|Music of Final Fantasy|
The music for the 2013 action role-playing game Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII , developed and published by Square Enix, was composed by Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta, and Mitsuto Suzuki. Hamauzu was the leader composer for XIII and XIII-2, and Mizuta and Suzuki previously composed music for XIII-2. Musicians who had previously worked with the composers on XIII-2 and The 3rd Birthday worked on the project in Japan, while the main soundtrack was performed and recorded in Boston by the Video Game Orchestra, conducted by Shota Nakama. Along with including more percussion and ethnic elements, the soundtrack used "Blinded by Light", the main theme for main character Lightning, as a leitmotif. Unlike the previous XIII games, the soundtrack did not include a theme song, as the composers felt it would detract from the emotional impact of the ending.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII is an action role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It was released in November 2013 for Japan and February 2014 for North America, Australia and Europe. A port to Microsoft Windows through Steam was released in December 2015 followed by iOS and Android in Japan during February 2016. The game is a direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII-2, concludes the storyline of Final Fantasy XIII, and forms part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis subseries. Lightning Returns employs a highly revamped version of the gameplay system from the previous two games, with an action-oriented battle system, the ability to customize the player character's outfits, and a time limit the player must extend by completing story missions and side quests.
Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. is a Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company known for its Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, and Kingdom Hearts role-playing video game franchises, among numerous others. Several of them have sold over 10 million copies worldwide, with the Final Fantasy franchise alone selling over 115 million. The Square Enix headquarters are in the Shinjuku Eastside Square Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The company employs over 4300 employees worldwide.
Masashi Hamauzu is a Japanese composer, arranger, pianist, and lyricist. Hamauzu, who was employed at Square Enix from 1996 to 2010, was best known during that time for his work on the Final Fantasy and SaGa video game series. Born into a musical family in Germany, Hamauzu was raised in Japan. He became interested in music while in kindergarten, and took piano lessons from his parents.
Three albums have been released: the promotional Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Pre Soundtrack in July 2013, the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Original Soundtrack in November 2013, and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Soundtrack Plus in March 2014. The music has received a mostly positive response from reviewers. The main soundtrack, despite some tracks being critiqued, was generally praised as a good selection of music and a fitting conclusion to the music of the Final Fantasy XIII series. It was also praised by reviewers of the game as a whole. The Soundtrack Plus album was reviewed less favorably. Both commercial albums sold well enough to be placed on the Oricon charts, with the Original Soundtrack reaching #29 and remaining on the charts for four weeks.
The music of Lightning Returns was composed by Masashi Hamauzu, who composed the music for Final Fantasy XIII , Naoshi Mizuta and Mitsuto Suzuki, who co-composed the music for Final Fantasy XIII-2 with Hamauzu.Japanese band Language was also contracted by Suzuki to help with recording and remixing. Several of the musicians in Japan had worked with the composers before on XIII-2 and The 3rd Birthday . Recording took place at the Mixer's Lab recording studios in Tokyo. The Video Game Orchestra, founded by Shota Nakama, was contracted by Hamauzu to perform, record and mix the orchestral music at their studio on Boston. According to Hamauzu, they were his first and only choice for recording the score. Nakama received the final score in April 2013, and Hamauzu was regularly at the studios to help with the recording process. Nakama was told by Hamauzu that he was allowed to do as he wished unless he did something "really wacky", with Hamauzu relying on Nakama and mostly interacting and working on their tracks if he disliked some aspect of them. The orchestra worked on nearly all of Hamauzu's music, including the opening and ending themes.
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Naoshi Mizuta is a Japanese video game composer and musician. He is best known for his work on Final Fantasy XI, but has also composed music for Mega Man & Bass, Street Fighter Alpha, and Parasite Eve II. He started his career at Capcom before moving to Square in 1998.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Released in 2011 in Japan and 2012 in North America and PAL regions, it is a direct sequel to the 2009 role-playing game Final Fantasy XIII and is part of the Fabula Nova Crystallis subseries. A port to Microsoft Windows was released on Steam in December 2014 followed by iOS and Android in September 2015. XIII-2 includes modified features from the previous game, including fast-paced combat and a customizable "Paradigm" system to control which abilities are used by the characters, and adds a new system that allows monsters to be captured and used in battle. It features a heavy time travel element, allowing the player to jump between different times at the same location or different places at the same time. Lightning, the protagonist of the original game, has disappeared into an unknown world. Her younger sister Serah Farron, a returning character, and a young man named Noel Kreiss, journey through time in an attempt to find Lightning.
