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New Publishing Range Expands the Universe of Assassin’s Creed Origins

Today, Ubisoft® announced the publishing lineup for Assassin’s Creed® Origins, including a novel, a comic miniseries, an art book and an official guide, all of which will be published worldwide starting this fall. These pieces will allow fans to step further into the world of Assassin’s Creed® Origins and deepen their knowledge of the game and lore.

Ubisoft’s broad publishing collection aspires to provide fans with a wide variety of exclusive insights into our many worlds. The vast universe of Assassin’s Creed® Origins will be expanded beyond the game to explore: Bayek’s youth, the first years of the Assassins Order, the artwork behind the beautiful and mysterious landscapes of Ancient Egypt, and an official guide for hardcore players.

Assassin’s Creed® Origins Desert Oath, a novel published by Ubisoft and written by Oliver Bowden in collaboration with the development team, will take place before the game. It portrays a young Bayek following his father’s footsteps, leaving the peace of his hometown, Siwa, in search of answers. Follow Bayek through a journey that will take him along the Nile and across a country in turmoil as he faces the dangers and mysteries of the Medjay’s path.

A miniseries of four official Assassin’s Creed® Origins Comics written by Anne Toole and published by Titan Comics will explore the first years of the Assassins’ Order, crossing over to new territories and introducing new characters as well as notable historical figures.

The Art of Assassin’s Creed® Origins, an art book published by Titan Books, will transport readers back into Ancient Egypt, one of the most mysterious places in history. Readers will explore the world of Assassin’s Creed® Origins as they discover its secrets and forgotten myths and learn more about the characters, enemies, weapons and majestic landscapes of the game through a vast collection of art, including: concept sketches, city plans, character studies, and fully rendered paintings along with comments and notes from the artists and developers.

The Complete Official Guide, a guidebook published by PRIMA Games, is an indispensable tool for dedicated players. The guide contains a general weapons and equipment guide and a 100% completion walkthrough along with detailed maps flagged with all locations, collectibles and targets. Owners of the Complete Official Guide will also have exclusive access to a mobile-friendly e-guide version optimized for a second-screen experience.

For more information on Assassin’s Creed®, please visit: assassinscreed.com

Prey | Original Game Soundtrack Now Available

Ahead of Prey’s global release on May 5th, the full Original Game Soundtrack is now available! You can listen to the game’s original tracks on Spotify or Apple Music right now, or pick it up on iTunes, Amazon Music or Google Play. Even better, you can check out Mick Gordon’s music in the free demo, available right now on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

No stranger to space, Mick’s work has appeared in a plethora of games in partnership with Bethesda Softworks, including a recent trip to Mars with the award winning soundtrack for DOOM from id Software. However, Mick took Prey in completely different direction, building a diverse soundtrack that combines ambient arpeggiated guitars and heart thumping synth beats. The result lends itself perfectly to the tense, menacing journey to uncovering the mysteries surrounding Talos I and facing off against the alien threat that has taken over the station. Be sure to check out Bethesda.net for more details.

The Prey: Original Game Soundtrack full track list includes:

  • “The Experiment” by Mick Gordon
  • “Everything Is Going to Be Okay” by Mick Gordon
  • “Typhon Voices” by Mick Gordon
  • “The Phantoms” by Mick Gordon
  • “Into the Tunnels” by Matt Piersall
  • “Human Elements” by Mick Gordon
  • “The Truth Will Set You Free” by Mick Gordon
  • “No Gravity” by Mick Gordon
  • “Alex Theme” by Mick Gordon
  • “December and January” by Mick Gordon
  • “Neuromods” by Mick Gordon
  • “Stranded” by Ben Crossbones
  • “Semi Sacred Geometry” by Raphael Colantonio and Matt Piersall
  • “Mind Game” by Raphael Colantonio, Production and Electronics by Matt Piersall

Prey is the highly anticipated first-person sci-fi action game from Arkane Studios set to launch worldwide on Friday, May 5th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. In addition, a free Prey demo is now for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, allowing fans to board Talos I and play the opening hour before the game launches. Prey has been rated M for mature by the ESRB. For more information about the game please visit: prey.bethesda.net.

DEUS EX: MANKIND DIVIDED SOUNDTRACK AND DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION VINYL HIT STORES ON DECEMBER 2nd

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Today, Square Enix® and Eidos®-Montréal announced that Deus Ex: Mankind Divided‘s soundtracks will be available on CD, digital stores and streaming services on December 2nd. Deus Ex: Human Revolution® vinyl will also be released on the same day and is already available for pre-order here.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution‘s music was composed by award-winning composer Michael McCann (aka Behavior). The 25-track soundtrack combines many of the almost 200 tracks created for the game into a 70-minute journey through the heavily atmospheric, and oppressive world of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. This limited edition double vinyl release is presented in a specially designed gold foil inlay album cover and gold colored vinyl, and features two bonus tracks: “Deus Ex: The Fall (Menu Theme)” and “Sarif vs. Unatco.” Already available on CD and through iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play and other online retailers worldwide, Deus Ex: Human Revolution‘s soundtrack will soon make its debut on vinyl.

