It has been over 20 years since Kenji Ito made the original composing work for Romancing SaGa games. Today, the Japanese Sony Music Store opened pre-orders for Romancing SaGa 1 and 2 Original Soundtrack -Remaster- albums. The first “Romancing Saga Original Soundtrack -Remaster-” album will be released on 18th June, and “Romancing SaGa 2 Original Soundtrack -Remaster-” will be out a month later on 16th July. Similar to Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster soundtrack, these albums will contain newly arranged and remastered version of the original music in very high quality.
A sample from Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song- OST – “Eternal Emotion”
What the Kweh is Romancing SaGa?
Romancing SaGa was developed and published by Square (before merging with Enix) for Super Famicom / SNES, in 1992. It was the fourth installment in the SaGa series. Later in 2005, Square Enix revealed and published the PlayStation 2 remake of the game which was renamed as “Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song”. It was available in Japan and North America, but not in Europe. The original SNES version has been ported for smartphones and Wii. (Only in Japan)
The story events of the first Romancing SaGa were set in the fictional world of Mardias. It follow a story of eight heroes who started a journey across the world to prevent the resurrection of Saruin – an evil god from the ancient times. SaGa series is known for its modern and open design with the gameplay, story and world. For example, in Romancing Saga, players could experience the story events differently, as it was up to them, how they played through different story scenarios. Some of the events were only unlocked by completing certain tasks or talking to non-playable characters, which changed all players’ experiences slightly different.
Do you wanna know more about the history of the SaGa series? Did you know that Final Fantasy Legends games were originally SaGa games – not Final Fantasies? Please, check out our “the History of Square Enix’s Game Boy Games” article for more information about these amazing games.
Romancing SaGa -Minstrel Song- OST – Decisive Battle! Saruin -Final Battle with Saruin-
“Piano Opera FINAL FANTASY VII / VIII / IX” is now available for $11.88/€11.88 on iTunes. It’s the third release of the”Piano Opera” series which features piano arrangements of songs from the Final Fantasy series. Square Enix has already released two albums before: each of them focusing on three different Final Fantasy games, I-III and IV-VII.
- OP1 Ami (From “FINAL FANTASY VIII”) -Nobuo Uematsu | 4:01
- OP2 Fight On! (From “FINAL FANTASY VII) - Nobuo Uematsu | 3:02
- OP3 Cosmo Canyon (From “FINAL FANTASY VII) - Nobuo Uematsu | 3:06
- OP4 the Man with the Machine Gun (From “FINAL FANTASY VIII) - Nobuo Uematsu | 3:26
- OP5 Not Alone (From “FINAL FANTASY IX) - Nobuo Uematsu | 3:32
- OP6 Liberi Fatali (From “FINAL FANTASY VIII) - Nobuo Uematsu | 3:20
- OP7 Words Drowned by Fireworks (From “FINAL FANTASY VII) - Nobuo Uematsu | 3:40
- OP8 Festival of the Hunt (From “FINAL FANTASY IX) - Nobuo Uematsu | 3:29
- OP9 Force Your Way (From “FINAL FANTASY VIII) – Nobuo Uematsu | 3:21
- OP10 Roses of May (From “FINAL FANTASY IX) -Nobuo Uematsu | 4:08
- OP11 Opening – Bombing Mission (From “FINAL FANTASY VII) -Nobuo Uematsu | 4:21
- OP12 Melodies of Life (From “FINAL FANTASY IX) - Nobuo Uematsu | 3:46
Last year, Square Enix revealed a new sequel for “Gunslinger Stratos″, which was released this Spring. There has been lots of buzz going on around the game, mainly because of this epic Gunslinger Stratos 2 CGI trailer.
However, today we’re taking a closer look at the music promotion video vol. 2 which again takes us behind the scenes of the music production. The video gives a great preview of the soundtrack and how recording work is done.There are quite big artists working on the game’s soundtrack, for example, the world famous violist AYASA from “Sword of the Far East”, GARNiDELiA and Magnetic Fighter. Watch the previous music production video from here.
Note that Gungslinger Stratos 2 is an arcade-only title which means it won’t be seen outside Japan, unless Square Enix gets a reason to port it for consoles.
Kurasama Susaya in the cover of the fifth volume
The release of Final Fantasy Agito will be happening in Japan next month. It will be a free-to-play smartphone-only title and it will be having some sort of microtransactions. Square Enix has already announced “pre-DLC” for the game, that can be acquired from the pre-registration site or by buying the fifth volume of Final Fantasy Type-0 manga. More info can be found from here.
Since we haven’t talked much about the manga, we thought to tell a bit about it while showing off the covers of volumes 1-5 from the Final Fantasy Type-0: Reaper of the Icy Blade series. It’s a side story which follows Kurasama Susaya’s life nine years before the events of the original Final Fantasy Type-0. It gives an interesting insight, how the instructor of Class Zero became the person who he was in the game. The series also follow the normal student life in the Magic Academy Peristylium Suzaku and the comical events involves in it.
Also read: Check Out These Amazing Official Final Fantasy Type-0 Manga Artworks | Wallpapers
There are plenty things to write about Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call nowadays. This week, Square Enix Europe and North America revealed that the game will be released in the West later this year. Today, April 24th, the game is released in Japan, and even at this moment some Japanese Final Fantasy fans are playing the game. As we wait, there must be something to feed our hype hunger… Perhaps these new screenshots will do the trick.
Here we have eleven new brand new screenshots showing off the game. This time the areas in Field Music Sequence seem to be from games such as Lightning Returns, Crisis Core and Final Fantasy Type-0. New villains are being featured as well: Typhon and Bahamut from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children make an appear.
Also read: Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy Curtain Call Special Arrange Medley♪ Is a Nostalgia Overdose