The score was created with far more percussion than previous entries in the series, and featured "Blinded by Light", a recurring theme in the XIII games related to the series' central character Lightning, as a leitmotif. The theme was meant to emphasize the focus on Lightning, with several tracks relating directly to her. Unspecified ethnic musical elements were also incorporated.Each composer worked on one of the four game's key locations. Due to the game's day-night cycle, different music was composed for morning, afternoon, evening and nighttime. The thirteen-minute-long final boss theme was meant to reference the title's numeral. Hamauzu wrote "Crimson Blitz", the first piece of the score and one of the game's battle themes, while on tour in Switzerland. Unlike the previous two games, Lightning Returns did not feature a theme song as it was felt that this would diminish the emotional impact of the ending. Instead, the composers created a purely orchestral piece. The final theme, "Epilogue", was co-composed by Hamauzu and Nakama. It was based on the concept of the XIII games coming to an end, and so was intended to convey the themes and atmosphere of the soundtrack. Nakama created multiple versions of the piece and sent them to Hamauzu, who performed alterations and made the final choice. The game also featured multiple musical Easter eggs, including tunes from previous entries in the franchise.
Claire Farron, better known by the codename Lightning, is a fictional character from Square Enix's Final Fantasy series. She first appeared as a playable character and protagonist in the role-playing video game Final Fantasy XIII, in which she features as a resident of the artificial world of Cocoon. After her sister Serah is declared an enemy of Cocoon, Lightning attempts to save her. She and others are then chosen by the fal'Cie, a divided race of demigods who rule the worlds of Gran Pulse and Cocoon, to destroy Cocoon. Lightning reappears as a supporting character in Final Fantasy XIII-2, acting as protector of the Goddess Etro. She is the sole playable character in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, wherein she sets out to save her world, which is destined to end in thirteen days. Outside the XIII series, Lightning has been featured in multiple Final Fantasy games and had cameo appearances in other video games.
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|Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Original Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||November 21, 2013|
|Genre||Video game soundtrack|
|Length||Disc 1: 1:17:28|
Disc 2: 1:18:23
Disc 3: 1:16:58
Disc 4: 1:14:38
The main soundtrack album, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Original Soundtrack, was released on four compact discs on November 21, 2013.It was released by Square Enix under the catalog number SQEX-10392~5, and the album features seventy-four tracks spanning 5:07:27. The first disc is devoted to the opening section and the city of Luxerion; the second disc deals with the Dead Dunes and Wildlands; the third covers the city of Yusnaan and important themes leading up to the game's conclusion; the fourth disc covers the final section of the game. Three tracks from the album, "Crimson Blitz", "The Savior", and "Lightning Returns", were digitally released as singles on iTunes. Further samples from the track were released on a disc of Square Enix music sold as a promotion at Tokyo Game Show 2013. Tracks from Lightning Returns, along with XIII and XIII-2, were also included on a special disc released with the Japan-exclusive "Lightning Ultimate box", a package containing all three XIII games. The soundtrack album reached #29 on the Oricon charts and remained on the charts for four weeks.
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Reviews of the album have been positive. Derek Heemsbergen of RPGFan praised the consistency of the soundtrack both when compared to XIII-2 and the variety of locations. He said that the recurring motifs in the soundtrack "work to great effect", noting how the tracks related to Lightning helped explore her personality. His highest praise went to the final disc due to "its sheer emotional intensity". Despite the general praise, some tracks, such as "Marimba de Chocobo", came in for minor critiques.Christopher Huynh of Video Game Music Online was also positive, noting the high production values of the album. He also generally praised the themes used both in battle and for the various locations, though he felt that the Dead Dunes tracks were the weakest on the album. His reaction to the new and rearranged characters' themes were more mixed, with him praising "Snow's Theme" while calling "Fang's Theme" a "very odd and jarring failure". The final disc also received high praise, with Huynn saying that it "succeeds at closing out the series on an emotional high".
