Kenji Eno, Game Designer and Composer Passes Away at Age 42

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

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Kenji Eno

Video game fans are mourning the sad loss of a beloved icon. On February 20th, Japanese video game designer and composer Kenji Eno passed away. According to a report by the Japanese website, The Asahi Shimbun Digital, he died of heart failure caused by high blood pressure. He was 42 years old.

Eno is known best for creating the survival horror game D, which released in 1995 for both Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn, and its sequel D2, which came out in 1999 for the Sega Dreamcast, as well as 1996’s Enemy Zero for Saturn. He was also an accomplished composer, writing scores not only for the games he designed, but also for games from other developers as well.

He is also the founder of the video game development studio WARP, for which he developed the D series. WARP itself is known for once having employed Fumito Ueda, the man who would design the PlayStation 2 classics Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.

Kenji Eno may be gone, but his games, and his music will live on in the hearts of fans.


About Eric Chetkauskas

Eric has been playing video games for longer than he can remember. His interests skew toward retro games with an emphasis on Japanese RPGs like Chrono Trigger and the Dragon Quest series.