GlobalJ-pop superstar KENSHI YONEZU has announced his new track “TSUKI WO MITEITA – MOONGAZING” will be the official theme song to FINAL FANTASY XVI, the highly-anticipated new video game and sixteenth installment in Square Enix’s iconic franchise.
Originally announced live during Sony Interactive Entertainment’s State of Play video broadcast, the news was revealed alongside a teaser video of the forthcoming game featuring a snippet of Yonezu’s theme that can be heard over the game’s storyline footage and new character introductions. Both an avid gamer and a huge fan of the franchise, Kenshi Yonezu wrote “Tsuki Wo Miteita – Moongazing” specifically for the new video game, which is set to debut on Thursday, June 22, for the PlayStation 5.
Of the track, KENSHI YONEZU says, “Words cannot express the impact Final Fantasy has had on my life. I never thought or imagined that I would ever receive an opportunity like this. I wrote this song especially for this game. Thank you.”
“When I found out that we’d be able to work with Yonezu-san, I was not only surprised, but overjoyed,” adds NAOKI YOSHIDA, a producer of Final Fantasy XVI. “I’m a big fan of Yonezu’s work, and I know that he has a passion for creating music that resonates across the generations, so I was sure that he’d be able to capture the world, the story, and the themes of FFXVI. He’s not only an amazing artist, but also an avid gamer and an FF fan, so please look forward to hearing his theme song!”
In addition to announcing his new theme song, Yonezu has unveiled a series of never-before-seen artist photos, which together comprise a visual story embodying the sublime vibe of the track. The photos were taken by videographer, film director, and photographer Tomokazu Yamada, who produced Yonezu’s music video for his breakout single “Lemon,” which recently reached 800 million views, as well as the visual for his latest single “LADY”.