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The Power of Music in the Immersive World of 'Assassin's Creed: Rogue' and 'Assassin's Creed Origins: The Curse of the Pharaohs'

Elitsa Alexandrova  (Sound Designer and Composer, Ubisoft Sofia)

Location: Room 3002, West Hall

Date: Thursday, March 21

Time: 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Conference, Audio Conference + Tutorial - Get your pass now!

Topic: Audio

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Building an organic musical system for the gameplay is half of the success of the audio in the game. The subjects of this talk are how to create a smart interactive musical system in Wwise tailored to the specific needs of the game, and how to compose, produce, perform and implement a brand-defining score.

Being a composer on 'Assassin’s Creed' is a great honor, but also a great challenge. For the ten years of its existence the, 'Assassin’s Creed' musical style has been well established by many famous composers in the previous game series. As the in-house composer for 12 years in the young Ubisoft studio in Sofia, Bulgaria, and as a one-woman audio department, Elitsa will share her successful story of maintaining the brand-defining style, and overcoming all the challenges in music direction of the game, composing the scores, playing and recording different instruments, audio engineering, and the implementation of the music in the audio middleware.


The attendees will learn vital skills such as working within the framework of an established world-renown franchise like 'Assassin’s Creed', and following in the footsteps of iconic composers and soundtracks. They will also learn how to create a distinctive and unique "sound" within that framework, by carefully selecting ethnic and ancient instruments, and by approaching elegantly the arrangements and production. Last but not least, the attendees will learn how a one-woman audio department and a young studio established workflows and procedures to accomplish the impossible: composing, production, iterations, implementation, sound design, and testing of a critically acclaimed score.

Intended Audience

Composers, audio directors, sound designers and music professionals of all levels.