Bandai Namco Europe has announced that it has created a music label for game soundtracks.
Earlier this month, the company released the soundtrack for elden ring in transmission. Spanning over three hours, the 67-track album features music composed by a variety of From Software veterans, with contributions from Tsukasa Saitoh, Shoi Miyazawa, Yuka Kitamura, Yoshimi Kudo, and Tai Tomisawa.
Bandai Namco’s second release is the RPG soundtrack. tales of getting upwhich is now also available on a variety of streaming services.
“Since the earliest video games and throughout the history of the industry, music has always been a core component of the gaming experience,” reads a press release from Bandai Namco. “Music made gaming memories last longer and followed gamers through their daily lives with amazing soundtracks to go back and relive the stories they played.”
“We strive to delight our fans with more than just gaming, which is why we decided to bring video game music to as many listeners as possible.”
Banda Namco’s decision to release its soundtracks outside of the original games comes after a series of calls for Nintendo to do something similar.
A YouTuber had to remove more than a dozen soundtracks from his channel after Nintendo filed a series of copyright notices against him. “Many of those soundtracks have never had official releases. It’s frustrating, but like I said before, it’s ultimately your choice to block your music on the platform,” they wrote.
Another YouTuber removed his channel entirely after receiving over 1,300 notices.
they also had Nintendo asked to “put your soundtracks on Spotify and/or other music streaming services” in 2019. “Namco, Square, Capcom and others have already seen the light, when will you?” but as it stands, it’s still impossible to legally listen to a lot of Nintendo’s music outside of its games.
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