What happens when an 80 piece orchestra and video game enthusiasts meet? Magic manifests itself. That’s what I felt on 4 October 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany. While waiting for the release of the new Assassin’s Creed iteration, Ubisoft prepared something special for fans of the franchise as well as those of symphonic music. Together with the orchestra of MGP Live, there’s an international tour undergoing, and all tunes are from the soundtrack of the entire franchise.
This game series has a special place in my heart. So, I’ve bought tickets to Düsseldorf as fast as I could. The concert took place in Mitsubishi Electric Halle, a 7500 seating capacity arena.
You may be wondering: ‘What’s so special about a symphonic concert?
`Seems more like something boring’. I can’t say that this isn’t possible. What I can say, however, is that neither me, nor the other 3500-4000 participants felt any boredom.
Their passion and enthusiasm were contagious. Thousands of people, brought together by their passion for games and music. My mom, despite knowing nothing about Assassin’s Creed, had a great time experiencing the incredible performance of the vocalists and instrumentalists.
The orchestra interpreted no less than 63 soundtracks from all over the 12 games.
I can’t replicate in writing the emotion I felt when the violins, the cellos, the electric guitar, the harp, the flute, the drum, the didgeridoo and voice sung some of my favorite tunes. I saw young people with the series logo all over their sweaters and t-shirts, little kids with their parents, even old folk, every single one mesmerised by the blow of the trumpeters, every motion of the conductor’s arms. And I took pictures with the most dedicated fans, who sew their own costumes, cosplaying as their favorite character.
During all this time, there were chronological scenes from the games being projected on a cinema screen, that, alongside the music, told a whole story in a few minutes. It is futile to remind you of the perfect synch (wink wink) between music and image, and the result was me strolling from one emotion to the next instantly. At the end, the orchestra had two more musical surprises: an almost exclusively vocal song and a remix to Ezio’s Family, the series’ overall theme. Thunderous applauses and ovations echoed from every corner during each pause in the music, followed at the end by a round of applause that lasted for a whole 5 minutes.
Besides the event itself, I have to applaud the behaviour of the audience.
Upon entering, there were 4 huge queues of people spread over hundreds of meters. But nobody shouted, pushed, or insulted anyone else. During the whole 3 hour event, nothing unpleasant happened. I could hardly see trash left behind by people, even though tons of beer, popcorn and pretzels were consumed. Even though emotion and passion danced around the hall, while the music was on, everyone was dead silent. Nobody disrupted the performance of the orchestra in any way. We could all learn from the germans, in terms of good manners and respect during a similar situation.
If you want to take a part in a similar event, the tour is still undergoing until May 2020! Toronto, Birmingham, Barcelona and more await your presence. Go and live the Assassin’s Creed experience!