Last week it was announced through Famitsu that Mitsuda is the 'Sound Producer' for the upcoming DS stategy RPG Luminous Ark. From the diary Mitsuda keeps on his site however, it appears his participation in the creation of the game's soundtrack will be minimal:
Luminous Ark has been anounced. As things are, it looks like I will be participating as sound producer (that would be sound director actually), and will only be helping out with about two or three tracks. The music will be composed by a team of four people made up from Procyon staff and people hired from the outside. The game will be a 'tactics'-like simulation (?). I hope this takes away any misunderstandings that I will be doing all the tracks in the game."
Luminous Ark appears to be one of the two DS projects Mitsuda earlier announced in the Hopeful Weeds Vol.13 news letter. Since I don't think anyone posted anything about these projects yet, here's what they are:
Work on one PS2 game, two DS games (one of which he will only be helping out on--this should be Luminous Ark then), the production of three books, one arrangement job, a collaboration CD with a certain person, and he's still busy making the Chrono Cross arrange CD.
In the news letter he writes that he hopes he'll be able to disclose more info on the game-related project around this year's TGS show.
Edit: Mitsuda just updated his diary. I seems the above diary entry generated some confusion. Here's today's entry:
"My apologies. It seems that my previous diary entry led to a lot of misunderstandings, so here's the correct story:
For Luminous Ark, Procyon Studio will be involved in all aspects of the creation of the game's music, including composing, arranging, and manipulation work. I will be composing, arranging (the theme song etc.) and handling the production and direction of the music."
This post actually leaves me more confused than the previous one, but I guess this could mean that Mitsuda will compose and/or arrange the earlier mentioned three or four tracks while Procyon Studio staff members (and composers hired from outside the company?) will handle the rest of the composing duties (with Mitsuda overseeing the entire creation process). Or it could mean Mitsuda is now handling all of the music (especially since I noticed the original diary entry has now disappeared from his site). Yeah, that's probably it...I think.