Nobuo Uematsu, the legendary composer on games that include the Final Fantasy series, Chrono Trigger, Hanjuku Hero, and a number of other major RPGs over the years, has revealed in his blog that he will be taking some time out due to poor health and apologizes to his fans and clients, in hopes that they will understand his need to have some quiet time.
In November 2016, Nobuo Uematsu was the guest composer on Final Fantasy XV where he worked together with vocalist Emiko Suzuki in the expansion’s theme song “Choosing Hope.”
Although Uematsu didn’t go into detail about what lead to his illness, he did state that “his days have been hectic” and that “has finally caught up with me, and I find it mentally and physically difficult to go on at my current pace.”
In his blog, Uematsu explains:
“I have decided to take an extended leave of absence and give my mind and body the time they need to properly mend. If I am to return, I want to do so in full health. Do not worry. Once I’ve made a full recovery, I’ll be back doing what I do best. My current plan is to rest for the remainder of the year, and while I cannot commit to a method or time frame for my return, I’m very hopeful. I deeply apologize for the burden this decision places upon both my fans and my clients, and hope that you can understand and support the path I have chosen.”
We wish Nobuo Uematsu a fast and healthy recovery, and hope to see him back on his feet soon.