Square Enix have announced that a new Kingdom Hearts soundtrack is to be released. The soundtrack, called the Kingdom Hearts 10th Anniversary Fan Selection -Melodies & Memories-, will be released in Japan on September 19, 2012 for a price of ¥3,500 (approximately US$43.65). Square Enix have also created a page for the soundtrack on their e-STORE.
The track listing of the soundtrack will be decided by fans! In order to vote for what songs you want to appear on the soundtrack, you can visit the soundtrack's official website and select the song there. The voting period is between June 22, 2012 and July 8, 2012. You can actually have a listen to a sample of every single Kingdom Hearts song from the website, so we highly recommend that you check it out and vote!
Update 1: SQEX.INFO have translated Yoko Shimomura's comments regarding the soundtrack, and these comments can be read below.
For always playing the Kingdom Hearts games, and then listening to the soundtracks, thank you so much.
So! To commemorate the 10th anniversary, this project will contain the best tracks of the Kingdom Hearts series. Plus, we’ll be recording the songs chosen by you guys! I’m happy about it, but I’m also super nervous.
Which songs will be chosen? Which songs will unfortunately be chosen? Lol.
To everyone who has played every game up until now, to those who own all the existing soundtracks, and to those who are thinking about buying this soundtrack, now is you chance to recommend which songs you want to hear.
Each and every one of your voices is important to me, this project was implemented with you in mind. I’d be overjoyed if you can find time to participate in the voting.
I’m really, already overfilled with emotions about this.
Thank you everyone, for always supporting me!
Update 2: Amazon.co.jp have created a pre-order page for the soundtrack.
Update 3: The official website for the soundtrack has been updated with the voting results so far. Currently, the following 10 songs are leading. Voting will remain open until July 8.
1. Roxas (KINGDOM HEARTS II)
2. Hikari/Simple and Clean -KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version- (KINGDOM HEARTS)
3. Musique pour la tristesse de Xion (KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days)
4. Vector to the Heavens (KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days)
5. The Other Promise (KINGDOM HEARTS II FINAL MIX)
6. Ventus (KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep)
7. Dearly Beloved (KINGDOM HEARTS)
8. Passion/Sanctuary -KINGDOM Orchestra Instrumental Version- (KINGDOM HEARTS II)
9. Fate of the Unknown (KINGDOM HEARTS II FINAL MIX)
10. The 13th Struggle (KINGDOM HEARTS II)
Update 4: Yoko Shimomura has Tweeted to announce that the master recording for the 10th anniversary soundtrack is complete. Our translator goldpanner has translated these Tweets, and they can be read below.
I agonised over the track order this time (´Д｀ The silence between tracks, too... Anyway, 'Dearly Beloved' ranked 5th lol it's a tune blessed with so much love, truly (；▽；)