Legendary Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu has announced that he will be taking a hiatus due to poor health.

On his blog, Uematsu states that he needs a break due to his current condition. He states:

The resulting fatigue, however, has 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.

The famed composer did not provide a time frame regarding when he plans on returning, or if he even plans on returning. At the very least, he will be taking a break for the rest of 2018, and beyond that, he is unsure but “very hopeful.”

He founded a new label called Dog Ear Records in 2006, which is known for publishing video game soundtracks. In his blog post, he cited his work with the record label as part of the cause for his current fatigue.

Uematsu is best known for his work on the Final Fantasy series. He has composed all of the soundtracks for most of the main series, all except for Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XV. He has also worked on the music for other notable titles, such as Lost Odyssey, Chrono Trigger, and Blue Dragon.

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