A little over a week ago, Legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu announced that he was not going to make a major concert event which was set to happen in October due to health issues. While Uematsu did manage to do a few events in August including Otakon, he recently announced that he will be taking the rest of the year off to deal with fatigue and health issues.

Best known for his work on the Final Fantasy series, Uematsu has worked on other titles in the last few decades including Chrono Trigger, Blue Dragon, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Fairy Fencer F, Terra Battle and was also working on the Final Fantasy VII Remake.

Here is the message direct from the man himself:

To My Dearest Fans,

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. 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.

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 thank you all for your continued support and only ask that you are patient until I’m on my feet once again!

Nobuo Uematsu

Dog Ear Records Co., Ltd.

Take a rest, you more than deserve it!