Reviewers of the game also noted and praised the soundtrack, despite giving more mixed opinions on other aspects of the game. Jeremy Parish, writing for USGamer, called the music "phenomenal from start to finish". 's Dale North called the music "fantastic, and even more varied than the previous Final Fantasy XIII games". Bradley Hale of Hardcore Gamer was also positive, saying that the music "does an effective job at blending old jams with new ones, with the arrangements of already known songs being interesting, and new tunes coming off as far more inspiring and emotion-filled than those found in XIII-2."Destructoid
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|1.||"Lightning Returns"||Mitsuto Suzuki & Masashi Hamauzu||"ライトニングリターンズ"||4:40|
|2.||"The Final 13 Days"||Masashi Hamauzu||"最期の13日"||5:15|
|3.||"Lightning's Theme – A Distant Glimmer"||Masashi Hamauzu||"ライトニングのテーマ ～遠き光～"||1:56|
|5.||"Chaos"||Naoshi Mizuta & Masashi Hamauzu||"混沌"||4:41|
|6.||"The Ark"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"箱舟"||4:32|
|7.||"The Evil Savior"||Masashi Hamauzu||"邪なる解放者"||3:23|
|8.||"The Sleeping City"||Masashi Hamauzu||"眠れる聖都"||3:26|
|10.||"Reverent Souls"||Masashi Hamauzu||"敬虔なる民"||8:22|
|11.||"Crimson Blitz"||Masashi Hamauzu||"クリムゾンブリッツ"||3:14|
|12.||"Salvation's Fanfare"||Naoshi Mizuta||"解放のファンファーレ"||1:13|
|13.||"Sunset Prism"||Masashi Hamauzu||"落陽のプリズム"||6:05|
|14.||"Midnight Eternal"||Naoshi Mizuta||"エターナルミッドナイト"||5:12|
|15.||"The Savior's Words"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"解放者の詩"||2:04|
|16.||"The Cathedral"||Masashi Hamauzu||"ルクセリオ大聖堂"||3:20|
|17.||"The Warren"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"暗黒街"||4:04|
|18.||"Noel's Theme – The Shadow Hunter"||Naoshi Mizuta||"ノエルのテーマ ～闇の狩人～"||2:52|
|19.||"Noel and Yeul – The Promise"||Naoshi Mizuta||"ノエルとユール ～光の約束～"||4:26|
|1.||"Desert Awakening"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"砂海の目覚め"||2:28|
|2.||"The Dead Dunes"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"デッド・デューン ～熱砂の砂漠～"||4:12|
|3.||"Desert Lullaby"||Naoshi Mizuta||"デザートララバイ"||9:19|
|4.||"Graveyard of Dreams"||Naoshi Mizuta||"夢果てる地"||5:01|
|5.||"Bandit Gang Monoculus"||Naoshi Mizuta||"盗賊団モノキュラス"||2:41|
|6.||"Fang's Theme – The Boss"||Naoshi Mizuta||"ファングのテーマ ～偽りの首領～"||3:12|
|7.||"Treasures Within"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"聖宝眠る遺跡"||4:28|
|8.||"The Showdown"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"立ちはだかる者"||3:37|
|10.||"The Last Surviving Wilderness"||Naoshi Mizuta||"最後の大地"||3:39|
|11.||"The Wildlands"||Naoshi Mizuta||"ウィルダネス"||3:51|
|12.||"Sunset Path"||Naoshi Mizuta||"夕日の帰り道"||5:43|
|13.||"Prowlers of the Night"||Naoshi Mizuta||"獣たちの夜"||5:44|
|14.||"Savior of Souls"||Naoshi Mizuta||"魂の解放者"||4:40|
|15.||"Bluesy Chocobo"||Nobuo Uematsu||"ブルージーチョコボ"||4:34|
|16.||"Chocobo Returns"||Nobuo Uematsu||"チョコボリターンズ"||3:53|
|17.||"Marimba de Chocobo"||Nobuo Uematsu||"マリンバdeチョコボ"||3:20|
|18.||"A Carefree Existence"||Naoshi Mizuta||"おきらくじんせい"||3:01|
|19.||"Sazh and Dajh"||Naoshi Mizuta||"サッズとドッジ"||2:26|
|1.||"Awaiting the Celebration"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"祝祭を待ちわびて"||4:29|
