For years now Final Fantasy soundtracks have featured songs from myriad genres of music, but a recent addition to Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward has opened up a bit of controversy. Powerman 5000, an industrial rock band, has alleged the song composed by Masayoshi Soken is “uninspired theft” of their song “When Worlds Collide.”
Responding to this allegation, Final Fantasy XIV director and producer Naoki Yoshida took to the official forums with a statement (full version here):
“Industrial rock is a popular genre that can be further divided into numerous sub-genres. Countless songs from these genres have been released worldwide, and I have been made aware of an allegation regarding similarities between an existing track and the track created for the 2nd phase of Containment Bay S1T7. However, track composer Masayoshi Soken, has also stated to me that he was unaware of the track in question while working on this FINAL FANTASY track.”
What say you? Is this a case of unimaginitive theft or unimaginitive opportunism? Sound off in the comments below!