Music for the Final Fantasy series has been created by numerous individuals, including, but not limited to, Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta, Hitoshi Sakimoto, and Kumi Tanioka. They've all brought majestic themes to the main installments of the franchise as well as some of the spin-off titles over the years. But the undisputed master of Final Fantasy compositions is the man who singlehandedly composed the first 9 Final Fantasy games, Nobuo Uematsu.
Uematsu left Square Enix following his work on Final Fantasy XI (2002) before returning for Final Fantasy XIV (which he composed the music for with Ryo Yamazaki, Naoshi Mizuta, Tsuyoshi Sekito and Masayoshi Soken) 8 years later. He has a remarkable legacy attached to his name, but there is another legend joining this series' long list of composers for Final Fantasy 15.
Yoko Shimomura & Her Spellbinding Music For Final Fantasy 15
Yoko Shimomura is famous for her work with the Kingdom Hearts series and we can't wait to see what she accomplishes with [Kingdom Hearts 3](tag:2683489). But Square Enix have also appointed her as the lead composer for a game that has been in development for almost a decade. She's never been involved with the Final Fantasy series before, but after hearing a piece like this, it's hard to imagine why that's ever been the case. Please enjoy the extended version ;)
A fan of lounge-style Jazz, Chopin and Beethoven, Yoko Shimomura is perhaps the most famous female composer in the video game world. She draws from her own emotions and experiences, stating that she's been inspired by:
"a beautiful picture, scenery, tasting something delicious, scents that bring back memories, happy and sad things... Anything that moves my emotion gives me inspiration"
She fully comprehends the emotional power of music and often uses repetition in her pieces to draw a sense of nostalgia from her listeners. The best example of this, and her own favorite composition, is Dearly Beloved which she wrote for Kingdom Hearts.
Like millions of other gamers, we can't wait to see how [Final Fantasy 15](tag:2744989) turns out when it finally gets its release date for the [XBOX One](tag:2388117), [PS4](tag:2388122) and PC in 2016. While the wait can be arduous, the Episode Duscae demo still sits on my console, and to leave the menu running with Yoko Shimomura's beautiful music in the background is one of the best ways to calm that sense of anticipation.