|2.||"The Glittering City of Yusnaan"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"享楽の都ユスナーン"||4:27|
|3.||"City of Revelry"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"きらめきの宴"||3:30|
|4.||"Ouroboros Festival"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"ウロボロスフィエスタ"||4:44|
|5.||"High Voltage"||Naoshi Mizuta & Masashi Hamauzu||"ハイボルテージ"||4:52|
|6.||"Death Game"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"デスゲーム"||5:04|
|7.||"Chaos Infusions"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"シ界"||2:17|
|8.||"Lumina's Theme"||Naoshi Mizuta & Masashi Hamauzu||"ルミナのテーマ"||2:24|
|9.||"Sneaking In"||Naoshi Mizuta||"潜入大作戦"||4:18|
|10.||"Snow's Theme – Final Words"||Naoshi Mizuta||"スノウのテーマ ～遺言～"||3:22|
|11.||"The Song of the Savior – The Chosen One"||Masashi Hamauzu||"解放者の伝説 ～選ばれし乙女～"||2:24|
|12.||"The Song of the Savior – Grand Finale"||Masashi Hamauzu||"解放者の伝説 ～グランドフィナーレ～"||2:05|
|13.||"Yusnaan Palace"||Naoshi Mizuta||"ユスナーン宮殿"||3:27|
|14.||"Army of One"||Naoshi Mizuta||"シーンドライブ"||2:13|
|16.||"The Coliseum – Fearsome Warriors"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"闘技場 ～荒ぶる魂～"||3:20|
|17.||"Chocobo Carnivale"||Naoshi Mizuta||"チョコボカーニバル"||4:04|
|18.||"Nova Chrysalia"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"ノウス＝パルトゥス"||3:58|
|19.||"Endless Lives"||Naoshi Mizuta||"エンドレスライフ"||3:41|
|20.||"The Angel's Tears"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"天使の涙"||4:01|
|21.||"Lightning's Theme – Radiance"||Masashi Hamauzu||"ライトニングのテーマ ～孤光～"||3:48|
|22.||"Meeting You"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"あなたに会えて"||3:57|
|1.||"Beginning of the End"||Masashi Hamauzu||"終焉の始まり"||3:28|
|2.||"Altar of Light"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"光輝の拝殿"||3:22|
|3.||"The Soulsong"||Masashi Hamauzu||"忘却(レテ)の禊"||4:08|
|4.||"A New World"||Masashi Hamauzu||"新しい世界へ"||6:44|
|5.||"A Sacred Oratorio"||Masashi Hamauzu||"聖譚の賛歌"||2:06|
|6.||"The Divine Dream"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"神の視た夢"||3:23|
|8.||"Divine Love"||Naoshi Mizuta||"神の愛を誉れとせよ"||4:16|
|9.||"Almighty Bhunivelze"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"至高神ブーニベルゼ"||13:05|
|10.||"Last Resort"||Mitsuto Suzuki||"ラストリゾート"||3:49|
|11.||"Claire Farron"||Naoshi Mizuta||"エクレール・ファロン"||3:31|
|12.||"Humanity's Tale"||Masashi Hamauzu||"神話の終わり、人の物語"||10:30|
|13.||"Credits – Light Eternal"||Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta, & Mitsuto Suzuki||"エンディングロール ～終わりなき閃光～"||10:46|
|Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Original Soundtrack Plus|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||March 26, 2014|
|Genre||Video game soundtrack|
A bonus album, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Soundtrack Plus, was released on March 26, 2014.The album features remixes of tracks from the main album or tracks present in the game that were not released on the album. The remixes were done by Mizuta, Suzuki, Kengo Tokusashi, Wollny Andreas, Hiroshi Kaneko. Released under the catalog number SQEX-10430, the album features 25 tracks with a total running time of 1:13:31. The album reached #211 on the Oricon charts, remaining there for one week.
