What music features in ‘Final Fantasy VII Remake’, and has composer Nobuo Uematsu written the score?

10 June 2019, 15:12

By Maddy Shaw Roberts

The legend himself returns: Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu is confirmed to be scoring the upcoming ‘Final Fantasy VII Remake’. Here’s everything you need to know.

Since the first video game was released in 1987, Final Fantasy has been a favourite among gamers – and a huge part of the franchise’s cult status can be attributed to its glorious soundtrack, composed by Nobuo Uematsu.

Now, it has been confirmed that Uematsu will return to score the newest installation in the franchise: Final Fantasy VII Remake, which is a remake of the 1997 PlayStation game Final Fantasy VII.

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The news was confirmed by producer Yoshinori Kitase at a Final Fantasy event in Japan:

“Currently, I’m in the process of working on Final Fantasy VII Remake but I haven’t directly worked with Uematsu-san since Final Fantasy X. So, when I first went to ask Uematsu-san to come work on the music for the remake, I thought he would give me the cold shoulder since he had already left Square Enix and found success.”

What music will feature in Final Fantasy VII Remake?

A remake was initially attempted in the early 2000s – but despite scoring the original Final Fantasy VII, Uematsu’s name was absent from the originally announced team. However, it was confirmed in May 2018 that the famed composer will definitely return to score the new remake.

Although no details of the new soundtrack have been released to-date, fans can expect Uematsu’s music to retain its cinematic feel – part John Williams, part new-age soundscaper.

Listen to the original soundtrack here to get a feel for his sound:

When will Final Fantasy VII Remake be released?

Following years of rumours and fan requests, it is confirmed that the new game will launch on 3 March 2020. The news was announced today, 10 June, during the Fantasy 7: A Symphonic Reunion concert.