Michael McCann returned to compose music for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided®, joined by award-winning artist Sascha Dikiciyan (aka Sonic Mayhem) and composer Ed Harrison, who bring their talents to the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Breach soundtracks, respectively. The soundtrack will come in 2 different editions: a standard and an extended 2-CD version including 14 additional tracks. Co-produced by Sascha Dikiciyan and executive audio director Steve Szczepkowski, the albums were mixed by Sonny DiPerri and mastered by Dave Cooley. Tracklistings available here and here.

The Deus Ex: Mankind Divided soundtracks and the Deus Ex: Human Revolution vinyl are available for pre-order and will be released on December 2nd. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is available for PlayStation®4, PlayStation®4 Pro, the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Windows PC and Linux.

SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS AND UBISOFT RELEASE EAGLE FLIGHT ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

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Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to releasing video game soundtracks, and Ubisoft, proudly present the CD release of the original soundtrack to Eagle Flight™, a virtual reality game that sends players to the skies of Paris to experience the freedom of flying. The music is composed by three-time BAFTA-nominated composer Inon Zur (Fallout 3 and Fallout 4) renowned for his memorable themes and cinematic ethnic scores on games such as the Prince of Persia series. The Eagle Flight soundtrack is now available for digital download from http://www.sumthing.com and the CD will be available in stores on November 18.

Inon Zur’s soaring and uplifting score for Eagle Flight combines ethnic influences, driving percussion and powerful orchestral writing, and features the ethereal voices of Aeralie Brighton and Mimi Page. “Inon’s immense creative energy is ever present in this score,” said Benedicte Ouimet, music supervisor. “He captures the thrill of flying and the awe of our poetic Paris with brio. Whether players soar or dive, chase or glide, Inon’s music will carry players through this beautiful VR adventure.”

Developed by a team from FunHouse, a division of Ubisoft Montreal, the game lets players become an eagle and fly over Paris and its iconic landmarks, 50 years after humans have left. Nature has taken back the city, creating a rich playground and offering an incredible experience of flight and adventure. The Eagle Flight team developed the game specifically for VR with a strong focus on accessibility and comfort. They created new technology that enables players to quickly master their skills in order to perform impressive stunts and experience the true sensation of flight.

Eagle Flight is now available for Oculus Rift and PlayStation®VR, and will be available for HTC Vive on December 20. For more information visit www.eagleflightgame.com.

For more information on Sumthing Else Music Works and its complete catalog of video game soundtracks, visit www.sumthing.com, like at Facebook.com/SumthingElseMusicWorks and follow on Twitter @SumthingDigital.

ASSASSIN’S CREED: HERESY NOW AVAILABLE IN BOOKSTORES AND ONLINE

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Today, Ubisoft® announces the debut of ASSASSIN’S CREED: HERESY by New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Christie Golden. The first novel to be published by Ubisoft’s in-house publishing initiative and distributed by Simon & Schuster, ASSASSIN’S CREED: HERESY is available in eBook formats, paperback ($16.00) and special edition ($27.00) premium hardcover featuring original concept art and behind-the-scenes interviews with both Christie Golden and Assassin’s Creed Brand Content Director, Aymar Azaïzia. The special edition copy also includes a special code to unlock Assassin’s Creed rewards through Ubisoft Club’s loyalty program.

ASSASSIN’S CREED: HERESY blends the classic imaginative elements of science fiction with authentic historical details and focuses on Simon Hathaway, a modern-day historian and Templar who has just been appointed Head of Abstergo Industries’ Historical Research Division in London. His mission is to locate Joan of Arc’s sword, considered to be one of the Pieces of Eden, a relic with the potential to offer its user tremendous power over others.  By connecting to Abstergo’s newly updated Animus, a machine that allows one to experience genetic memories of the past, Simon delves into the mind of his ancestor Gabriel Laxart, a farm boy who fought alongside and fell madly in love with the legendary Joan of Arc. With help from an intriguing French psychiatrist, Dr. Victoria Bibeau, and his tech wunderkind ex-girlfriend, Simon uncovers long-buried secrets that could threaten his present and have monumental effects on the entire Templar Order.

Launched in 2007, Assassin’s Creed videogames have sold more than 100 million units worldwide. The franchise is one of the best-selling series ever produced and is widely considered to have some of the richest, most engrossing storytelling in the industry.

Ubisoft will also publish ASSASSIN’S CREED®: THE OFFICIAL MOVIE NOVELIZATION on December 21 in conjunction with the release of the major motion picture “Assassin’s Creed” starring Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender and Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard. The film, directed by Justin Kurzel, is produced by New Regency Productions, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, DMC Films and The Kennedy/Marshall Company; co-financed by RatPac Entertainment and Alpha Pictures; and distributed by 20th Century Fox.

