Square Enix Launches August 2023 Shaved Ice Playlist; 27 Tracks from Star Ocean, Final Fantasy, SaGa & More

Square Enix has launched a new monthly music playlist for August 2023 called “Shaved Ice.” Tracks from various franchises were specifically chosen for the theme of what one would listen to during the Summer.

Some standout picks are “Beyond the Clear Sky” from Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness, several songs from Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn and Stormblood, Besaid Island’s theme from Final Fantasy X, “Voyage Home World” from Chrono Cross, and “Ukelele le Chocobo” from Final Fantasy IX.

In total, there are 27 tracks adding up to around an hour and 15 minutes.

You can access this new Square Enix playlist on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube.

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Star Ocean: The Second Story R is releasing for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on November 2, 2023.

Star Ocean The Second Story R will feature fully voiced event scenes with the original voice cast, a newly arranged soundtrack by original composer Motoi Sakuraba with new songs, including some with a live band, as well as the new Break and Assault Action combat mechanics.

Players can anticipate two selectable protagonists, Claude and Rena, akin to the recently released Star Ocean The Divine Force. Claude is a Pangalactic Federation officer and son of the legendary Ronyx Kenny, causing him to have internal strife regarding his identity. During a mission, Claude’s ego gets the better of him as he’s transported to an underdeveloped planet and spotted by Rena, confusing him for the Hero of Light.

The Earth, Galaxy, and Universe difficulties will also be implemented. Further, the developer is Gemdrops, known for porting Star Ocean: The Second Evolution to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in Japan.

Subtitled French, Italian, German, and Spanish language support will also be available via a launch day update.

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