RPGFan's Neal Chandran was mostly negative regarding the album. He called the majority of tracks "just plain boring", while he felt that the more exciting tunes "lack punch". Some pieces such as "Captive Saint" he called "superficially pretty, but that's really it", while the remixes of music pieces by Uematsu he called "brief, but awful". Huynh shared many points of criticism with Chandran, finding multiple tracks boring as they were just slight variations on tracks from the main soundtrack album, though some tracks such as "Dying World" and the piano version of "Serah's Theme" were praised.
|1.||"Lightning Returns (special trailer ver.)"||Mitsuto Suzuki||ライトニングリターンズ – special trailer ver.||1:31|
|2.||"High Voltage (game ver.)"||Naoshi Mizuta & Masashi Hamauzu||ハイボルテージ – game ver.||3:32|
|3.||"The Captive Saint"||Naoshi Mizuta & Masashi Hamauzu||囚われの聖女||4:54|
|4.||"Sazh and Dajh (complete mix)"||Naoshi Mizuta||サッズとドッジ – complete mix||3:46|
|5.||"Death Game (synthesizer ver.)"||Mitsuto Suzuki||デスゲーム – synthesizer ver.||3:43|
|6.||"Desert Lullaby (instrumental)"||Naoshi Mizuta||デザートララバイ – instrumental||7:36|
|7.||"Snow's Theme – Final Words (complete mix)"||Naoshi Mizuta & Masashi Hamauzu||スノウのテーマ ～遺言～ – complete mix||6:27|
|8.||"Lost Souls – Caius & Yeul"||Naoshi Mizuta||救えぬ魂 ～カイアスとユール～||4:18|
|9.||"A Dying World"||Naoshi Mizuta||終わりゆく世界||3:18|
|10.||"The Dead Dunes (live edit ver.)"||Mitsuto Suzuki||デッド・デューン ～熱砂の砂漠～ – live edit ver.||4:21|
|11.||"The Ark (soundtrack exclusive ver.)"||Mitsuto Suzuki||箱舟 – soundtrack exclusive ver.||2:53|
|12.||"Serah's Theme (piano ver.)"||Masashi Hamauzu||セラのテーマ – piano ver.||2:17|
|13.||"Soul Seeds"||Naoshi Mizuta||ソウルシード||1:20|
|14.||"Lightning Returns (aggressive mix)"||Mitsuto Suzuki||ライトニングリターンズ – aggressive mix||0:57|
|15.||"The Onslaught"||Naoshi Mizuta||魔襲||0:50|
|16.||"Final Fantasy (Yusnaan ver.)"||Nobuo Uematsu||Final Fantasy – ユスナーン ver.||2:27|
|17.||"Eternal Winds – The Dead Dunes (Japanese ver.)"||Nobuo Uematsu||悠久の風 – デッド・デューン – Japanese ver.||2:59|
|18.||"Battle at the Big Bridge (Yusnaan ver.)"||Nobuo Uematsu||ビッグブリッヂの死闘 – ユスナーン ver.||0:55|
|19.||"Terra's Theme (Biggs & Wedge ver.)"||Nobuo Uematsu||ティナのテーマ – ビッグス＆ウェッジ ver.||0:58|
|20.||"A Home Far Away"||Mitsuto Suzuki||いつかのふるさと||1:33|
|21.||"Ballad of a Vagabond"||Hiroshi Kaneko||旅人のバラッド||1:59|
|22.||"Eternal Winds – The Dead Dunes (English ver.)"||Nobuo Uematsu||悠久の風 – デッド・デューン – English ver.||2:51|
|23.||"The Savior's Words (Japanese ver.)"||Mitsuto Suzuki||解放者の詩 – Japanese ver.||1:56|
|24.||"The Savior's Words – Christmas in Nova Chrysalia"||Mitsuto Suzuki||解放者の詩 ～ノウス=パルトゥスのクリスマス～||5:50|
|Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Pre soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||July 13, 2013|
|Genre||Video game soundtrack|
A promotional album, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Pre Soundtrack, was released on July 13, 2013. It contains six tracks from the game, three of which did not yet have an official title. The other three were the tracks that had then received a digital release. The album was available at a special Square Enix event at United States of Odaiba 2013 as a limited promotion for Lightning Returns.