EMOTIONAL SOUNDTRACK TO CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED FIRST PERSON THRILLER VIRGINIA NOW AVAILABLE

505 Games and Variable State today released the poignant soundtrack to their critically acclaimed hit, VIRGINIA, the deep and multi-layered interactive mystery that has been described by PC GAMER as “…beautifully presented, incredibly atmospheric, and features one of the best videogame scores in recent years. “

The soundtrack, written by composer Lyndon Holland, a graduate of the National Film and Television School, is unique in that it is an integral part of the game since there is no dialogue, making it as important as any of the game’s silent characters. The soundtrack ebbs and flows as it responds to the player’s actions and the pace of the narrative helping to tell the story of agent Anne Tarver, the game’s protagonist, who players guide as they solve the riddle of VIRGINIA.

Directed by seasoned game creators Jonathan Burroughs and Terry Kenny, VIRGINIA takes a striking, unconventional approach to videogame storytelling, by bringing cinematic editing – the fundamental language of film and TV – into the context of a real time game experience. A bold experiment in interactive storytelling, VIRGINIA offers mystery and drama unlike anything seen in games before.

The soundtrack is available to download via PSN and Steam for $4.99 with a Special Edition bundle containing both the game and the soundtrack available on PS4 and Steam for 25% off.

VIRGINIA is available via digital download for $9.99 for PS4® 4, Xbox One®, and Windows PC/Apple MacOS via Steam.

The Art of Dishonored 2 | Dark Horse Art Book and Fan Art Contest Announced

drawDishonored - Fan Art ContestWe’re excited to reveal that Bethesda and Dark Horse are teaming up to publish The Art of Dishonored® 2, featuring hundreds of pieces of exclusive, never-before-seen concept art chronicling the development  of Dishonored® 2 – the next chapter in the series from the creators of the 2012 ‘Game of the Year’, Dishonored®.

In addition, we’re happy to announce the #drawDishonored Fan Art Contest where fans of the series will have the opportunity to have their illustrations featured in The Art of Dishonored 2.  Beginning today, fans can submit their art for consideration by using the #drawDishonored hashtag. For rules on how to participate visit: Bethesda.net.

The Art of Dishonored 2 will be available in stores November 22. You can preorder your copy today at your local comic shop or through retailers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and IndieBound.

Reprise your role as a supernatural assassin in Dishonored 2, the highly-anticipated first-person action game from Arkane® Studios, when it is release worldwide on Friday, November 11, 2016 for the Xbox One, PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and PC.

Dishonored 2 has not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information on Dishonored 2 visit: www.dishonored.com.

SUMTHING ELSE MUSIC WORKS TO RELEASE TOM CLANCY’S THE DIVISION SOUNDTRACK

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Sumthing Else Music Works, the premier record label dedicated to releasing video game soundtracks, today announced the release of the original soundtrack from Ubisoft®’s highly anticipated online open world action role-playing video game, Tom Clancy’s The Division. Developed by Ubisoft Massive and published by Ubisoft, the game’s original soundtrack is now available for digital download from www.sumthing.com and a physical CD release will be available in stores on March 22.

Composer Ola Strandh (World In Conflict®Ground Control II) has created the soundtrack for the pandemic-ravaged streets of a mid-crisis New York City. Immerse yourself in a moody mixture of synthesizers, percussion and acoustic instruments designed to complement the diverse locations and factions you’ll encounter while exploring what’s left of Manhattan.

Tom Clancy’s The Division takes place weeks after a devastating pandemic sweeps through New York City on Black Friday. One by one, basic services fail and in only days, without food or water, society collapses into chaos. The Division, an autonomous unit of tactical agents leading seemingly ordinary lives among us, is activated to save society. Team up with other players to investigate the source of the virus, protect civilians from dangerous factions, and reclaim the city from the overwhelming turmoil.

Tom Clancy’s The Division is now available for Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.

For more information about Tom Clancy’s The Division, visit www.thedivisiongame.com.

 

Dark Horse Delivers “The Art OF DOOM”!

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Dark Horse Books and Bethesda Softworks® announced that The Art of DOOM will be available in stores on June 8, 2016. The Art of DOOM is a massive art tome from id Software®’s highly anticipated first-person shooter DOOM®. The iconic game that defined a genre, DOOM is considered one of the most influential games ever made and returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience on May 13, 2016.

From the massive UAC facilities on Mars to the depths of Hell, uncover never-before-seen sketches and concept art from DOOM. The book also features an exclusive look at the development of the relentless demons of Hell, devastating, over-the-top weapons, and the iconic DOOM marine. The Art of DOOM also includes commentary from the developers at id Software, the studio that pioneered the first-person-shooter genre and invented multiplayer Deathmatch.

The Art of DOOM is indispensable for fans of incredible art, video games, visceral first-person shooter combat, and pulse-pounding action!   Preorder your copy today at your local comic shop (FEB160013) or through these fine retailers: