The Nintendo Switch’s launch year wrapped up with the release of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Monolith Soft’s sequel to the original JRPG on Wii, which quickly became a million-seller in its first month on store shelves. Telling the tale of Rex and Pyra on their fabled journey to Elysium, their quest was backed by an incredible soundtrack led by Yasunori Mitsuda—featuring ACE, Anúna, and Manami Kiyota—and it’s receiving a dedicated CD collection in Japan on May 23.
To embittered Nintendo music fans, this would ordinarily mean it’s yet another OST that won’t be coming West. Not this time, however, as the music of Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will be available globally the same day!
The 105-track anthology of Xenoblade 2 is being distributed in Japan by Procyon Studio Ltd., who have announced on Facebook that the soundtrack “will [also] be digitally distributed in countries that have sales of the game itself” on May 23. While it will forego streaming services like Spotify, the OST will be distributed worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play Music, with higher resolution versions available on e-onkyo music, mora, music.jp, and RecoChoku for 4500 円 (approximately $40 USD).
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will mark the first ever international release of a Nintendo game’s complete soundtrack from Nintendo themselves outside of Japan. The company has long been reluctant to break into digital music distribution in the West—in stark contrast to the likes of SEGA, Ubisoft, and The Pokémon Company, among others—but it looks like their stance is finally changing for the better.
We first saw Nintendo dipping their toes when Super Mario Odyssey saw a digital Sound Selection release in December, and now that we’re getting a full-scale music collection from one of 2017’s best Nintendo games, we can only hope they’ll keep the ball rolling with musical scores for games old and new. It’s easy money!
Mitsuda noted during development that the Xenoblade sequel’s soundtrack moved him to the point of tears, but what about you? Will you be buying the OST when it drops? What were your favorite tracks from the game? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.