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The Assassin's Creed II soundtrack is a collection of music tracks composed by Danish composer Jesper Kyd that were used as background music in Assassin's Creed II. It was released online on November 16, 2009. Players who pre-ordered the Black Edition of Assassin's Creed II received a CD with 14 tracks also by Kyd.

Background

After the success of the first game, selling over 8 million copies by 2009, the Assassin's Creed franchise began. Ubisoft quickly starting developing a sequel, Assassin's Creed II and brought Jesper Kyd back to compose. Assassin's Creed II, now set in Renaissance-era Italy with a different protagonist, Ezio, needed a different sound for the score. Kyd was also given much more creative freedom as they had learned from the creation of the first and experimented more with the music. Ubisoft did not want authentic Renaissance-era as they thought it would bore the players, instead instructing Kyd to modernize it slightly.[2]

Assassin's Creed II creative director, Patrice Désilets described Kyd's soundtrack as being able to:

bring [sic] 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.[1]

There was an unreleased track that was originally intended to be Rodrigo Borgia's combat theme.[3] Jesper Kyd released this, along with four other tracks, on his Facebook page. The track was released on the Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood soundtrack as a slightly modified version named "End Fight" and was listed as an Assassin's Creed II bonus track.

Track listing

Disc one

  1. Earth (Heart) - 3:59
  2. Venice Rooftops - 3:19
  3. Ezio’s Family - 3:58
  4. Florence Tarantella - 1:52
  5. Home In Florence - 4:30
  6. Approaching Target 1 - 3:36
  7. Approaching Target 2 - 6:07
  8. Venice Fight - 2:02
  9. Florence Escape - 2:50
  10. Tour Of Venice - 3:16
  11. Flight Over Venice - 5:10
  12. Back In Venice - 1:33
  13. Dream Of Venice - 4:24
  14. Home Of The Brotherhood - 3:27
  15. Leonardo’s Inventions Part 1 - 2:12
  16. Venice Combat Low - 1:44
  17. Venice Escape - 3:27

Disc two

  1. Darkness Falls In Florence - 4:50
  2. Sanctuary - 4:06
  3. The Madam - 1:05
  4. Approaching The Target 3 - 5:53
  5. Flight Over Venice 2 - 5:19
  6. Ezio In Florence - 2:19
  7. Venice Industry - 3:09
  8. Stealth - 2:23
  9. Venice Combat - 2:04
  10. Notorious - 1:15
  11. Night Mission In Venice - 2:12
  12. Chariot Chase - 3:21
  13. The Plague - 3:30
  14. Wetlands Combat - 2:49
  15. Wetlands Escape - 2:37
  16. Leonardo’s Inventions Part 2 - 2:48
  17. Hideout - 2:40
  18. The Animus 2.0 - 4:14

Black Edition Album

Although it was marketed as a "complete" soundtrack, the CD included with the Black Edition of Assassin's Creed II had less than half of the tracks on Disc 1. Instead, it was actually a compilation of cues randomly selected from the above two albums, shown by the fact that few of the tracks even follow the arrangement on their original discs.

Track listing

  1. Earth - 3:59
  2. Venice Rooftops - 3:18
  3. Ezio in Florence - 2:19
  4. Home in Florence - 5:02
  5. Ezio's Family - 4:21
  6. Sanctuary - 3:56
  7. Stealth - 2:20
  8. Florence Escape - 2:50
  9. Approaching Target 1 - 3:34
  10. Approaching Target 2 - 6:07
  11. Leonardo's Invention, Part 1 - 2:22
  12. Tour of Venice - 3:16
  13. Flight Over Venice - 4:50
  14. Darkness Falls - 4:05

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Assassin's Creed II. Jesper Kyd. Archived from the original on February 21, 2019. Retrieved on June 20, 2020.
  2. Price, Andy (08-10-2018). Jesper Kyd Interview – Revelations. MusicTech. Archived from the original on June 20, 2020. Retrieved on June 20, 2020.
  3. YouTube Assassins Creed II - Rodrigo Final Fight on the OrangeC YouTube channel

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