Nobuo Uematsu has been writing game music for decades and has recently been touring the world for the Final Fantasy Orchestra. However, it seems that all of that working has finally caught up with him. In his own personal blog, the legendary game music posted a message to fans in both English and Japanese. There, he stated that he’s taking the rest of the year off to recover.

Here is his message in English:

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.

Well, he does deserve that break after all these years of service, right Final Fantasy fans? Get well soon Maestro!