No, not the Christian theological concept, though the origins of said concept are mildly interesting. I’m talking about this, which is claimed to be an outtake track from Final Fantasy X:
Supposedly, these two minutes of badassery were intended as a final boss theme, but was replaced by the incoherent piano mess used in the actual game. (Which, if true, really kind of sums up everything about that game, doesn’t it?)
But two things make me suspicious. First, the instrument quality is notably lower than the game, especially when it starts referencing “Hymn of the Fayth” at around 1:25. That might be because it’s a draft and they were planning to replace the instrument samples, or it could be because it’s a fanmade remix. The other, bigger, reason is that I can’t find any sources whatsoever on where it came from. It’s not on the tracklists for any of the soundtrack albums, none of the sites or YouTube videos that have it mention where they found it, so where’s it from? It’s possible it was extracted from dummied out game data or something, but that kind of belies the notion that it was a draft (since why would they have put it in the game before it was finished?) and I can’t imagine a AAA game released in 2001 using that SNES-calibre “waa” voice this does for “Hymn of the Fayth.”
If anyone has any sources on where it came from, let me know?
Regardless, it’s a really good track from or based on a shit game* that mostly has shit music. Enjoy!
*Well, okay. The gameplay actually has some notable improvements on past Final Fantasies–the sphere grid is a good balance between customizability and preventing the characters from being completely interchangeable, and the ability to swap characters out at will is nice. But there’s no excuse for still having random encounters in 2001 CE, none of the characters are remotely interesting, the story is a thematically incoherent, aimless meander through an arbitrary series of plot gates, and the voice acting on the English version is laughably terrible.