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Assassin's Creed Shadows

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X
Genre: Action/Adventure
Release Date: Nov. 15, 2024

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'Assassin's Creed Shadows' Soundtrack Composed By The Flight, Thunderdrum, Tiggs Da Author And Psych-rock Group TEKE::TEKE

by Rainier on June 12, 2024 @ 11:03 a.m. PDT

Assassin’s Creed Shadows will immerse players in 16th century Japan. The country is heading towards a brutal path to unification, where unrest grows as new coalitions appear and corruptive foreign influences infiltrate the land.

Players will experience the intertwined stories of Naoe, an adept shinobi Assassin from the Iga Province, and Yasuke, the powerful samurai of historical legend. Discover their personal stories, meet pivotal historical figures, and shape the duo’s common destiny as they usher in a new era for Japan.  

As Naoe and Yasuke, players can master two complementary playstyles, with each character featuring their own progression paths, skills, weapon options, and stats. Whether they embrace Naoe’s stealth skills or Yasuke’s combat prowess, players will have plenty of ways to approach objectives. With Naoe, they will experience refined infiltration mechanics using light, noise, shadows, and changing surroundings to avoid detection from enemies. With Yasuke, they will be able to take on larger groups of enemies with brutal precision. 

The game will let players explore a vast open world with a variety of landscapes evolving through weather and seasons. From spectacular castle towns and bustling ports to peaceful shrines and pastoral landscapes, feudal Japan comes to life with unprecedented dynamism built from the ground up with the latest version of Anvil engine and the power of new-gen consoles.  

In this troubled period, information is key and will be at the heart of the renewed exploration mechanics. Players will build their own spies’ network to unveil new areas and hunt down targets. Allies with highly specialized skills and abilities can also be recruited to help during missions. The creation of their own customizable hideout will enable players to enhance their network and train their new crew. From base building and layout to decorations and accessories, they will be able to craft a unique place to call home. 

Ubisoft announced the composers involved in the making of Assassin’s Creed® Shadows’ original soundtrack. Four exclusive tracks will be made available on Friday 14th at 12:01AM local time on all platforms available on the following page: https://ubisoftmusic.ffm.to/themesofshadows.

After the release of the gameplay walkthrough during Ubisoft Forward, Ubisoft reveals the talents who will craft the musical atmosphere of Assassin’s Creed Shadows. Coming from different backgrounds, exploring different genres and influences, they will strike as one to deliver an immersive, surprising and memorable original soundtrack for players. Three different composers' teams have been involved:

The music duo The Flight, made up of Joe Henson and Alexis Smith, who previously worked on Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, are returning to compose the original score for Assassin’s Creed Shadows. They worked closely with the teams at Ubisoft to incorporate traditional Japanese instruments and musicians into a modern style, creating a unique sound for the Shadows universe

Ubisoft Québec also worked closely with Montreal-based Japanese psych-rock group, TEKE::TEKE, to create several original songs for the Shadows universe. The band uses traditional Japanese instruments, flute and trombone alongside a frenzied rage of guitars and cinematic vocals, with a sound reminiscent of 1960’s and 70’s-era psychedelic Japanese soundtracks. TEKE::TEKE uses a studied and experimental approach to craft their emotive soundscapes, bringing an unexpected twist to the players’ musical journey all throughout Shadows.

Additionally, Hugo Brijs, Alex Cameron Ward, and Félix Rebaud-Sauer, from composer team Thunderdrum, worked alongside Tiggs Da Author, a Tanzanian-born rapper, singer, songwriter and producer from South London to create a psychedelic rock fusion, bringing an additional layer to the Assassin's Creed Shadows' soundtrack.

By blending a large array of sounds, music, influences and voices, Ubisoft Québec wants to create an immersive yet surprising musical tapestry for players to discover in-game. With this first EP, listeners will get to discover the biggest musical themes of the game, including a fully original and unique rendition of the franchise' theme, Ezio's Family, by TEKE:TEKE.

Fans pre-ordering Assassin’s Creed Shadows will receive an additional quest for any pre-ordered edition. The Gold, Ultimate, and Collector’s Editions of Assassin’s Creed Shadows were announced as well: 

  • The Gold Edition will include the base game, the Season Pass (including a bonus quest with additional unlockable content as well as two upcoming expansions) and 3 days early access to the game. 
  • The Ultimate Edition will include the base game, the Season Pass, the Ultimate Pack and 3 days early access to the game. The Ultimate Pack will contain the Sekiryu Character Pack (Naoe and Yasuke outfit and weapon, trinket and mount), the Sekiryu Hideout Pack, 5 Skill points and a Red and black photo mode filter. 
  • The Collector’s Edition will include the base game, the Season Pass, the Ultimate Pack, physical content and 3 days early access to the game. The physical content will be a Steelbook, the World map, Naoe & Yasuke Figurine, life-size Naoe's Katana Tsuba, a Wall Creed Scroll, an 84 pages collector's artbook and 2 sumi-e lithographs. 

Assassin’s Creed Shadows is coming to PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Amazon Luna, Macs with Apple silicon via the Mac App Store as well as PC (Ubisoft Store and the Epic Games Store) on November 15, 2024 at $69.99. Players who subscribe to Ubisoft+ or purchase the Ultimate Edition can get the game three days early on November 12th.  


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