|1.||"Crimson Blitz"||Masashi Hamauzu||Crimson Blitz||2:36|
|2.||"The Savior"||Naoshi Mizuta||魂の解放者||2:39|
|3.||"Lightning Returns"||Mitsuto Suzuki and Masashi Hamauzu||ライトニングリターンズ||4:44|
|4.||"Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII BGM04"||Masashi Hamauzu||Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII BGM04||2:09|
|5.||"Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII BGM05"||Naoshi Mizuta||Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII BGM05||7:34|
|6.||"Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII BGM06"||Mitsuto Suzuki||Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII BGM06||6:50|
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Final Fantasy VII is a role-playing video game developed by Square and published by Sony Computer Entertainment as the seventh installment in the Final Fantasy series. Released in 1997, the game sparked the release of a collection of media centered on the game entitled the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII. The music of the Final Fantasy VII series includes not only the soundtrack to the original game and its associated albums, but also the soundtracks and music albums released for the other titles in the collection. The first album produced was Final Fantasy VII Original Soundtrack, a compilation of all the music in the game. It was released as a soundtrack album on four CDs by DigiCube in 1997. A selection of tracks from the album was released in the single-disc Reunion Tracks by DigiCube the same year. Piano Collections Final Fantasy VII, an album featuring piano arrangements of pieces from the soundtrack, was released in 2003 by DigiCube, and Square Enix began reprinting all three albums in 2004. To date, these are the only released albums based on the original game's soundtrack, and were solely composed by regular series composer Nobuo Uematsu; his role for the majority of subsequent albums has been filled by Masashi Hamauzu and Takeharu Ishimoto.
Tsuyoshi Sekito is a Japanese video game composer, arranger, and musician who has been employed at Square Enix since 1995. As a composer, he is best known for scoring Brave Fencer Musashi (1998), Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005) and The Last Remnant (2008). He also plays the guitar in the rock bands The Black Mages and The Star Onions; both groups arrange and perform compositions from the Final Fantasy series.
The music of the video games Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II was composed by regular series composer Nobuo Uematsu, who would go on to be the exclusive composer for the next seven Final Fantasy games. Although they were composed separately, music from the two games has only been released together. All Sounds of Final Fantasy I•II, a compilation of almost all of the music in the games, was released by DataM/Polystar in 1989, and subsequently re-released by NTT Publishing in 1994. Symphonic Suite Final Fantasy, an arranged album of music from the two games by Katsuhisa Hattori and his son Takayuki Hattori was released by DataM in 1989, and re-released by NTT Publishing/Polystar in 1994. Final Fantasy & Final Fantasy II Original Soundtrack, another arranged album, this time by Nobuo Uematsu and Tsuyoshi Sekito, was released in 2002 by DigiCube and again in 2004 by Square Enix.
The Mana series, known in Japan as Seiken Densetsu, is a role-playing video game series from Square Enix, created by Koichi Ishii. The series began as a handheld side story to Square's flagship franchise Final Fantasy, although most Final Fantasy-inspired elements were subsequently dropped, starting with the second installment, Secret of Mana. It has since grown to include games of various genres within the fictional world of Mana. The music of the Mana series includes soundtracks and arranged albums of music from the series, which is currently composed of Final Fantasy Adventure and its remake Sword of Mana, Secret of Mana, Seiken Densetsu 3, Legend of Mana, Dawn of Mana, Children of Mana, Friends of Mana, Heroes of Mana, Circle of Mana, and Rise of Mana. Each game except for Friends and Circle has produced a soundtrack album, while Adventure has sparked an arranged album as well as a combined soundtrack and arranged album, Legend of Mana has an additional promotional EP, and music from Secret and Seiken Densetsu 3 were combined together into an arranged album. For the series' 20th anniversary, a 20-disc box set of previously-released albums was produced, as well as an album of arrangements by Kenji Ito, composer for several games in the series.
The Chocobo video game series is a spin-off series composed of over a dozen games developed by Square Co. and later by Square Enix featuring a super deformed version of the Chocobo, a Final Fantasy series mascot and fictional bird, as the protagonist. Several of the titles have received separate album releases of music from the game. The music of the Chocobo series includes soundtrack albums for the Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon sub-series—comprising Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon, Chocobo's Dungeon 2, and Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon—and soundtrack albums of music from Chocobo Racing, Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales, and Chocobo and the Magic Picture Book: The Witch, The Maiden, and the Five Heroes, as well as an album of arranged music from Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon and a single entitled Chocobo no Fushigina Dungeon Toki Wasure No Meikyuu: Door Crawl for the theme song of Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon.
SaGa is a series of science fiction role-playing video games produced by Square, now Square Enix. The series originated on the Game Boy in 1989 as the creation of Akitoshi Kawazu. It has since continued across multiple platforms, from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System to the PlayStation 2, and like the Final Fantasy series, the story in each SaGa game is independent of its counterparts. The music of the SaGa series consists of musical scores and arranged albums from various composers. Some of these composers have created soundtracks and pieces for other Square Enix franchises including the Final Fantasy series and Mana series. The SaGa series is divided up between the original series, released as the Final Fantasy Legend series in North America, the Romancing SaGa series, the SaGa Frontier series, and Unlimited SaGa.
