Square Enix has promised a year-long celebration in lieu of the Final Fantasy franchise turning 25 this year, and the music department isn’t skimping on the goodies.
Two new piano albums focusing on the first six games have been scheduled for release. PIANO OPERA I/II/III will drop tomorrow and features thirteen new arrangements of Nobuo Uematsu’s early series compositions. This is the first collection featuring piano arrangements from the first three titles in the series, as these had already been on the market for some time when the “piano collections” tradition began. The album can be purchased over at CD Japan for around $32 USD.
The second album, PIANO OPERA IV/V/VI, is scheduled for release on May 16 and also includes a slew of new arrangements as well as the promise of some gorgeous Uematsu-style medleys.
My guess is that we’ll be hearing about PIANO OPERA VII/VIII/IX pretty soon. Truth be told, though, I would love a piano collection for XIII-2… Get on that, Square.