Preview the re-recorded soundtrack for The Zodiac Age

In 2017, Square Enix will release a high-definition remaster of Final Fantasy XII: International for the PlayStation 4. Those playing the game can choose between two soundtracks: the original PlayStation 2 version and a re-recorded soundtrack created for the HD remaster.

For the original version of the soundtrack, composer Hitoshi Sakimoto was forced to simplify his music to accommodate the limitations of the PlayStation 2. For this version, he was able to re-record the soundtrack with high-quality instruments and in 7.1 surround sound to finally realise his original vision while taking advantage of current sound production capabilities.

The trailer above features the new versions of “Dream to be a Sky Pirate” and “Giza Plains”. They’re relatively conservative arrangements of the originals, but considerably improving the quality of the sound. The samples suggest the new tracks were produced through a hybrid approach, blending instrumental performances with modern samplers, as with Final Fantasy X HD.

Posted on September 17, 2016 by Chris Greening. Last modified on September 17, 2016.

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One Response to Preview the re-recorded soundtrack for The Zodiac Age

  1. pekikuubik says:

    The other track is “Giza Plains”. There’s no track called “The Sky Pirate” AFAIK.

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