In an interview, Final Fantasy 7 Remake producer Yoshinori Kitase has hinted that original composer Nobuo Uematsu may be returning to work on the project.
The interview was in a Japanese magazine article regarding the Final Fantasy VII: Brasso de Bravo musical event. The relevant clip was posted on Twitter by user aibo.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet tw-align-center” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”ja” dir=”ltr”>FF7R：インタビュー記事北瀬氏発言より、植松伸夫氏が「FF7リメイク」の音楽に関わられている事が判明（情報：当サイトコメ欄） <a href=”https://t.co/wnF0cehdBw”>pic.twitter.com/wnF0cehdBw</a></p>— aibo (@aibo_ac7) <a href=”https://twitter.com/aibo_ac7/status/995642946752888834?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>May 13, 2018</a></blockquote>
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This was roughly translated by fansite TheLifestream.net as “currently I am working on the FFVII Remake, and although Uematsu-san has been working on various titles, I haven’t worked directly with him since FFX. When I first went to ask Uematsu-san to work on the music for the remake, he had already distanced himself from Square Enix to work on other projects, so I was thinking (worried) I might be treated coldly… Or so I thought, but the power of the words FFVII, man!”
Uematsu has either composed or helped with the music for most of the main Final Fantasy games, including Final Fantasy VII and its Advent Children movie sequel. He left Square Enix in 2004 and previously suggested he would not be involved in FF7’s Remake, but Kitase suggests that he may have persuaded the composer to return.
We may still have a long wait for the Final Fantasy 7 remake’s release, and it may be even more ambitious than we previously thought. Hopefully we’ll see more at Square Enix’s E3 press event next month, which will be the first conference they’ve held at the Expo since 2015.