Ryan Tedder Shares How OneRepublic Ended Up Collaborating With ‘Assassin’s Creed’

Deniz Kivilcim

OneRepublic recently teamed up with Ubisoft to release a new song for ‘Assassin’s Creed Mirage.’ Entitled ‘Mirage,’ the song was a collaboration of OneRepublic and Mishaal Tamer in which the setting and the narrative were used for lyrics and melody.

In a recent interview with Audacy Music, Ryan Tedder spoke about the collaboration. According to the band, it was the most different and coolest song they had ever made in their music career. He also revealed the band to be ‘big gamers.’ He said:

“That came together just a buddy of ours at the record label was like, ‘Hey…’ He knows video games, and ‘Assassin’s Creed’ was one of them. We were on tour, and we are big gamers. I think a lot of bands are. So, we heard about ‘Assassin’s Creed’ back in the spring, and they were going to launch a new one called ‘Mirage.'”

He recalled the first time he got the call and revealed how much time it took the band to write the lyrics:

“We were in Bangkok, I think, when I first got the call about it and literally started writing it that day. We didn’t even know what the game was about. We just knew kind of the name of it. It was one of the fastest things we have ever done. We heard about it, and 24 hours later, I was writing the lyrics and what became ‘Mirage.’ And we filmed it in Malta, which looks like ancient Middle East. ‘Assassin’s Creed’ takes place in Iraq like ancient Babylon.”

He then went on to admire Mishaal Tamer and his collaboration with the band for the song:

“Mishaal Tamer, who has opened us, a Saudi Arabian artist, he featured on it, which is incredible. He’s singing in Arabic, and the bridge was amazing. It’s by far the most different sounding record we have ever done and one of the coolest things we’ve ever done.”

Tamer referred to releasing a song for the game and recording with OneRepublic as ‘a dream come true.’

Earlier, Redder spoke about having the opportunity to record a song for the game and told the press release that he wanted to capture the spirit of that region and reflect the location of the game sonically as much as possible.

‘Assassin’s Creed Mirage’ has been launched on October 5.

Below, you can listen to the song.

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