Soul Sacrifice is a pretty bonkers game. The title – designed to capitalise on the Monster Hunter craze – sees you forgoing body parts in exchange for more powerful weapons. With that premise in mind, the release always demanded a crazy soundtrack – and publisher Sony turned to one of the best composers in the business to make that possible, Yasunori Mitsuda.

Mitsuda is arguably best known for his work on Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross, but more recently he collaborated on Xenoblade Chronicles and Kid Icarus: Uprising. Thankfully, the score for Soul Sacrifice sounds like it’s going to live up to the musician’s already exceptionally high standards.

The soundtrack mixes traditional orchestral motifs with soaring guitar riffs, resulting in a pretty novel sound. “This was the very first battle music I composed, and I focused on making sure it fit the fighting theme of Soul Sacrifice,” the composer told the PlayStation Blog.

“The battle style in this game is different from traditional RPGs and action games where the battles are not instantaneous, but rather extensive and you fight for a longer period of time. So, in order to match these dramatic sequences, I concentrated on adding many different elements to each piece in order to create an exciting musical composition.”

[via blog.eu.playstation.com]