Square Enix Releasing New Xenogears Orchestral Soundtrack
Squaresoft RPG fans of the 1990s, join me in rejoicing over the fact that Square Enix is releasing a new, 14-track orchestral CD of songs from the soundtrack of its Playstation game Xenogears.
Composed by Yasunori Mitsuda (who collaborated with Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu on the Chrono Trigger soundtrack and yes, Xenogears’ music is at least as good as that), Myth: The Xenogears Orchestral Album includes tracks voted on by fans, with Mitsuda making the final calls. In Japan, you can already preorder the fully reorganized, re-recorded album. It runs about 3,000 yen — roughly $36 U.S. That puts it more than a dozen years after the game’s release, so apparently there are a lot more video game music nerds out there than just me.
For those of you too young or otherwise not in the know — Xenogears was the game that spawned Xenosaga after the release of the Playstation 2, but don’t let that bias you.
I snagged the full soundtrack for Xenogears back in 1998 when it was released, and damn if it isn’t amazing, even in a synthesized, non-orchestral version. Myth is sure to blow Xenogears OST away. There’s no word just yet on U.S. orders, but I’m sure we’ll be hearing about where we can make the purchase soon.
Meantime, check out the official site of the album to hear some samples and (attempt to) read Japanese.
Note to Square Enix: if you guys are taking orders on old-ass orchestral RPG soundtracks — Vagrant Story. Please. Thank you.