Square Enix has announced that the soundtrack for Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden will be digitally releasing on March 3, 2022. Alongside this news, several notable members of the title’s sound team have shared personal messages regarding development, viewable below. Thanks to our team’s Ryuji for translating their comments.
We were asked [by Square Enix] to add a Latin flavor to differentiate it from the previous work. The first image that comes to mind when you hear the word “Latin” is probably the cheerful impression of Brazil, such as samba, but in this work, I combined the slightly melancholy taste of Argentine tango with the fantasy sound from the previous work to express the world view of “The Forsaken Maiden”.
Although I have taken on more of a music director role than I did in the previous game, we gave created a soundtrack that combines the colors of each of us as creators, and I think it’s a soundtrack worthy of the second stage of the Voice of Cards series.
– Keiichi Okabe (Music Director)
In contrast to the Celtic worldview of “Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon” the music of “The Forsaken Maiden” is based on Latin grooves and emotions.
All of the songs have a different feel to them, but “Heartbreak” has a modern musical image that I’ve never created before, and I think it turned out to be a song full of ambition for me.
– Shotaro Seo (Composition/Arrangement)
Departing from the nostalgic and warm sound of the medieval RPG of Voice of Cards’ previous work, “Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon” which was born from the typical elements of fantasy, we have created music for this work, “The Forsaken Maiden” with a new fantasy worldview, focusing on the image of “traveling across the sea to an unknown land”.
The direction of the music has changed drastically throughout development, and the music is now Latin-based.
However, it is different from your typical Latin music, with a comparatively dark and mysterious-sounding tune, and I would be very happy if you could have a different experience listening to it as fantasy RPG music.
– Oliver Good (Composition/Arrangement)
You can view these messages in Japanese and the 14 songs being included in this soundtrack via Square Enix Japan’s official website.
This game takes place across several islands that maidens have protected for generations. The protagonist roams the seas with Laty, a girl who failed to become a maiden. However, they, of course, end up facing some sort of disastrous conflict, leading to players having to “circumvent fate” itself. There is a familiar face in the revealed cast of characters, making me wonder about this title’s connective tissue to the initial entry. This is a Yoko Taro endeavor, so there’s bound to be a slew of connections.
Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden is releasing for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on February 17, 2022.
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