02-15-2010, 04:46 PM
Hi there,
I'm new to the forum and maybe this has been asked before but I couldn't find any relevant thread, I'm gonna ask anyway so bear with me!

The first trailer ever, to my knowledge, of FFVIII was this one:


Back in 1997, it was the size of a postal stamp but I thought it was awesome! And especially the music, wich to this day, I've been unable to identify.
Shazam couldn't help either...

So that's my question, do any of you know where it's from? I've heard the FFVIII OST and it's definately not there! Please help me solve this 13 years old mystery!

Any help appreciated, thanks!

02-15-2010, 04:53 PM
Yeah, we talked about this within the last year, and I remembering researching it. Let me try to dig up the thread...

02-15-2010, 04:53 PM
Well you're right about one thing it's definitely not from the FFVIII ost. Hmmm maybe they made that specifically for the trailer, and never released it. I don't know. Sorry I can't help.

Edit: Nice timing.

02-15-2010, 05:01 PM
Okay: Here's (Thread 67424) the old thread. The discussion doesn't really lend itself to a single quote, but here's the gist of what I found:

Well, what I can tell you is that this version of the prelude hasn't been released on any of the official albums. The use of vocals is similar to the FFXII version, but the chord changes here are different.

So unless this is an OCRemix that I'm not familiar with, my best guess is that this is an early, abandoned variation of the prelude that was written for the FFVIII soundtrack. Since there is a different (non-vocal) variation that appears at the end of the "Ending Theme" on the FFVIII OST, it might be the case that Uematsu was playing around with ways of changing the "Prelude" and came up with several ideas, this one included, that he or the game developers weren't satisfied with and cut from the final soundtrack.

In other words, I think the version we hear in this video may be the only available snippet of this piece of music. That's my best guess.

This is a long-standing question. Maybe somebody has a better answer by now. But that's all I could come up with. I remember I searched pretty thoroughly and no one could find it.

02-15-2010, 05:22 PM
Damn! I was hoping they had used some obscure theme from another JRPG... On the other hand, that would explain why it never surfaced for 13 years. This is sad news, to this day it still sounds awesome :[
Thanks for sharing what you knew about this anyway!

02-15-2010, 05:28 PM
what ever the music is uematsu also used it in an ffx trailer:


see 1:47

i have never heard it on any soundtrack.

02-15-2010, 05:51 PM
Then that probably makes it trailer music I guess.

02-16-2010, 06:36 PM
i made a rip of that music and it's actually good enough to post: