Square Enix has released the track listings for two of OSV’s most anticipated albums of what’s remaining of this year. We talked about both SQ Chips and the NieR Tribute Album during our interview with Izumi Tsukushi and Akio Shiraishi, and also recently reviewed the sampler of the SQ Chips album.
As for the NieR Tribute Album -echo-, it does appear as though it’s turning into somewhat of a NieR SQ album with some returning arrangers although the sound is much darker and mature, which is more in line with the original score. You can check out the full track list at VGMdb and listen to samples on the official tribute album website which includes samples of “Grandma,” “Emil,” “Song of the Ancients,” and more, all of which sound amazing.
Moving on to SQ Chips, there’s quite a lengthy list of tracks which includes some surprises such as music from Einhander, Nanashi no Game, and Final Fantasy XIII among many others. The bad news? My two favorite tracks from the SQ Chips Preview Mini Album, “Crisis” from Seiken Densetsu 2 and “A Place to Call Home” from Final Fantasy IX are not on the album. I guess that’s why they didn’t have “[Demo Version]” in their track titles. Actually, Mitsuto Suzuki’s “Chips de Chocobo” also doesn’t appear, but I’m betting it’ll be a hidden track. We asked Square Enix about the missing tracks and were told that they didn’t make the deadline for making it onto the album, and may be released as a bonus on another album on a future date. Look forward to that! In the meantime, check out VGMdb for the track listing and the official website for a sound sample.
Are you surprised by anything on either one of these albums? Which one are you more excited about?