Final Fantasy 14 fans won’t be surprised to learn that Naoki Yoshida is producing Final Fantasy 16 (opens in a new tab), the music for the game will be composed by Masayoshi Soken. Avid listeners could have already told in the game’s two trailers that the music sounds like what you hear all the time in the MMO, but now we know for sure via a PlayStation Blog post (opens in a new tab).
Last year, Sony released the trailer for Awakening, and as the choir arrives with a classic Final Fantasy-themed piece, they scream 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 a new tab)for some of the game’s greatest moments. And, best of all, he played much of the music live in his band The Primals, and all by himself, with a Omatatone (opens in a new tab).
The Final Fantasy 16 soundtrack so far doesn’t stray far from what you’d expect from the series, but I think it’s sure to skip genres in the final game – you can’t really not hold back Soken.
Soken made a name for himself by transforming the perception of what Final Fantasy music is could to be as the game returned from its failed original launch. He and Yoshida have spoken a lot about their passion for making music extremely evocative and surprising for 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 gone on for some time alongside the continued development of Final Fantasy 14. In May 2021, Soken announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer (opens in a new tab) and received treatment throughout 2020. The composer continued to work on music during chemotherapy.
You can hear his new track in the new Final Fantasy 16 trailer (opens in a new tab) from Sony State of Play today. The game now has a summer 2023 release date, but it’s still unclear when the PC version will launch.