Report: Final Fantasy XIII Composer Leaves Square Enix

Masashi Hamauzu, FFXIII composer, has left game company Square Enix, reports website Square Enix Music Online. He was an employee at Square Enix for the past 15 years.

During that time, Hamauzu worked on titles such as SaGa Frontier II, Unlimited SaGa, Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy XIII. The official FFXIII soundtrack will be released in Japan on January 27.

According to Square Enix Music Online, further departures from the Square Enix composer team are expected in the coming months.

No word what greener pastures Hamauzu has moved on to. However, Kotaku is confirming this report with Square Enix.

Square Enix Music Online :: Video Game Music News [Square Enix Music via Final]


    Why are future quits forseeable? SE arguing with its composers? Seems like they are losing a lot of talent recently

      Recently? Look what happened when Sakaguchi left Square. Final Fantasy went down the toilet!

    I worry what will happen to the franchise's music in the future. He, Uematsu and Nanako did a great job with FFX's soundtrack but when XII came along, the music was crud. No offence to Sakimoto but I don't think he did a very good job (granted it seems like a rare thing cuz I did like what he did with the Valkyria Chronicles soundtrack). The only song of XII I liked was the only song that Uematsu composed.

    From all the music I've heard thus far, it seems that Hamauzu did a great job with XIII. But now with both Uematsu and Hamauzu gone, it's a bit worrying what may happen.

    Random question, did anyone else love FFX-2's music?
    I swear most of the songs in that game are unreal.

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