Nobuo Uematsu Out of Final Fantasy VII Remake

(By Matthew James)
Possibly the greatest and most revered videogame music composer of all time, Nobuo Uematsu will not be involved in the remake of the game whose soundtrack he made iconic.

One of the most indelible memories of the original Final Fantasy for the Sony Playstation in 1997 was the game’s sweeping score, including countless memorable pieces such as the heartbreaking “Aerith’s Theme” and “One-Winged Angel.” The score would be the first world-renowned score ever for a videogame, spawning countless orchestral remakes and eventually a full-fledged global concert tour. The score for Final Fantasy VII would even become nominated as one of the greatest classical recordings of all time.

It is not clear if he has been approached by Square for the project or who would compose the soundtrack for the remake, which Square Enix stressed is not just a simple remaster of the original PlayStation RPG.

The backlash online has been swift as numerous Reddit posters as well as members on the Square Enix boards have been vociferous in the lack of Nobuo Uematsu’s inclusion with the game. In fact it’s almost unfathomable to think of Final Fantasy VII without the music from Nobuo Uematsu himself.

Regardless of who will composer the game’s score, it’s expected to be the Playstation 4’s first truly killer app, which has recently been revealed to be a multi-part series.

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