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Final Fantasy XIV Soundtrack "Before Meteor" Now on Pre-Order

FFXIV OST now for preorder @ $49.99 Blu-Ray disc only. It is unclear whether or not it is region-locked.

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If there’s one thing Final Fantasy gets right pretty much every time, it’s the music.

With the continuing success of the hush-hush beta for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Square Enix has already taken the next step and begun taking pre-orders for the FFXIV soundtrack on their official store website.

With a price tag of $49.99 USD, the soundtrack entitled “Before Meteor – Final Fantasy XIV Original Soundtrack” includes over 104 tracks and clocks in at over 5 hours of music. Not surprising, considering it includes all of the music from the original 1.0 release, plus a newly remastered 5.1 surround sound version of the “End of an Era” trailer where rocks fall, everyone dies, and which closed version 1.0 forever in order to start anew in A Realm Reborn.

For those planning to play after relaunch of FFXIV, an exclusive in-game minion, Wind-Up Dalamud, is included in the purchase of the soundtrack. The code for Dalumud will not be available until after the relaunch in August, and you will have until December 2014 to redeem it.

There are several things to keep in mind before you start throwing your money at the screen. As per the NA Square Enix store page:

  • Please note that this soundtrack is not a CD. A Blu-Ray disc player is required.
  • Owners of a Blu-Ray-compatible computer drive will be able to retrieve mp3 versions of all the tracks.
  • Please note that this is a Japanese import soundtrack disc.

Well that’s new. And a little confusing. I guess it’s not a bad thing that they’re trying out new formats for soundtracks to come with, but I have never been a fan of music DVDs in the past. They generally include no accompanying visuals, and a still graphic for five hours while (most) home entertainment systems need to keep their TVs on in order to listen.

Furthermore, what exactly does “this is a Japanese import soundtrack disc” mean? Since it’s posted up in English in the NA Square Enix store, can I take it as read that it is region free and playable on a North American Blu-Ray player? If so, that last bullet only muddles the message. Is it region 2 and most fans are essentially left with a $50 paperweight? Why sell it on the North American site in that case?

If you ask me, hold out on this purchase until they’re a little clearer on the facts. Or if regions aren’t a problem to you and you’ve got no issues with the proposed format, you can find the FFXIV soundtrack preorder page here.

Originally Published Jun. 25th 2013

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  • 36
    Jamie K 1 year ago
    Featured Contributor
    This is an interesting release. 104 songs makes the price worth it, if you have nothing else to spend $50 bucks on I suppose. Little too steep for me. If you could purchase different packages that came with less, I would have been more interested.
    Last edited 1 year ago
  • 60
    GabrielKross 1 year ago
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    It is not a region locked disc, however, the A Realm Reborn bonus in game minion is likely locked.
  • 36
    Jamie K 1 year ago
    Featured Contributor
    Oh? How did you find out it wasn't a region locked disc?
  • 60
    GabrielKross 1 year ago
    Featured Columnist
    the other article links to a japanese site. I'll get you the link in a sec to the other article.
  • 60
    GabrielKross 1 year ago
    Featured Columnist
    http://www.gameskinny.com/l5vng/coming-to-a-blu-ray-near-youfinal-fantasy-xiv-soundtrack is the other article the end has a link to a Japanese distribution site that states the disc isn't region coded. However Square Enix wouldn't put it in the english site store if it was. The Japanese have their own version of the Square Enix site. (I believe it ends in .jp instead of .com it's been awhile since I was in Japan so don't remember the actual site url)
  • 56
    Stephanie Tang 1 year ago
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    Thanks for help clearing it up. It still makes for a confusing sell, and I am not wholly enthused about extra perks that they'll advertise but not specify whether or not are region-locked.

    That they mention it at all makes me suspect that they will be available for NA players, but I would still caution waiting. It's not like they're going anywhere.
  • 60
    GabrielKross 1 year ago
    Featured Columnist
    Well I don't believe they mentioned the add-ons for western fans, I believe it was advertised to Japanese fans and wasasked by western fans if there would be a western release. No straight answer was given, I wish I had saved it, didn't think I'd need to.
  • 56
    Stephanie Tang 1 year ago
    Featured Columnist
    It says on the NA product page that it's available in the first press run.
  • 36
    Jamie K 1 year ago
    Featured Contributor
    Thanks!