hero, Ezio Auditore da Firenze, a young Italian noble, and a new era, the Renaissance. The game tells an epic story of family, vengeance and conspiracy set in the pristine, yet brutal, backdrop of a Renaissance Italy. Ezio befriends Leonardo da Vinci, takes on Florence’s most powerful families and ventures throughout the canals of Venice where he learns to become a master assassin.
To reflect the change in character, story and setting for Assassin’s Creed II, Jesper Kyd took the music in an adventurous and dramatic new direction, crafting a melodic, acoustic and progressive musical palette. The music propels the action, captures the allure and mystery of the story and immerses players in the breathtakingly detailed settings.
Jesper: “We created a new musical identity for Assassin’s Creed II that represents the character and story of Ezio and elevated the music, both in terms of creativity and live production, to a whole new level.”
Patrice Desilets, Creative Director of Assassin’s Creed and Assassin’s Creed II: “Jesper Kyd’s score for Assassin’s Creed II brings players into the Italian Renaissance by providing a true sense of depth for the poignant moments, while also giving a jolt of adrenaline to the action-packed sequences. We are thrilled to have Jesper Kyd back with us in making Assassin’s Creed II an epic title on all levels.”
In such instances as the surreal and hypnotic compositions that accentuate the Assassin’s approach to his target, Kyd instilled his immersive style and cinematic scoring techniques in Altair’s interior meditation and stealth modes, while also capturing the action, combat and escape sequences with measured tone that crescendos into a fast-paced fervor.
Recorded with A-List musicians and a Hollywood orchestra and choir at the world-renowned Capitol Studios. Watch Ubisoft’s behind-the-scenes video interview with Jesper here.
Tracks from Assassin’s Creed II
- Ezios Family
- Flight Over Venice
- Florence Escape
- Venice Rooftops