Square Enix has uploaded a new official cover on their music YouTube channel. Masashi Kuno arranged and performed “A Distant Promise” from the beloved classic turn-based JRPG Xenogears on lute, initially composed by Yasunori Mitsuda. Additionally, Yohei “Billy” Horiuchi recorded and mixed the performance.
Xenogears is a PlayStation 1 JRPG that is often considered masterclass due to its intricately woven narrative and compelling setting. Many fans have been claroming for it to receive an HD-2D remake as it has remained largely neglected aside from a PlayStation 3 PSN release. Set in a world suffering from war, protagonist Fei Fong Wong eventually finds himself confronting a machine perceived as a god, Deus. Combat featured mecha-like components with useable mechs called Gears.
Xenogears was the first entry of the Xeno series, which is well-known nowadays for Xenoblade. However, unlike the rest of the games, Square Enix owns Xenogears, making the idea of a remake a curious one. Other Xeno games include the Xenosaga entries, which weren’t exactly significant commercial successes. Xenoblade on the Wii is when the franchise started to grow in popularity, especially in the West.
You can listen to the official lute cover of “A Distant Promise” from Xenogears below:
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