The rest are up on Square Portal. The game was composed by a team lead by Masashi Hamauzu, the sole composer of Final Fantasy XIII and lead for Final Fantasy XIII-2. He has been working on the Final Fantasy series’ music since 1997, with the first songs composed for an international audience in Final Fantasy X, including its piano collections. You can definitely see the nods to past work come through in these newest tracks, with the rest of the soundtrack coming to Japanese markets along with Lightning Returns in its entirety this November.
Casual fans of the Final Fantasy series might wonder why Nobou Uematsu isn’t the composer for this game. He took a lot of time off from the game series as of late, composing only the theme for FFXII after FFX. When he was given the opportunity to compose the music for Final Fantasy XIV (the original works, not the “A Realm Reborn” reboot), Uematsu decided to hand the composing rights off to Hamauzu instead. It only makes sense that Hamauzu, who has provided all the music in the Final Fantasy XIII saga, continues that tradition.
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be arriving here in North America on February 11, 2014. It will be released on the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360.