Famed Final Fantasy Composer, Nobuo Uematsu, Taking Extended Leave Of Absense

The man behind some of the most recognizable video game music of all time has decided to take an indefinite break from composing new songs and taking part in concerts around the world. That’s right, Nobuo Uematsu joined Square way back in 1985 and made a huge splash with the Final Fantasy games on the Famicom (NES). When the Super NES rolled around he really flexed his creative muscles and created some of the best music heard on the console. He kept pushing things even more with the PlayStation with games like Final Fantasy VII where compositions like One Winged Angel are still revered to this day.

All of this nonstop work has finally caught up to him and he’s decided to take a break from it all. We wish him the best of luck in recovery and look forward to hearing more from him in the future! Get well soon!


To My Dearest Fans,

Since the establishment of Dog Ear Records, I have found myself blessed with countless opportunities. 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.

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.

I thank you all for your continued support and only ask that you are patient until I’m on my feet once again!


Nobuo Uematsu

Dog Ear Records Co., Ltd.


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Craig Majaski

Craig has been covering the video game industry since 1995. His work has been published across a wide spectrum of media sites. He's currently the Editor-In-Chief of Nintendo Times and contributes to Gaming Age.

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