Final Fantasy is a media franchise created by Hironobu Sakaguchi and owned by Square Enix that includes video games, motion pictures, and other merchandise. The original Final Fantasy video game, published in 1987, is a role-playing video game developed by Square, spawning a video game series that became the central focus of the franchise. The primary composer of music for the main series was Nobuo Uematsu, who single-handedly composed the soundtracks for the first nine games, as well as directing the production of many of the soundtrack albums. Music for the spin-off series and main series games beginning with Final Fantasy X was created by a variety of composers including Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta, Hitoshi Sakimoto, and Kumi Tanioka, as well as many others.
The music of the video game Final Fantasy XIII was composed by Masashi Hamauzu. Former regular series composer Nobuo Uematsu did not contribute any pieces to the soundtrack. Music from the game has been released in several albums. The main soundtrack album, Final Fantasy XIII Original Soundtrack, was released on four Compact Discs in 2010 by Square Enix, the developers and producers of the game. Selections from the soundtrack have been released on two gramophone record albums, W/F: Music from Final Fantasy XIII and W/F: Music from Final Fantasy XIII Gentle Reveries, both in 2010 by Square Enix. An album of arranged pieces from the soundtrack, Final Fantasy XIII Original Soundtrack -PLUS-, was also released by Square Enix in 2010, as was an album of piano arrangements, Piano Collection Final Fantasy XIII. The theme song for the Japanese version of the game, "Kimi ga Iru Kara", was released as a single by For Life Music in 2009.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square Enix in 2011 as the sequel to Final Fantasy XIII. The music of the game was composed by Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta, and Mitsuto Suzuki. It was intended to sound different from the music of previous Final Fantasy titles, featuring more musical styles and vocal pieces. Since the release of the game, Square Enix has published the 2011 four-disc soundtrack album, Final Fantasy XIII-2 Original Soundtrack, as well as an album of arrangements and alternate versions of tracks from the game, Final Fantasy XIII Original Soundtrack PLUS, in 2012. The theme song for the game, "Yakusoku no Basho", was released by singer Mai Fukui as a single in 2011, and the English version of the song, sung by Charice Pempengco and included in the non-Japanese versions of the game, was included on her 2012 album Infinity.
Hijiri Kuwano is a Japanese violinist, composer and arranger.
The music for the MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV was composed by Nobuo Uematsu, a regular contributor to the music of the Final Fantasy series. Several other composers including Masayoshi Soken and Naoshi Mizuta contributed music for updates to the game. The music for the game's reboot, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, was primarily composed by Soken, who was the sound director for both releases of the game. Music from both releases of the game has been released in several albums, though no album contains music from both XIV and A Realm Reborn. A pair of mini-albums containing a handful of selected tracks from XIV, Final Fantasy XIV: Battle Tracks and Final Fantasy XIV: Field Tracks, were released by Square Enix in 2010 when XIV first launched. A soundtrack album titled Final Fantasy XIV - Eorzean Frontiers, containing most of the music that had been released by that point for XIV, was digitally released in 2012. A final soundtrack album for the original release of the game, Before Meteor: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack, was released in 2013 just before the launch of A Realm Reborn, and contains all of the music that was composed for XIV throughout its lifetime. The latest soundtrack album, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Original Soundtrack, was released in 2014, and contains all of the music for A Realm Reborn released up to that point.
The music for the video game Final Fantasy XV, developed and published by Square Enix as the fifteenth mainline entry in the Final Fantasy series, was composed primarily by Yoko Shimomura. Having previously worked on the Kingdom Hearts series, among various other titles, Final Fantasy XV was her first project for the series. Shimomura was brought on board the project in 2006, when it was a spin-off title called Final Fantasy Versus XIII, and stayed in her role during the game's ten-year development cycle. Her music, based around themes of "friendship" and "filial bonds", incorporates multiple musical genres, such as orchestral, bossa nova, and American blues. Several tracks, including the main theme "Somnus", feature Latin lyrics written by the game's original director Tetsuya Nomura.