Hitoshi Sakimoto

Composer / Arranger
Whether it's the early sounds of gaming from the 1980s or the live orchestral scores for some of today’s biggest gaming franchises, Hitoshi Sakimoto is recognized as an industry pioneer who’s helped shape the face of videogame music. Best known for his work on FINAL FANTASY XII, FINAL FANTASY TACTICS, and the VALKYRIA CHRONICLES series, Sakimoto has worked on over 180 projects ranging from videogames, animated series, and independent album releases.

Starting his videogame career at age 16, Sakimoto got his first break with the soundtrack to REVOLTER and for his custom-developed sound driver, TERPSIPHOREAN, which was implemented into many Japanese games in the early 1990s. He scored many games as a freelance artist, including OGRE BATTLE, LEGAIA 2: DUEL SAGA, TEKKEN ADVANCE, and RADIANT SILVERGUN. He also scored FINAL FANTASY TACTICS, with long-time collaborator Masaharu Iwata during this time. Throughout the 1990s, Sakimoto worked with and briefly was a member of the sound team at Squaresoft where he worked on VAGRANT STORY.

Due to the demand for Sakimoto’s signature sound, in 2002, Sakimoto struck out on his own and formed his music studio, Basiscape, which has quickly become one of the largest independent videogame music production companies in Japan. As a studio, Basiscape has worked on numerous titles including ODIN SPHERE, TACTICS OGRE, MURAMASA, TEKKEN 6, and CARAVAN STORIES. They’ve also contributed to arrangement albums for the MEGA MAN and ETRIAN ODYSSEY series. Sakimoto has also continued to score several games independently as well, including FINAL FANTASY XII, GRADIUS V, DRAGON’S CROWN, and many more. His work in Japanese animation includes ROMEO x JULIET, TOWER OF DRUAGA, and the VALKYRIA CHRONICLES animated series.

Basiscape features the talents of Miki Ito, Mitsuhiro Kaneda, Masaaki Kaneko, Yukinori Kikuchi, Yoshimi Kudo, and Rikako Watanabe.

Miki Ito Mitsuhiro Kaneda Masaaki Kaneko Yukinori Kikuchi Yoshimi Kudo Rikako Watanabe

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Selected Videogame Credits
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (2020) – Composer (feat. Basiscape)
Valkyria Chronicles 4 (2019) – Composer
EarthNight (2019) – Guest Composer (feat. Basiscape)
CARAVAN STORIES (2018) – Composer (feat. Basiscape)
SUPERBEAT XONiC (2018) – Additional Music (feat. Basiscape)
TERRA BATTLE II (2017) – Guest Composer
FINAL FANTASY XII: THE ZODIAC AGE (2017) – Composer, Arranger
GRAND KINGDOM (2016) – Composer
Chaos Dragon (2016 – Composer (feat. Basiscape)
ODIN SPHERE LEIFTHRASIR (2016) – Composer (feat. Basiscape)
Dragon’s Crown (2015) – Composer
TERRA BATTLE (2014) – Guest Composer
25th Anniversary Rockman Techno Arrange Ver. (2012) – Arranger
25th Anniversary Rockman Rock Arrange Ver. (2012) – Arranger
Crimsonshroud (2012) – Composer (feat. Basiscape)
Grand Knights History (2011) – Composer (feat. Basiscape)
Valkyria Chronicles 3 (2011) – Composer
Opoona (2010) – Composer (feat. Basiscape)
Tactics Ogre: Unmei no Wa (2010) – Composer (feat. Basiscape)
Lord of Vermilion II (2010) – Composer
Valkyria Chronicles 2 (2010) – Composer
Kumatanchi (2009) – Composer (feat. Basiscape)
Muramasa (2009) – Composer (feat. Basiscape)
Tekken 6 (2009) – Composer (feat. Basiscape)
Valkyria Chronicles (2008) – Composer
Deltora Quest Seven Jewels (2007) – Composer
Final Fantasy Tactics A2 (2007) – Composer
Odin Sphere (2007) – Composer (feat. Basiscape)
ASH: Archaic Sealed Heat (2007) – Composer
Wizardry Gaiden (2007) – Composer
Final Fantasy XII (2006) – Composer
Stella Deus (2004) – Composer
GRADIUS V (2004) – Composer
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (2003) – Composer
Breath of Fire V (2002) – Composer
Legaia Duel Saga (2002) – Composer
Vagrant Story (2000) – Composer
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber (1999) – Composer
Radiant Silvergun (1998) – Composer
Blood Roar (1997) – Composer
Treasure Hunter G (1996) – Composer
Cho Aniki Show II (1996) – Composer
Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together (1995) – Composer
Sword Maniac (1993) – Composer
Ogre Battle (1993) – Composer

Anime Credits
TEKKEN BLOOD VENGEANCE (2011) – Composer, Arranger
The Tower of Druaga ~The Sound of URUK~ (2010) – Composer, Arranger
Valkyria Chronicles TV Animation (2009) – Composer, Arranger
The Tower of Druaga ~the Recovery of Babylim~ (2009) – Composer
Romeo x Juliet (2008) – Composer, Arranger
GUNSLINGER GIRL -IL TEATRINO (2008) – Composer, Arranger
GUNSLINGER GIRL SONORO (2007) – Composer, Arranger