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Kenji Eno dies at 42

Creator of D survival horror series and Real Sound audio game developer suffers heart failure

Veteran video game developer Kenji Eno has died. In a post on the official site of his studio From Yellow to Orange, CEO Katsutoshi Eguchi informed fans that the 42-year-old Eno died of heart failure Wednesday night.

Eno is best known in the West for his D series of survival horror games. The original D launched on the 3DO in 1995, with PlayStation and Saturn ports the following year. A sequel, D2, was released on the Dreamcast in 2000. His most recent release was the 2009 WiiWare puzzle game You, Me, and the Cubes.

Beyond those titles, the musically inclined Eno also produced the landmark audio game Real Sound: Kaze no Regret for the Saturn in 1997, with a Dreamcast version following in 1999. An early advocate for accessible gaming, Eno designed Real Sound for visually impaired players and ensured the entire game can be enjoyed without video.

Eno is survived by his wife, Yuka. Memorial services are planned for February 24-25 in Suginami-ku, Tokyo.

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Adam Campbell Producer, Hopster3 years ago
Oh my god.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
This hit me particularly hard as I own nearly all of WARP's output on the 3DO, PC, Saturn and Dreamcast and consider Eno one of the most creative forgotten geniuses in gaming. Warts and all, D2 is a masterpiece and my favorite Dreamcast games, period. How it got past the ESRB is beyond me (healthy cuts were made to Disc One and a few other small parts of the game, but it's still one of the most mature M-rated games in terms of content on the console). He was only seven years younger than me and as someone who has blood pressure issues (and had an incident that took me out of action for a while a few years back), all I can say here is take care of your health, people - you're only here for one ride, so make it last as long as possible.
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Georges Paz Programmer, technical director and CEO, Psychoz Interactive3 years ago
I remember D2, amazing experience! R.I.P Eno! And yeah, take care of your health!
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David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers3 years ago
Always sad to hear something like this, but it's particularly tragic for someone that age. He'd no doubt have plenty more to add to the gaming industry for years to come without these heart issues.
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Michelle Hebert Audio Integration Associate, Carbine Studios3 years ago
So young. His accomplishments in providing an entertainment experience for the visually impaired was extremely inspiring to me. My condolences to his family.
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