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Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Ubisoft "invented" ancient sea shanties for AC Odyssey

We talk to Assassin's Creed Odyssey audio director Lydia Andrew.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey moves the Assassin's Creed Odyssey way back in time to 431 BCE, the golden age of ancient Greece and the time of the Peloponnesian War. We caught up with audio director Lydia Andrew to learn more about what's going into recreating and inventing songs and sea shanties that fit the period, even if there are very few records available of songs from that time.

"What we're doing is working with experts, working with historians, doing a lot of research ourselves, and we've created songs," says Andrew. "So for example we said what kind of songs do we think sailors would sing on a boat? Okay, well, they'd probably sing songs about missing their family, or songs about the battles they've been in, or the Gods of the sea, or a girl they're in love with or a boy they're in love with or something like that. We did a lot of research and found ancient Greek texts that would cover those subjects, from plays, from poetry, and some songs as well, and then we worked with a composer in Athens and he created these really great melodies and harmonies that the choir sang."

The interview also covered the nuance that the two voice actors portraying Alexios and Kassandra bring to the table, as well as the work that has gone into scoring the more epic moments and important characters in the story.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey