Square Enix Shares Official Guitar Cover of “Kazham” from Final Fantasy XI

Square Enix has uploaded a new arrangement onto their official music YouTube channel, this time featuring a guitar cover of “Kazham” from their ongoing MMORPG Final Fantasy XI.

I’m not at all familiar with Final Fantasy XI, but the fact that it’s still getting love, even with Final Fantasy XIV, is pretty cool. An official piano arrangement of “Awakening” from Final Fantasy XI was previously shared.

For those unaware, Final Fantasy XI remained active on PlayStation 2 (and Xbox 360) until March 2016, primarily because of how vast the player base was. It remained playable online until the last possible moment, illustrating just how vital of a game this was to so many fans. It is still playable on PC.

Initially composed by Naoshi Mizuta, Seiji Igusa arranged and performed this cover. You can listen to this cover of “Kazham” below:

Final Fantasy XVI is launching exclusively for PlayStation 5 on June 22, 2023.

Final Fantasy XVI is set to be a more action-heavy entry than its predecessors, with a Devil May Cry V designer even taking the helm. Throughout the title, players will control the protagonist, Clive, as he confronts various Dominants, humans who have been cursed with the power to become Eikons.

Clive is the “First Shield of Rosaria,” sworn to protect his younger brother Joshua, who’s the Dominant of Phoenix. However, following tragedy, Clive swears revenge on the Dark Eikon Ifrit.

The producer, Naoki Yoshida, describes this game as akin to his experience with the first Final Fantasy, as “playing the lead in an epic motion picture.” The reasoning for this title’s action-oriented approach and more classical fantasy setting was to “appeal to as wide a range of gamers as possible.” Moreover, “there will be a “comprehensive support system in place for players who aren’t too confident with action games.”

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