Square Enix Celebrates SaGa
Soundtracks, collectors packs, and more on the way!
It's SaGa's anniversary this year. And not just any anniversary -- the big two-oh! That means campaigns, goods, and even events for fans to look forward to. Today, Square Enix provided some details.
First up, some soundtrack information.
Did that SaGa series 20th anniversary soundtrack collection scare you off with its 20 discs of musical content? Well, if you want SaGa music limited to just one disc, Square Enix has the solution for you in the form of an original soundtrack for the upcoming DS entry in the series.
Announced on Friday (alongside a release date for the game off which it's based), the SaGa 2 Hihou Densetsu Goddess of Destiny Original Soundtrack will feature all the music from the DS game. This includes classic SaGa music arranged for the DS as well as all new tracks created specifically for the DS.
Look for the single disc soundtrack on September 9, priced at ¥2,500. Check out the soundtrack's official site for a sample track.
As for that anniversary soundtrack, it actually includes more than 20 discs. As a bonus, Square Enix is including a special DVD featuring interviews with SaGa series staffers, including Nobuo Uematsu, Kenji Itou, Chihiro Fujioka, Ryuji Sasai, Masahi Hamauzu, Tomomi Kobayashi, and Akitoshi Kawazu.
The soundtrack also includes a 20th anniversary illustration from Tomomi Kobayashi. This is capable of standing on its own.
That sounds like a lot of goodies, and you'll be paying for it to the tune of ¥21,000. The prize for your precious yen looks like this:
Known formally as the Square Enix SaGa Series 20th Anniversary Original Soundtrack Premium Box, this collectors item will be available on August 26.
What to get a sampling of the soundtrack's song list? Square Enix made available starting today over 500 sample tracks at the soundtrack's official site. The site also has a promotional video. Yes, a promo video for a soundtrack!
The SaGa series anniversary festivities do not end with just the soundtrack, though. Square Enix detailed today the SaGa 20th Anniversary Campaign. Those who buy select SaGa product and register their product codes at the Square Enix members site will qualify for some special bonuses. In addition to an invitation to a 20th anniversary event that's planned for November 1 (no details were provided about this), Square Enix is also giving out original goods. Details will be shared later.
Qualifying product include SaGa 2 Goddess of Destiny, SaGa 2 Goddess of Destiny 20th Anniversary Edition (the one that's bundled with the DSi), SaGa Series 20th Anniversary SaGa Chronicle (an anniversary book that's due for release on September 17), and the two soundtracks mentioned in this article.
Want a quick way of getting three of those products? Square Enix will be offering the SaGa 2 Goddess of Destiny Collector's Pack through its e-Store. This pack includes the standard Goddess of Destiny DS release, the SaGa Chronicle book, and the Goddess of Destiny Original Soundtrack. As bonus items, Square Enix is throwing in a mascot strap and a set of two original post cards, and is putting it all in a box featuring a drawing from Kobayashi based off the original Game Boy SaGa 2! This bundle will go for ¥12,680 and will release on September 17.
There could be even more anniversary festivities on the way for the SaGa franchise. Square Enix has opened a special Square Enix Members site in celebration of the anniversary, so check there for updates.