Legendary Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu, known for his work on Final Fantasy, may have written his last full soundtrack.
In a statement by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, the 60-piece orchestrated soundtrack for Apple Arcade exclusive game Fantasian could be the final musical score composed by the "Beethoven of game music" due to health issues. It is likely that he will still contribute individual pieces in the future.
“Before we approached him to work on Fantasian, he was going through some health issues, and there were concerns if he was going to be able to compose everything or if was it even possible for him to work on this,” Sakaguchi told Mobile Syrup in an interview.
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"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, who has been collaborating with Uematsu over the past 35 years, adds. "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."
Uematsu also composed music for beloved games Chrono Trigger, Lost Odyssey, Terra Battle, and The Last Story. He was inducted into Classic FM's Hall of Fame in 2013.
He also previously performed in Singapore with 'Eyes On Me' singer Akiko Kawano and fellow video game music composers Tsutomu Narita, Yoshitaka Hirota, Michio Okamiya, and Chihiro Fujioka.
Fantasian is scheduled for release soon via Apple Arcade, the iOS gaming subscription service, which offers unlimited access to over 100 games for 4.99 USD/monthly.
Stream the Final Fantasy VII Remake soundtrack below.