Rumour: Square Enix's Music Division Shuttered

The last note has apparently been played by Square Enix Music, rumours website Square Enix Music Online.

At the end of last year, the group was disbanded for budgetary reason, leaving composer casualties that include:

Masashi Hamauzu (Final Fantasy XIII, Dirge of Cerberus, SaGa Frontier II)

Junya Nakano (Final Fantasy X, Threads of Fate, Musashi: Samurai Legend)

Tsuyoshi Sekito (The Last Remnant, Dawn of Mana, Founder of The Black Mages)

Naoshi Mizuta (Final Fantasy XI, Final Fantasy Gaiden, Founder of The Star Onions)

Kumi Tanioka (Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, Chocobo Series, Code Age Commanders)

Takeharu Ishimoto (The World Ends With You, Dissidia, Compilation of Final Fantasy VII)

These individuals were employed by Square Enix for anywhere between 12 and 15 years. According to Square Enix Music Online, many of these composers will entire, while others will continue to make a go in the game industry.

Square Enix Music Online adds that the company will apparently rely on independent composers for future titles as opposed to in-house composers - similar to how many Western game developers operate.

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


Comments

    Thats sad, i actually enjoyed Square Enix Music. It will be sad to see them go especally since i don't have that much confidence in outside music developers.

    You know, i'm actually very disapointed and pissed of at Square Enix. You can't really tell me that they were in so much financial trouble that they could not afford to keep their music division. I know Square Enix is trying to regain their former glory by adopting a western model but still.

    I mean what happened to all the money that they made from all those Dragon Quest ports to the DS. I know that western game companies are doing better on a whole than Japanese game companies, but you don't have to follow everything that they are doing. Think Square Enix, think instead of being idiots.

      *i meant Pissed off

    That's no good. The jobs those guys did were awesome. Can't say I have the same respect for music in western games as I do many Japanese games with in-house composers. I'm hoping SE will at least hire these guys again as independents if they haven't gone and joined another company.

    Well I guess this means I won't have to buy any S-E soundtracks anymore as they'll be rubbish. At least it'll save money I guess... :'(

    I agree with you Dunnowhathuh. I thought Square Enix Music and the rest of Square Enix's music division did an excellent job, and i for one blissfully enjoyed there work. Music in western games overall isn't anywhere near as good. Square Enix just needlessly cut the jobs of so many hard working people for a simple cashgrab, because its not like they were bordering broke, not with all those ports.

    Square Enix, you just ruined a major pillar of what made your games so great and subsequently spat on the faces of countless long term Square Enix fans like my self.

    Shame on you Square Enix, shame on you.

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