Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Nobuo Uematsu’s score sounds like a cinematic masterpiece

12 September 2019, 14:46 | Updated: 13 September 2019, 10:57

By Helena Asprou

The Japanese science fantasy game is one of the most popular cult franchises of all time – and now, the seventh game in the series has been re-imagined with a spectacular new soundtrack.

Japanese video game developer, Square Enix, has just released the trailer for the Final Fantasy 7 Remake – and the music already sounds epic.

The developer, also known for its work on Dragon Quest and Kingdom Hearts, shared the trailer (watch above) at the Tokyo Game Show 2019, giving the audience an exclusive preview of the characters, opening section and of course, that incredible soundtrack.

Set in the dystopian city of Midgar, the video hints at the section of the game where Cloud dresses up as a woman to infiltrate Don Corneo’s mansion, as well as giving us a glimpse of the Turks, goon squad for evil Shin-Ra, and Cloud being transformed into a frog during battle.

With so much action in one game, its makers knew they needed a dynamic score that would bring its plot and characters to life – and from what we’ve seen (and heard) so far, we can expect great things.

Nobuo Uematsu in concert at Cigale
Nobuo Uematsu in concert at Cigale. Picture: Getty

Written by Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu, the trailer music’s speedy tempo and rich orchestration – featuring soaring strings, powerful brass and crashing timpani – has certainly caught our attention, and sets an ominous tone for the rest of the soundtrack.

Created by Hironobu Sakaguchi and first released in 1987, Final Fantasy has become one of the most successful role-playing video games to hit our screens.

So, it comes as no surprise that this latest remake of the original 1997 version, Final Fantasy VII, is an exciting moment for fans:

The first part of the Final Fantasy 7 Remake will include two Blu-ray discs for Playstation 4, and is scheduled for release on 3 March 2020.