Back in the summer, Square Enix trademarked “Rise of Mana” in Japan and Europe. Now, a new Christmas album provides even more evidence that the company plans to revive the series in some way (outside of Circle of Mana, a Japan-only mobile game that released in March).
X’mas Collections II: Music from Square Enix includes a track that the album says is from Seiken Densetsu (Future Project); Seiken Densetsu is the Japanese name of the Mana franchise, so there’s no mistaking the implications here. The song is titled “Where the Heart Beats Free,” and its composer is listed as Yoko Shimomura, best known for her work on the Kingdom Hearts series. She’s also worked on Legend of Mana and Heroes of Mana in the past, and she’s currently a freelance composer, so her association with an upcoming Mana title would make sense.
The album, which released November 27th, includes Christmas remixes from several classic Square Enix games, including Yuzo Koshiro’s arrangement of Rydia’s theme from Final Fantasy IV and a medley of “The Crystal Tower,” “Town of Water,” and “Go Above the Clouds!” from Final Fantasy III.