Out of nowhere, Intelligent Systems has announced that an original soundtrack (OST) dedicated to the Elibe duology, Binding Blade and Blazing Blade, will be coming out on 19th December 2018 in Japan.
This is particularly notable since the original games came out 15 years ago (wow, it’s been that long…) and a full OST was never sold, although a partial soundtrack was bundled with an artbook.
However do note that this release doesn’t mean anything special, because Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn soundtracks were released in 2015–and nothing special happened back then.
Presumably, Intelligent Systems is simply capitalising on the fan demand growing over the years. Currently the only games missing official soundtracks are The Sacred Stones and New Mystery of the Emblem.
Anyway, onto the soundtrack itself! The full package contains the following:
- A collector’s box, to fit in both games’ soundtracks, with brand new artwork.
- Jewel cases for each game featuring the game’s box art.
- A full colour 8-page booklet for both games.
- 5 CDs featuring a total of 170 tracks between the two games.
- A bonus “Music Box” CD that has 10 music box style arrangements.
- A sound rubber strap that plays a variety of sound effects from the games.
The whole thing costs 5,200 Yen including tax (about 46 dollars). For more details, please check Intelligent System’s page here. Below you can find the track listing in English.
Unless you’re a die-hard Cipher follower or merchandise collector, you might have missed the birth of the real-life “Cavalier Duo” during 2016.
Perhaps better known for their roles as Sound Director and Music Composer in Fates, Hiroki Morishita (left) and Takeru Kanazaki (right) performed in a series of Fire Emblem mini-concerts during the Cipher Caravan events from June to August 2016.
Around this time, the pair became known as the “Cavalier Duo” (“Social Knights” in Japan, based on the Japanese name of the Cavalier class), with Morishita being the red Cavalier and Kanazaki being the green Cavalier.
Later, during the end of 2016, the pair released a soundtrack CD containing music they performed at the Cipher Caravan event, dubbed “Sounds of Fire Emblem from Cipher Caravan – Horse and Rider as One”.
Good news for Fates and music fans! On 27th April 2016, Nintendo will be releasing the Fire Emblem if (Fates) Original Soundtrack in Japan in partnership with Tablier Communications inc.
(All images credits to Famitsu)
Like the official Awakening soundtrack that came before it, Fates’s soundtrack comes in a beast of a package. For starters, it contains all 134 tracks from the game across 7 CDs and includes a bonus, bumper-packed DVD.
Similarly, Yusuke Kozaki–the artist of Awakening and Fates–again provides the glorious cover illustration, this time depicting Azura’s iconic performance at the Opera House.
The goodies don’t end there: First-print copies of the soundtrack will be bundled with a pair of those increasingly popular can badges featuring male and female Corrin.
Despite the games coming out many years ago, Nintendo are finally releasing the official soundtracks for Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn on 4th March 2015 (in Japan).
Each soundtrack is spread across 4 disks (so 8 for both) and comes with a 12 page booklet. The Path of Radiance soundtrack includes 64 tracks, while the Radiant Dawn soundtrack is a bit bigger at 85 tracks. Of course, these are the same number of tracks as in the games’ sound rooms.
Hopefully this is a sign of further celebrations to come, seeing as 2015 is the series’s 25th anniversary! Judging from the soundtrack descriptions, there’s a possibility more previously unreleased soundtracks might be coming too.