Since Final Fantasy creator and Mistwalker studio head Hironobu Sakaguchi finally took the lid off of Fantasian, an incredible-looking Apple Arcade RPG that uses real-life dioramas for its environments, he’s been talking with various outlets about the grandiose undertaking. However, in an interview with MobileSyrup, he had one mildly concerning thing to say. Sakaguchi expressed that Fantasian composer Nobuo Uematsu, whose legendary work has also defined the sound of the Final Fantasy series, might be finished with composing full soundtracks now that Fantasian is done.
“I think (Nobuo Uematsu) kind of hinted that Fantasian is maybe the last game that he does from end to end in terms of scoring an entire soundtrack,” said Sakaguchi, adding that Fantasian “might be his last record.” He does believe Uematsu will continue with individual song contributions to various games though, as he did with “Hollow,” the main theme for Final Fantasy VII Remake.
At first, due to health challenges Uematsu has been facing, Sakaguchi said it was unclear if the composer would even be able to contribute to Fantasian, but he ultimately delivered a full 60-piece orchestrated soundtrack. Speaking of Uematsu’s work on the Fantasian soundtrack, Sakaguchi concluded, “On a positive note, he poured his heart and soul into it. For me, when I heard it, it almost made me tear up a little bit, because it was a very big moment in both of our careers.”
Nobuo Uematsu has composed several of the greatest video game soundtracks ever, often for Sakaguchi games, so he’s certainly earned a rest. It will be sad if Uematsu really is done composing full soundtracks though.