Legendary video game composer Nobuo Uematsu has announced he will be taking a hiatus due to health concerns. His break was announced via his official blog.
In his blog entry, Uematsu writes:
From composing new works to holding concerts around the world, my days have been hectic, yet fulfilling. The resulting fatigue, however, has finally caught up with me, and I find it mentally and physically difficult to go on at my current pace. After giving serious consideration to all options, 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.
Uematsu will be taking the rest of 2018 off to rest and recharge. Although the composer has not detailed his health concerns, it’s not difficult to believe touring fatigue has taken a toll on his lifestyle. He has not announced if he will return to music in 2019 at this time. “Once I’ve made a full recovery, I’ll be back doing what I do best,” he writes.
Nobuo Uematsu has been a composer working under Square Enix since 1985, pre-Enix merge. He’s contributed scores to a bulk of the Final Fantasy series, in addition to Chrono Trigger, Blue Dragon, and Lost Odyssey. Uematsu is responsible for the main theme of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Most recently, he contributed pieces for Final Fantasy XV: Comrades and Defender’s Quest II, alongside Kevin Penkin. Uematsu is also responsible for Dog Ear Records, a music production company that digitally distributes video game soundtracks and original albums. The label’s last release was 2013’s prog-rock/metal album Dancing Dad, composed by Nobuo Uematsu & Earthbound Papas.
Nintendo Enthusiast would like to wish Nobuo Uematsu a peaceful recovery.
Kevin Cortez is a music journalist with bylines at Genius, Ambrosia for Heads, Mass Appeal and EARMILK. He plays video games in his spare time.