The gaming world has lost one of the most deserving and talented music composers. Koichi Sugiyama, author of hundreds of beautiful songs for the Dragon Quest brand, is dead.
Koichi Sugiyama will not compose any more songs for the Dragon Quest brand. The artist died on September 30, 2021, at the age of 90. Square Enix reported that the creator’s death occurred as a result of septic shock.
Koichi Sugiyama wrote over 500 songs for the next installments of the Dragon Quest brand (recently for the great Dragon Quest XI). A unique feature of Sugiyama’s music was the weaving of classical orchestral compositions, characteristic of works played in philharmonics, into the soundtracks. This approach to the subject of music does not surprise anyone today, but it was groundbreaking in the 1980s.
It is known that the last composed pieces by Koichi Sugiyama will be heard in the upcoming Dragon Quest XII, which is currently being created with the help of Unreal Engine 5 technology.
I would like to take this opportunity to offer my deepest sympathy to Koichi Sugiyama’s friends and loved ones. Words cannot express the scale of the contribution made by Koichi Sugiyama from the birth of the DRAGON QUEST series until now. I remember seeing him conduct the orchestra in a DRAGON QUEST concert as if it were yesterday.
I thank and honor him for his long years of service and the many wonderful pieces of music he has written for our games, and offer my heartfelt prayers for the repose of his soul.