Nobuo Uematsu rarely needs an introduction and his musical pedigree speaks for itself. However, Uematsu could have made his last soundtrack with Fantasian – the new throwback RPG he’s making with longtime collaborator and Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi.
The news comes via an interview with Sakaguchi and Mobile Syrup (via VGC), where the Fantasian director said Uematsu will likely only be able to produce individual tracks of music like he’s been doing for years now, due to his ongoing health issues.
“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 said.
Despite his health issues, Uematsu managed to produce a massive 60-track orchestral soundtrack for Fantasian.
“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 added, noting that Fantasian “might be his last record.”
Uematsu has been working with Sakaguchi for over 30 years on a multitude of titles, starting with their tenure at Square, prior to its merger with Enix. Even after they both left Square, they have remained friends and frequent collaborators on Sakaguchi’s new projects.
“On a positive note, he poured his heart and soul into [Fantasian],” Sakaguchi said. “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.”
Fantasian launches 2021 for Mac, iOS (via Apple Arcade), and Apple TV. Read more on Fantasian in our previous report covering its new details, gameplay, and more.