UPDATE: Updated links below to add Google Play Music Album and correct Spotify link, before it was going to the released single. Now the album is released on Spotify.
I was able to play the beta for this game on Saturday and let me tell you that the music is quite immersive! Not only does it have an orchestrated soundtrack that is almost kind of expected from AAA games nowadays, but it does something inside of you and makes you want to rush out on to the battlefield with your brothers in arms!! The only way I can describe it is that it really amps you up and gets you ready for a crazy amazing fight. The way it commingled with the horror of war was incredible. The menu music is a good combination of all three factions. To me it seems like they were trying to blend all three factions together into one. I know some things are missing, but I can definitely see this opening song being used for any 3 of the factions, Knights, Vikings or Samurai. It also makes it easy to concentrate on some of the more difficult things in the game, having this peaceful and beautiful piece play in the background.
The rest of the soundtrack is just the opposite of that. It is really intense and engaged to what the player is doing. I would compare this music to Tyler Bate’s 300, Ramin Djawadi’s Game of Thrones, or even the great James Horner’s Troy. It really ranks up there with any great war movie or show for just making the viewer feel the emotion of the battle, and also get them excited for what is happening. The biggest thing that pops out from this soundtrack is the Horn stings (think that is what you can call them) and the drums. I guess that makes sense because if you were getting ready for war these were the sounds you would hear.
They also make some amazing music with Japanese flute. I can’t tell what instrument it is with all the research I did, but as you can see there are a lot of different Japanese flutes. The song “Samurai / Devotion” I think is one of the best songs on this album, but there are many so it is hard to choose. For just a guy who has only seen Knights, Samurai and Viking in movies and games, who does not have the historical knowledge to say this, I think they did a really good job with pairing the culture with the music. When I hear certain music I think “Oh that’s for a Viking” or “Hey there should be a Samurai nearby” so I think they nailed this one right in the face!
Behind the orchestra we have Saunder Jurriaans and Danny Bensi. These two have been making music for film for 15 and 8 years respectively. The other work that they have done I have never really heard of. It is mostly shorts and small projects. They do the soundtrack to a show called Ozark, which I think I have heard of before but it doesn’t really jump out as something I know for sure. But I can tell you that if their music in any of these works is as good as For Honor, then they will be around for another 15 years!
The soundtrack itself is about an hour, enough to get you through your morning emails, or for attacking that one problem that you are just trying to get through. If you were to listen to this before a morning meeting I bet at least 3 people would ask you if you were alright, or tell you to ease up on the coffee. That’s how much this will amp you up for your day!
Anyway give it a try today and give it a purchase tomorrow. Here is where you can buy/stream the soundtrack.
Saunder Jurriaans and Danny Bensi
From the chilling calming sounds of some kind of Japanese Flute, to Gregorian like chants the For Honor soundtrack is one to put in your collection. Not just because it is good, but it is definitely something to rise your inner warrior when you need it.