Go Shiina retires from Bandai Namco
Today, composer Go Shiina announced his retirement from Bandai Namco after twenty years with the company. Shiina, who is well known for his work on the Tales series (beginning with 2005’s Tales of Legendia) as well as contributions to the Tekken, Ace Combat, and God Eater series, tweeted today that he felt was ready for a fresh start after reviewing an early company news letter (thank you to Stephen Meyerink for the translation).
— 椎名豪 十二大戦 (@cnago) September 29, 2017
Masaru Shiina, better known as Go Shiina, started his career at Namco in 1997. After being recruited, he quickly polished up his knowledge about video games and their music. Shiina first gained experience on arcade projects such as Hammer Champ, World Stadium ‘98EX, and Quick & Crash.
In 2005, Shiina’s music became known to a much wider audience when his soundtrack for the internally developed RPG Tales of Legendia was released. Given the unique scenario of the game, Shiina decided to express his individuality on the project, rather than imitate past Tales scores. He developed a colorful orchestral sound on the project, recording the scores with the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and various session musicians.
In recent years, Shiina has worked on God Eater 2, originally for the PSP, and God Eater 2: Rage Burst, the Vita and PS4 expanded adaptation, and contributed to the 20th Anniversary Tales title, Tales of Zestiria, alongside series staple, Motoi Sakuraba.
For more information on Go Shiina, read our composer bio page, or check out the rare interview we received from him in 2009. Whether Shiina will be going freelance or joining up with another company is not yet certain.
Posted on September 29, 2017 by Emily McMillan. Last modified on September 29, 2017.