What makes a good video game? That is the question that has started many debates over the years. Some say graphics, others say story, others feel gameplay reigns supreme, and many feel that it’s a combination of those and other factors that led to great games. Something that is missed at times though is music. Music has helped define many video games and video game franchises. A great example of this is composer Nobuo Uematsu. You may not know his name, but he’s the guy behind the music of numerous Final Fantasy titles.
This includes work on the most recent main title Final Fantasy XV, which had numerous great scores. However, his work will not be heard for a while, as he’s going on hiatus due to health issues. He outlined this on his blog:
“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.”
He notes that he wants to make music at “full health”, and makes sure to be clear that he wants to come back.
“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 hope everyone seeing this will wish Nobuo Uematsu a speedy recovery. His music will be missed in the meantime.