I wish every bit of news I threw out here was great, but this one not so much. For folks like me that grew up with those older Final Fantasy games, we’re familiar with the name Nobuo Uematsu. The longtime composer for Square is now on an indefinite hiatus from his work due to health issues.
For those that may not be familiar with Uematsu, he has been a longtime composer for the majority of the Final Fantasy games in the main series except for FFXIII and FFXV. He’s also composed for various other RPG titles such as Chrono Trigger and Blue Dragon.
The 59-year-old Uematsu announced that he will no longer be continuing work for the rest of 2018, and he is unsure when he will be returning to in 2019. He’s declined to state the nature of his illness in his blog, saying that as soon as he’s fully recovered, he intends to continue his work.
As a longtime fan of the series and as someone who has quite a bit of his work on my iPod… here’s hoping he has an excellent recovery.