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Lightning Returns Pre-Soundtrack Out in Japan

July 12th, 2013 by Tony Garsow

Today (July 13th) in Japan, Square Enix is releasing the Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Pre-Soundtrack, giving fans a taste of the game’s score ahead of the release date. Composed by Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta, and Mitsuto Suzuki, Lightning Returns gathers the triumvirate of Final Fantasy XIII composers once again to create a soundtrack befitting the end of the world and the heroine’s struggle.

Square Enix has released a new music video set to one of the new compositions called “Lightning Returns”. It’s featured on the Pre-Soundtrack, and heard in the video above. Mitsuto Suzuki, seen in the recording studio below, brings together various musicians to record the fast-paced and melodic track. Currently, the Pre-Soundtrack is available on the Japanese iTunes for 500 yen.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII releases on November 21st in Japan, and the Official Soundtrack is set to coincide with that date. North America will get to play on February 11th, and Europe on February 14th. The game will be available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

In addition to today’s update, the team has released more concept art from the game, which we’ve posted below. Fan of the Final Fantasy XIII soundtracks? What do you think of the Lightning Returns OST thusfar? Leave your thoughts in a comment below!

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  • Daniel Masterson

    Awesome! Can’t wait. I am hoping they announce a collector’s edition that has the soundtrack like they did with XIII-2.

  • AnimaMagna

    That battle track was glorious. More than ever hoping that this will be a good game with a great OST… and a happy ending.

  • AnimaMagna

    Edit
    Wow! I had an epiphany. Those pieces in the trailer when Lightning is surrounded by Chaos, appears when Chaos seeps into the Yusnaan palace, how she fights off Snow’s guards. That explains why he was running and why he has become hostile. Nothing to do with Serah: he’s afraid of her.

  • Daniel Masterson

    Nice observation! I didn’t catch that. I am very excited for this. My PS3 is going to get so much use between now and next year, between kingdom hearts and FFX and lightning returns!