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James O Apr 13, 2010

I believe it's supposed to be a collection of a few arranges and extra tracks that were produced for overseas versions of FFXIII.

Wanderer Apr 13, 2010

Yeah, it looks similar in concept to FFIX Plus. I'm still getting it because I can't get enough of FFXIII's music. wink

Cedille Apr 13, 2010

I never heard FFIX plus, but wasn't it a collection of numerous unreleased FMV themes which were often decorated with a real orchestra with Hamaguchi? I don't know if FFXIII has ever noteworthy unreleased music (unless you're a fan of vocal themes regardless of how bad it is) so I'm rather surprised to see this album coming...

Wanderer Apr 13, 2010

Cedille wrote:

I never heard FFIX plus, but wasn't it a collection of numerous unreleased FMV themes which were often decorated with a real orchestra with Hamaguchi? I don't know if FFXIII has ever noteworthy unreleased music (unless you're a fan of vocal themes regardless of how bad it is) so I'm rather surprised to see this album coming...

FFIX Plus had all of the FMV tracks (which were all orchestrated) along with a bunch of synth outtakes.

As for FFXIII, there are a few unreleased tracks, but they're mostly extensions of what we already have (like the expanded "Defiers of Fate"). I'm hoping that we get a lot of new arrangements instead!

Cedille May 12, 2010 (edited May 12, 2010)

According to this interview, a PC is apparently coming (Here is the official English translation, but I'm not sure that it's well translated if mine isn't any better).

- By the way, what's your current project?
Hamauzu: I don't firm up my idea yet, but I'm working on the arrangement of a certain piano collection for some time.

I avoid FFXIII OST Plus as most of tracks are just prototype versions, but am moderately interested in a PC. Sad to know XII is officially skipped while even XI got arranged twice, though sad

Herrkotowski May 12, 2010

Yeah, it's quite sad that FFXII did get skipped. A small glimmer of hope was provided to me via Sakimoto via Twitter (I assume this also means for Lord of Vermilion 2 as well):

HitoshiSakimoto
 
we are figuring out how to publish the CDs concerning SQEX, stay cool ! RT @DonKotowski: I wish there was a Final Fantasy XII PIano Collection

Ramza May 13, 2010

Herrkotowski wrote:

Yeah, it's quite sad that FFXII did get skipped. A small glimmer of hope was provided to me via Sakimoto via Twitter (I assume this also means for Lord of Vermilion 2 as well):

HitoshiSakimoto
 
we are figuring out how to publish the CDs concerning SQEX, stay cool ! RT @DonKotowski: I wish there was a Final Fantasy XII PIano Collection

Awesome!

Yeah I grilled Uematsu about I-III piano collection at Anime Boston. If a XII piano existed, and I-III, then OMG I could have a full set of FF Piano CDs.

Chris May 14, 2010 (edited May 14, 2010)

I think a FFI-III PC was planned, but was replaced with something else considerably more interesting, at least if I remember correctly. Check SEMO, probably tomorrow. wink

Back to the original topic, FFXIII OST+ seems completely pointless to me and a waste of money.

Ramza May 16, 2010

Nice find Cedille. That's excellent news. Kuroda is great on FFX.

the_miker May 16, 2010

Cedille wrote:

It appears Aki Kuroda returns to an FFXIII PC.

That's incredible.  Looks like we're getting FFX Piano Collections, part 2!  FFX's PC was one of my favorites so I'm definitely looking forward to this one.

rein Aug 12, 2010

The album art bruises my eyes with its clutter and barrage of colors.  I question, too, the decision to display the name of the album in a plain white typeface that disappears amidst the chaos.  I'd say that this a contender for worst VGM album art of the year.

Qui-Gon Joe Aug 13, 2010

rein wrote:

The album art bruises my eyes with its clutter and barrage of colors.  I question, too, the decision to display the name of the album in a plain white typeface that disappears amidst the chaos.  I'd say that this a contender for worst VGM album art of the year.

Yeah, you can't really see the text on there very well - maybe in real life it's shiny metallic or something?

And the color scheme on there just kind of reminds me of the general look of FFXIII that I've seen in most promo materials/screenshots.

Zane Aug 13, 2010

the_miker wrote:

That's incredible.  Looks like we're getting FFX Piano Collections, part 2!

Nope. Zzzzz.

Cedille Aug 14, 2010

The overall production of 'FFXIII soundtracks series' has been a bit poorly produced so far (I still think the first was well produced, but since then). In retrospect, though, SQEX released at least four bad albums for XI (Star Onions, PREMIUM BOX, the second PC and 8th Anniversary), and now we're facing two promo albums from XIV...

Chris Aug 14, 2010

Yes, in my opinion, SQEX Music went downhill when the old producers left and were replaced by relatively inexperienced newcomers who constantly prioritised commerce over creativity. They've REALLY milked FFXIII so far and, with the exception of the first album, all subsequent releases have been underwhelming or disappointing in some way.

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