According to Square Enix Music Online, Final Fantasy XIII composer Masashi Hamauzu has left Square Enix recently. This news came as a big shock for Final Fantasy fans because his musical works in Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy XIII were praised very much:
Square Enix Music Online can exclusively reveal that Final Fantasy XIII composer Masashi Hamauzu has left Square Enix. His departure is the latest in an exodus at the company’s sound team, following Kenichiro Fukui and Junya Nakano, and further departures from the remaining four composer team will occur in coming months.
During his 15 years at the company, Hamauzu has worked on titles such as SaGa Frontier II, Unlimited SaGa, Final Fantasy X, Musashi: Samurai Legend, Dirge of Cerberus, and Sigma Harmonics. During this period, he has accumulated considerable critical acclaim for his stylistic versatility and artistic impressionistic style. He has also produced three piano albums and the solo project Vielen Dank.
Hamauzu’s latest score Final Fantasy XIII is likely to make him a blockbuster name in the industry and has already been subjected to rave reviews. Its official soundtrack will be released on January 27. Though he completed the music for the Japanese game last year, he has recently been involved in development of the soundtrack for the international version of the game. Hamauzu’s future destination remains to be confirmed.
Source: Multiple Industry Sources
Source: Square Enix Music
I can’t think of any other good Square Enix composers except him, Nobuo and Yoko Shimomura who’s working on Versus at the moment. I’ll write more about Hamauzu’s superbly composed music in my own upcoming Final Fantasy XIII review. You can listen to some sample tracks on the Japanese FFXIII music page which was updated today with a new video from Masashi Hamauzu himself.