Many agree that the soundtrack of the original Final Fantasy XIV was one of the best parts of the game, especially due to the inspired scoring by the popular composer Nobuo Uematsu. Most of those tunes are gone as the musical score has been completely redone for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, even if we recently learned that Uematsu-sensei will make a comeback in the new game.
Those that loved the music of the original game still have something to look forward to, as Square Enix will release a music blu-ray titled Before Meteor: Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack, that will hit the Japanese shelves on August the 14th (just two weeks before the release of A Realm Reborn)
The sountrack will cost 5,250 yen (about 51 bucks), and will include all the tracks used for the original game, including those composed after its release by Masayoshi Soken, Tsuyoshi Sekito and Naoshi Mizuta, in addition to those by Nobuo Uematsu.
It will also come with a bonus track that will feature the “The End of an Era” trailer with the music recorded in 5.1.
Fans that will purchase the blu-ray will also get a code to download a special “Dalamud minion” for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Before you hurry to import the soundtrack, though, you may want to consider that those bonus codes are normally region locked, so you may not be able to apply them to a North American or to an European account.
There’s still no official word of a possible western release, even if Square Enix Music normally does release a lot of its Japanese sountracks in the west, at least on iTunes. All we can do is keeping our fingers crossed.
Update: me and a few others asked Soken-sensei directly on Twitter about a western release and he replied with a classic “Stay tuned”-like response, which is still definitely better than a “no”.
— ニー祖堅 (@SOKENsquareenix) May 28, 2013