Today, Fox shared a Tweet alongside the new trailer and announced that he had composed the game’s field theme. According to Fox, Game Freak arranged a draft of his composition into various versions that will play throughout the game.
While the instrumentation doesn’t sound particularly Undertale-esque, bits of his signature musical style can still be heard in the trailer below.
I had the honor of composing the field music for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet! After creating a concept sketch, Game Freak arranged it into many versions that you’ll hear throughout the game. You can hear a bit of it in this trailer… https://t.co/dhjv4e9fQN
— tobyfox (@tobyfox) June 1, 2022
He’ll also be composing a few other songs for the games. This isn’t the first time Fox has composed a track for a Pokémon game — he put together a battle theme for 2019’s Sword and Shield, though today’s news marks a bigger step into the world of Pokémon music for Fox. “This time, my music is not optional!!!” he said via a reply.
Fox’s composing skills were originally recognized thanks to the success of the Undertale and Deltarune soundtracks, the former of which we called “excellent” in our game review. Since its release in 2015, Undertale’s music has become so iconic that even the Pope has even heard a track from Undertale.
More info about Pokémon Scarlet and Violet was announced today, including new Pokemon (such as the already beloved Lechonk) and a brand new 4-player co-op mode. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will be released on November 18, 2022.
Amelia Zollner is a freelance writer at IGN. Find them on Twitter: @ameliazollner.