Final Fantasy XV Track Featured In Yoko Shimomura’s Upcoming Album

By Sato . March 12, 2014 . 4:57am

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If you’ve ever played any Japanese video games, chances are you’ve heard some of the music by famed composer Yoko Shimomura. Square Enix will be releasing a new album featuring a mix of Shimomura’s works, according to a Famitsu report, and this will also include a track from the upcoming Final Fantasy XV.

 

The album titled memòria: The Very Best of Yoko Shimomura will be centered around her works during the earlier days of Sqaure, with newly rearranged nostalgic tracks from games such as Super Mario RPG, Kingdom Hearts, Legend of Mana, and more.

 

In addition to the 12 tracks from past games, there will be four bonus tracks, including one from Final Fantasy XV with the title of “OMNIS LACRIMA”.

 

While the name is new, Famitsu reports that it is a song from the E3 announcement trailer that was shown last year, but you’ll be able to hear it for yourself when the album is released on March 26 for 3,000 yen.

 

In the meantime, you can check out samples such as ‘Forest Maze’ from Super Mario RPG, ‘Vector to the Heavens’ from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, and more.


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  • Laith Rem

    I love how the KH game that a lot of people did not like has the best piece of music because this is like the 4th official remix of Vector to the Heavens/Musique pour la tristesse de Xion.

    • MaximDualBlade

      Good music is good music no matter the distribution format. Even though I don’t know the song you’re talking about

      • NightzeroAX

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cobFXU41cNo

        This version, 1.5 HD Remix version and now memoria’s version.

        • MaximDualBlade

          Oh thank you. I like it. If we are talking about preferences, I’m a fan of listening to all versions of Dearly Beloved

    • Rayhan PromisedGallery

      Does Xion’s game really get that much hate? lol

      ICE CREAAAM

      • BleuVII

        I really liked the game and the story, but Xion was a completely unnecessary character, and 358/2 Days was a story that did not need to be told. It’s not quite as much of a weak link as Re:Coded (story-wise, both had great gameplay), but the series would be more cohesive without it.

        • Ronldbx6

          I agree. While I actually enjoyed the touching story of Days, I feel like we could have done without Xion existence in the series.

    • Roberto

      Vector to the Heavens is my favorite song in KH

    • http://mewisthebest.deviantart.com/ AnotherDeadArtist

      Agreed.
      358/2 Days was my very first introduction to Kingdom Hearts (which I had been wanting to try since I was 6) and the music was part of why it hit me so hard. Particularly that very song.
      She really is one of the very best music composers of our day.

      • Ronldbx6

        What other Kingdom Hearts games have you played since then?

        • http://mewisthebest.deviantart.com/ AnotherDeadArtist

          I’ve only played 358/2 and DDD all the way through.
          Other than that, I’ve only been able to play bits and pieces of the original one due to being strapped for funds and traveling a lot.
          But now my very best friend (we’re like brothers) has the first remix so I go over to his place every once and a while to play the first two more consistently.

          And I’m loving every second of it. The music particularly just flows into my ears and I almost feel like I’m actually in the game, the world, itself.
          Again, thank God for Yoko Shimomura.
          The lady is a genius at her art.

          • Ronldbx6

            Oh cool, I wonder what’s it’s like starting from a later on numbered kingdom hearts and then going back to playing the others? Is the story confusing or too much too handle? I started with KH1 as an early teen and then went to KH2. I couldn’t play Chain of memories because I didn’t have a Gameboy. So, the beginning of KH2 was really confusing to me. After KH2, they finally remade Chain of Memories for the ps2 so, I picked that up. It was only after playing Chain of memories that KH2 finally made sense. I then played 358/2 days, Birth by sleep and Re:coded in this order. The last one I played was Dream Drop Distance. So I understand the Story of Kingdom Hearts fully, and can’t wait for KH3. I’m excited for the 2.5 HD Remix as well. The U.S. will finally be able to get the Final Mix content of KH2 and Birth by Sleep just like the 1.5 HD remix, which I also have.

