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The story starts as Eivor is summoned to Ireland by their long-lost cousin Barid. Quickly they are drafted by the High–King of Ireland Flann Sinna to embark on a perilous journey to unite the warring factions and unravel the mysteries of an ancient druidic cult, the Children of Danu. The intriguing but treacherous Celtic Ireland is a whole new region to explore, including three provinces and the city of Dublin. The expansion also features famous historical landmarks such as the Giant’s Causeway, Hill of Tara, Black Pig’s Dyke, Ben Bulben and more.
Says Selvik: “It was a pleasure to be back working with the Ubisoft team and to compose songs for Wrath of the Druids. It gave me the opportunity to dive deeper into ancient Irish lore and tradition and it also gave me the opportunity to work with Julie Fowlis, whose talent and work with traditional Gaelic music, is something I have great respect and admiration for. Hope you will enjoy!”
Adds Aruj: “Diving back into the Assassin’s Creed world was a blast; Valhalla‘s Ireland expansion allowed me to dig into some gritty Celtic colors to accompany Eivor on her journey.”
ABOUT MAX ARUJ
Max Aruj is a composer born and raised in Los Angeles. His latest feature release is Crawl (2019), produced by Sam Raimi, and directed by Alexandre Aja. Upcoming releases this year include Eytan Rockaway’s Lansky, starring Harvey Keitel, and Jonathan Hensleigh’s The Ice Road, starring Liam Neeson. Aruj co-produced Gryffin’s Deluxe orchestral album (2020). He composed additional music on Mission: Impossible – Fallout for Lorne Balfe, and on The Crown, for Hans Zimmer and Rupert Gregson-Williams. This past year he wrote additional music on HBO’s His Dark Materials.
Aruj began his studies at the age of six in classical and jazz piano. Aruj went on to receive a Bachelor’s in Music Composition at the USC Thornton School of Music, where he studied composition with Stephen Hartke and piano with Daniel Pollack.
Aruj’s latest episodic release is Empires of New York (CNBC), a series chronicling the meteoric rise of five icons, streaming on Peacock. Aruj is also a board member for Vox Artivism, a non-profit organization providing music education through project-based learning experiences for kids. He is the composer for Well Played Studios, a full service VR/AR firm specializing in interactive content and gaming experiences.
ABOUT EINAR SELVIK
Einar Selvik is a Norwegian composer, and the main musician and founder of the Norwegian musical constellation Wardruna, a project renowned for their innovative and genre-creating renditions of older Nordic traditions. By using the oldest Nordic instruments, poetry and poetic metres in a contemporary soundscape, Einar has managed to merge the scholarly with the pop-cultural, reaching audiences world-wide and stretching the limitations of musical genres. Einar has lectured about his work with historical music in Universities such as Oxford, Denver, Reykjavik, and Bergen; and his work is used to exemplify how music might have been executed in earlier times in Scandinavia by Top international scholars on Old Norse studies.
Einar and Wardruna have contributed extensively on the soundtrack and music for History Channel´s TV-series VIKINGS, where he also appeared in two episodes as a singer. The massive musical contributions to the show have exposed their music to a broad audience worldwide. Since then, they have performed sold out shows worldwide, including major festival headline appearances (Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Hellfest, Summer Breeze, Roadburn, Rock oz Arenes, Rock the Coast and many more). Wardruna has previously charted in both Germany and the UK and topped the North American Billboard World-music chart for several consecutive weeks.
Einar was recently awarded the EGIL STORBEKKEN´S MUSIC PRIZE 2020. The prize is a national honorary award that was created in memory of the Norwegian musician, composer and cultural bearer Egil Storbekken. It can be given to people who have made an extraordinary effort in various work with Norwegian folk music, and especially the older folk instruments.
ABOUT ASSASSIN’S CREED
Since it first launched in 2007, the Assassin’s Creed series has sold more than 155 million games worldwide. The franchise is now established as one of the best-selling series in video game history. Recognized for having some of the richest, most engrossing storytelling in the industry, Assassin’s Creed transcends video games, branching out into numerous other entertainment media.
Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, For Honor, Just Dance, Watch Dogs, and Tom Clancy’s video game series including Ghost Recon®, Rainbow Six and The Division. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2020-21 fiscal year, Ubisoft generated net bookings of €2,241 million. To learn more, please visit: www.ubisoftgroup.com