Final Fantasy 14 fans won’t be surprised to hear this along with Naoki Yoshida’s production final fantasy 16 (opens in new tab), the game’s music will be composed by Masayoshi Soken. Attentive listeners could already tell in the game’s two trailers that the music sounds like the things you hear all the time in the MMO, but now we know for sure through a PlayStation blog post (opens in new tab).
Last year Sony released the trailer for Awakening and the moment the chorus enters with a play on the classic Final Fantasy theme, it screams Soken, and now even more so in retrospect. The composer achieved legendary status for blending traditional Final Fantasy music with other genres, including jazz and rock (opens in new tab), for some of the game’s greatest moments. And best of all, he played a lot of live music in his band The Primals, and alone, with a omattone (opens in new tab).
So far, Final Fantasy 16’s soundtrack doesn’t stray too far from what you’d expect from the series, but I think it’s a given that it will skip genres in the final game – you really can’t restrict Soken.
Soken made a name for himself by transforming the perception of what Final Fantasy music could be how the game crept back from its failed original release. He and Yoshida talked a lot about their passion for making music extremely evocative and surprising to longtime Final Fantasy fans over the years. It will be fascinating to see it in the context of a traditional action game with a potentially smaller scale story than the MMO.
Work on Final Fantasy 16 has apparently continued for quite some time alongside the ongoing development of Final Fantasy 14. In May 2021, Soken announced that it had been diagnosed with cancer (opens in new tab) and received treatment throughout 2020. The songwriter continued working on music during chemotherapy.
You can hear their newest track in the new Final Fantasy 16 trailer (opens in new tab) of Sony’s State of Play today. The game now has a summer 2023 release date, but it’s still unclear when the PC version will release.