          • tobase78

            I started out with Birth By Sleep. Then realizing that all KH games are connected, I started playing the games in this order: KH1, Re:CoM, KH2, Days and then DDD. With Re:Coded, I just watched the cutscenes for Castle Oblivion and the endings.

            But even if my first game was BBS and played Days late, my favorite game turned out to be the latter and my favorite character is Xion.

            However, I do admit that you could play KH without Days. There wasn’t much anything new there other than the existence of Xion. But I disagree that Days could do without Xion. There has to be a good catalyst for Roxas to leave the Organization. And since the series is about friendship and how almost all games revolve around chasing and bringing a friend/s back, and that Roxas is a part of Sora, who’s chasing his friend back aka Riku, Xion is a pretty good catalyst. Axel doesn’t look the part since it seemed like he didn’t even need to be brought back as he was right there in the flashback when Roxas left. So yep. In fact, it’s pretty much decided that one of Roxas’ reasons why he left the Organization would be about a friend due to the nature of the series. The staff just happened to decide that it should be a girl named Xion.

            Still, I think Xion was a pretty good addition in the cast, so yep. Brings in a big support of what hearts are in the series.

            Also, I have to say I love all of Xion’s themes, be it Musique Pour la Tristesse or Vector to the Heavens. I probably love them even more than Dearly Beloved. Imagine my surprise when I clicked the website for the Memoria album and the background music chosen to play is Vector to the Heavens.

            If anything, I think she’s probably the staff’s favorite KH girl, and maybe even Japan’s too. Especially since she sounds a lot moe in HD1.5Remix, and Japan loves them moe….She even has the most pixiv fanarts compared to the rest of the KH girls and the third most popular KH fanart in pixiv is of just Roxas and Xion. Pixiv Popularity in their respective tags is usually a clue to what Japan likes, I think.

          • Ronldbx6

            You have a point, thank for the story too.

          • http://mewisthebest.deviantart.com/ AnotherDeadArtist

            For some reason the story didn’t confuse me at all. I suppose that may have something to do with me liking mysteries a whole bunch. Whenever I came upon something that didn’t have a full explanation I’d put a mental tab on it and would feel my intrigue and love for the game and series rise with each new mystery. Even now I get a surge of pleasure each time something becomes clearer to me and by the time I play KHIII it’s going to feel incredible.

            So instead of being confusing it ended up being something that seriously drew me into the series even more.

          • Ronldbx6

            Oh, interesting. Enjoy then :).

  • MaximDualBlade

    Man I saw FFVersus and clicked without even reading the title.
    Square Enix is repeating the same mistakes again… they haven’t shown anything new since E3, and that’s almost a year ago.
    There is the theory and fan argument that maybe just maaaaaybe the next time they show it, it will have a release date. I hope so, because like lots of fools out there I have my hopes so but so high with this game that [insert fitting way to end this sentence]

    • Herok♞

      For FF XV you don’t need to see a game every few weeks to know that the development is going fine, after all people went years without knowing anything new about it, because it went next gen and now a year is a problem?

      • Tristan Diaz

        Exactly.

      • MaximDualBlade

        Yes I need to see something about the game. I have waited since the announcement and now it’s for ps4 and I still know very little about the game.

        • Ronldbx6

          I agree, I’m sick of them giving us a big update and then we don’t hear about the game anymore for months. I would like frequent updates.

    • BleuVII

      Yeah. FFXV was announced when I was still in college, and I graduated in 2006.

      • Nice Boat Quatro

        Maybe my grandchildren will be able to play the demo XD

    • Slickyslacker

      Trust me, we aren’t going to see it until E3. But I’m sincerely expecting a Jap release date, or more reasonably, at least a release window. After meticulously reviewing all of what has been shown thus far, I’ve shed most of my doubts and have high hopes for XV.

      I would definitely say that they revealed KH III a year too early, however. That is to say, we may see more gameplay footage of it this year/another tech demo, but don’t expect a whole lodestone worth of information.

      • MaximDualBlade

        *2 years too early

        If they give us a release date, even only for Japan I would still be hyped, I just want consistency between news.

        Versus in 2015 would be ideal. I think they will have a really close release date between Japan and the rest of the world, because after the heavy bad reputation that ff13 got, either Versus will sell like crazy or it will sell like crazy.

