Phantasy Star IV
Image: Sega

Earlier this year, Ship to Shore PhonoCo. started selling the first three Phantasy Star soundtracks (I, II, and III) through its website, and now it appears that it is finally time for it to give Phantasy Star IV the same treatment.

Sega released Phantasy Star IV for the Mega Drive in late 1993. The game was set 1000 years after Phantasy Star II and 1000 years before Phantasy Star III and followed a story about an impending ecocrisis caused by an evil cult leader named Zio. Phantasy Star III composer Izuho Numata returned to create the score, alongside fellow Sega musician Masaki Nakagaki.

The description of the soundtrack reads:

"Considered by many to be one of the greatest RPG games in existence, Phantasy Star IV has continued to entrance players for three decades, with many citing the memorable soundtrack as being the reason The End Of The Millennium is now firmly entrenched in the joy centres of their brain.

"Driving the action forward, composers Izuho Numata and Masaki Nakagaki layer the soundtrack with an almost playful exuberance, every track retaining its own identity throughout its running time. Complex melodies and infectious basslines permeate the soundscape creating a remarkably enjoyable experience even for those who haven’t played the game; it’s a score that won’t leave your head - or your record player - for days and as such is a must for VGM enthusiasts, particularly of the 16-bit era!"

You can find the full track listing below:

Side A

  • The End of the Millenium
  • Motavia Town
  • Field Motavia
  • Suspicion
  • In the Cave
  • Meet them Head-On
  • Winners!
  • Defeat at a Blow!
  • Inn
  • Now On Sale
  • Motavia Village
  • Terrible Sight
  • Thray

Side B

  • Tonoe de pon
  • Jijy no rag
  • A Happy Settlement
  • PS1 Dungeon Arrange
  • Fal
  • Behind the Circuit
  • Organic beat
  • The Black Blood
  • Laughter
  • Red Alert
  • Pain

Side C

  • Machine Center
  • Land Master AXV-25
  • Cybernetic carnival
  • PS1 Dungeon Arrange 2
  • Her last breath
  • Take off!
  • Dezoris field 1
  • Dezoris town 1
  • Dezoris town 2
  • King of Terrors
  • Dezoris de don
  • Requiem for Lutz

Side D

  • Temple Ngangbius
  • Dezoris field 2
  • Tower
  • The Age of Fables
  • Ryucross Field
  • Edge of Darkness
  • Abyss
  • Ooze
  • The Promising Future 1
  • The Promising Future 2
  • Staff Roll

If you want to grab your own copy, you can pre-order it now from the Ship to Shore PhonoCo. website. It costs $40 and comes as a double LP with an additional 8-page booklet with liner notes from Retronauts’ Jeremy Parish. That's in addition to including some rare artwork from deep inside Sega's archives. It's expected to ship Q2 of 2023.

Are you going to pick up a copy? Let us know in the comments!