Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu is stepping away from the industry for a period of time so he can focus on improving his mental and physical health. In a blog post, Uematsu said he is taking an “extended leave of absence” to recover from what has been a hectic production schedule following the formation of his studio Dog Ear Records.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Uematsu said if he ever comes to back, he wants to do so “in full health.” While he used the word “if,” later in the blog post he said he expects to make a full recovery.
“Do not worry. Once I’ve made a full recovery, I’ll be back doing what I do best,” he explained. “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.”
Uematsu said he apologies for the “burden” that he believes his leave of absence puts on his fans and clients, adding that he hopes people understand that he has to do what’s best for his health and well being. “I thank you all for your continued support and only ask that you are patient until I’m on my feet once again,” he said.
Uematsu, who was born in 1959, is considered by some to be the John Williams of video games. For lots more, check out GameSpot’s interview and profile of Uematsu from 2009.