Yasunori Mitsuda, the popular composer of hit games like Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, and Xenogears is hard at work on Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (alongside ACE, Kenji Hiramatsu, and Manami Kiyota). Last month he visited Ireland to do some recording with Anúna, a popular choral group. At the end of this month full production of the soundtrack begins. Mr. Mitsuda has shared a picture of the pieces of music needing to be recorded, and it represents about 1/4 of the entire game’s soundtrack!
We’re not sure how many tracks will eventually make it into the final game, but a rough eyeball count would put the total at well over 120 pieces of music. It sounds like Mr. Mitsuda is way more involved in Xenoblade Chronicles 2 soundtrack than he was for the original game, of which he only composed one song. As huge fans of his previous works, we’re hopeful that the sequel reaches and even surpasses the original!
Does the recording of the soundtrack now give us any indication of whether or not Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is on schedule for a late 2017 release? Unfortunately it’s difficult to say one way or the other, but in many projects the sound effects, music, and voice work often come at the end. This could be a good sign that it’s on track for this year, but of course it’s impossible to know for sure until Nintendo decides to share more on its progress.
For more on Xenoblade Chronicles 2, be sure to stop by our preview. We’ve got the initial reveal and screens.
[Source: Mitsuda’s Blog]