        All those people who have “lost faith” in FF will go in crowds to buy that game. And it will be really good!
        If the story is FF-like with good character develpment, tons of relevant sidequests, a world map, NPCs, a fun gameplay and the visuals are stunning, I don’t see anyone who can say with a straight face ” I hate FF15″

        • Herok♞

          All numbered FF games sell, so I don’t see the point in this comment is it just everything you hope for in the game or what? Also I can tell you already the people who don’t want FF to be an Action RPG(all numbered non mmo have been normal JRPGS) will hate it sorry to burst your bubble. Also I fail to see the logic behind the FF13 has a bad rep so that means FF15 will auto sell.

          • MaximDualBlade

            This game has been hyped and requested for years and you would think the demand for it has lowered even with all those years. The ff13 hate is because people are tired of that series, really tired, so we have the demand for a new non mmo numbered FF.
            And don’t worry I had the “action rpg” haters in my equation. and they will also like it, but in the shadows. Like that friend we all have that hides its love for anime and niche jrpgs and you know that he is just as excited for this game as you.
            Also I have enormous faith in Nomura… I’m guilty of that

            And yes it is a part of what I hope of this game. A real JRPG

  • Ethan_Twain

    This is cool because Ms. Shimomura has made some totally excellent RPG music.

    This is less cool because some of her absolute best work (in my opinion) was in Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story and Xenoblade. Sadly since this is through Square Enix we only get tracks from a subset of her portfolio.

    Still, better than nothing! I appreciate that this exists at all.

    • SMT

      Don’t forget her awesome work in Radiant Historia :)

      • Ethan_Twain

        Oh man! I did not know that was her.

  • http://www.gamefaqs.com/features/recognition/21421.html?type=4 Kashell

    I love her! She’s such a talented artist.

    • Ric Vazquez

      Se can have all my money for that album.

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    As someone who loves Yoko’s work and her Drammatica album, I can safely say that I am really looking forward to this album. That Vector to the Heavens arrangement is just simply wonderful.

  • Masa

    wait…a song from the game in her album, guessing the game must be really far into development then.

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    Cool ^_^

  • Zer0faith

    I can imagine ordering this great album and Square Enix sending you this instead. Curse you Square Enix!
    *Wags hand at air*

    http://collectorsedition.org/uploads/2013/06/popup_01.jpg

    • Herok♞

      I would still want my album but as a Fan of the FF13 saga I wouldn’t mind getting this for free

  • Ryumoau

    That kid in the opening pic of this article is so adorable!! I wish he remained that age during the whole FF15 game. :P

  • Raltrios

    Yoko Shimomura is my favourite composer along with Motoi Sakuraba. Games like Luminous Arc and Radiant Historia made me fall in love with her music.

  • ShinStar

    I wonder if there’s going to be any Street Fighter II songs on there? I think a lot of people don’t realize she’s one of the artist responsible for those World Warrior themes the world knows and enjoy to this very day.

    Edit: I just saw the track listing at vgmdb and there is no SFII :( Even her previous album “drammatica” only contains RPG tunes…and that one even has a FF Versus XIII song.

    • tobase78

      Nope. Street Fighter is Capcom’s. It says there on the website that’s it’s Square Enix. SE doesn’t own Street Fighter. So it’s only SE game soundtracks there.

    • Anime10121

      The album is being produced by Square Enix, there’s no way it’d have tracks from SFII (a Capcom game) even though Shimomura composed a few.

      • ShinStar

        Oops. I didn’t realize this was being produced by them. My mistake..!

  • chroma816

    Yoko’s music is great. And as blasphemous as it may sound, I like her better than Nobou.

    Also, young!Noctis is absolutely adorable.

    • Anime10121

      Finally, someone who agrees with me :D, now back in the day, Uematsu may have given her a run for her money (though shimomura still came out on top), but now? Shimomura could do a fatality on Uematsu’s tracks!

      • chroma816

        Definitely.

        I mean, Nobou is still an amazing composer – there’s no denying that. But I prefer Yoko’s music because to me, it’s a got a quality that’s both good and hard to explain.

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