Final Fantasy composer doesn’t have ‘physical or mental strength’ to score full game again

Nobuo Uematsu’s work is synonymous with Final Fantasy (Picture: Square Enix)

Famed composer Nobuo Uematsu doesn’t believe he’ll return to score an entire game again, as he doesn’t have the strength to go ‘full throttle’.

While he’s worked on many gaming franchises over the years, composer Nobuo Uematsu is best known for his Final Fantasy scores.

Uematsu was the sole composer on the first nine Final Fantasy games, but has collaborated with others on later entries. For both Final Fantasy 7 Remake and its upcoming sequel Rebirth, he provided only the main themes, with the rest of the soundtrack created by a variety of composers.

While it’s likely he’ll return to compose the main theme for the final instalment in the remake trilogy, Uematsu has stated that he doesn’t believe he’ll ever create a score for a full game again.

‘As far as Final Fantasy is concerned, I’m still involved by writing the main themes for the games. But I don’t think I’ll compose music for a whole game again,’ said Uematsu.

‘You would have to give it full throttle for two or three years. And I don’t think I have the physical and mental strength to do it anymore.’

‘I think I’d rather use the time I have left to work on other projects that I love. Such as compositions like Merregnon or my band Uematsu Nobuo conTIKI,’ he told German website Zeit Online (via VGC).

Uematsu is currently promoting his latest orchestral work Merregnon: Heart Of Ice, which blends music with fantasy fiction. His last full game soundtrack was 2021 Apple Arcade title Fantasian.

Speaking in an interview from 2021, his long-time collaborator Hironobu Sakaguchi suggested Uematsu’s work on Fantasian could be his last full game soundtrack, due to health issues.

‘I think he kind of hinted that Fantasian is maybe the last game that he does from end to end in terms of scoring an entire soundtrack,’ Sakaguchi said.

As for the follow-up to Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, it was recently suggested that the next game could be four years away.

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