Hitoshi Sakimoto (崎元 仁, Sakimoto Hitoshi?) is a famous video game music composer. He began his career in music as a freelance composer, working with synthesizer drivers. In his early works, he would write out his name as YmoH.S., as a nod to his favorite electropop band Yellow Magic Orchestra.
Sakimoto began his video game music career along with longtime friend, Masaharu Iwata. Their friendship had started even before his joining to Square, when they would compose musical scores for the video game company Quest. With Quest assimilated into Square, Yasumi Matsuno, a well-known developer of Quest, approached him and Iwata to compose the musical score for Final Fantasy Tactics.
With the success of Final Fantasy Tactics, Matsuno again employed the duo to compose the soundtrack for Vagrant Story. After the release of Vagrant Story, Sakimoto bowed out of Square to found his own soundtrack composition company, Basiscape. Iwata would join Sakimoto in Basiscape, along with other composers, to create soundtrack for various media.
However, Matsuno would again call for Sakimoto and Iwata to compose for two of his works: Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and their last collaboration, Final Fantasy XII, both games that takes place in Ivalice. Since then, the three names have been synonymous with works pertaining to Matsuno's world, Ivalice. The release of Final Fantasy XII increased the demand for Basiscape and since then helped the company expand their profile.
In 2006, Sakimoto composed and produced the album "Colors of Life" with Lia. Yukiko Mitsui, who worked on the Final Fantasy Tactics soundtrack, wrote the lyrics for the album. Sakimoto arranged most of the tracks, along with Yutaka Kumada.
He mentioned in the Final Fantasy XII Ultimania that his 20 favorite scores are the music in the Great Crystal, the Zertinan Caverns, Nalbina Fortress Underground Prison, Quiet Determination, the Golmore Jungle, Jules theme, the Giza Plains nomad village, the Mosphoran Highwaste, Desperate Fight, Boss Battle, Penelo's Theme, Ashe's Theme, Nalbina Fortress Town Ward, the Cerobi Steppe, the Old Archades, the Mandragora Battle Theme, the Dalmasca Estersand, the Final Boss Theme, Theme of the Empire, and, his most favorite, the Opening Theme.
Musical Works within the series
- Final Fantasy Tactics (1997)
- Vagrant Story (2000)
- Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (2003)
- Final Fantasy XII (2006)
- Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (2007)
- Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions (2007)
- Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift (2007)
- Crystal Defenders (2009)
- Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (2017)
Hitoshi Sakimoto has given an interview on his works for Final Fantasy XII.
- Official site
- Twitter account
- Basiscape Official site
- Hitoshi Sakimoto at IMDb
- Hitoshi Sakimoto at RAWG.io