Game Arts founder dead at 45

Cause of G-Mode CEO and founder Takeshi Miyaji's passing not revealed; previous company known for creating Grandia and Lunar series.

Last Friday was a sad day for Japanese role-playing game fans. G-mode CEO Takeshi Miyaji, who was also well known for starting up game development company Game Arts, passed away on the July 29. Miyaji was 45 years old.

Grandia: one of the chief titles of Game Arts.

According to the recent statement on G-mode's site, the cause and circumstances of the death weren't stated. His former position as CEO will be taken up by Gaia Holdings CEO Ryu Okoriyama.

Takeshi Miyaji started Game Arts back in 1985 alongside his brother Yoichi Miyaji, who is the current CEO of the company. Game Arts is well known in the gaming community for creating games like Thexder (PC), Silpheed (Sega CD), and Gun Griffon (Sega Saturn), as well as the Lunar and Grandia series. A few staff members of Game Arts also helped developed Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Wii.

Miyaji founded G-mode in 2000, which focused on developing mobile games in Japan. The company acquired a number of Data East titles for porting, including Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja, Joe & Mac, and Magical Drop.

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txgamerwavg
txgamerwavg

He helped developed Super Smash Bros Brawl, man want sad day.

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

I justed playing Lunar last week. Fantastic game. His contributions to gaming won't be forgotten.

M3tr4nk0
M3tr4nk0

This is terrible... R.I.P. Miyaji-san. I absolutely love Grandia, it's one of my all-time favorites.

USDevilDog
USDevilDog

@dukenukem11 That's an illogical and naive statement. Having sympathy for the death of a video game artist is not indicative of crassness. Volunteerism / social awareness and engaging in entertainment news are not mutual exclusives. For all you know, many people here who frequent Gamespot are military (like myself), volunteers, community organizers, or civil servants in some capacity.

alixkid
alixkid

Sad day indeed R.I.P you made some amazing games that i still have.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Sorry for his familys loss... Grandia was a great series, but at least he paid no part in creation of Gungriffon on Xbox - that version sucked sooo bad...

aots_twilight
aots_twilight

@dukenukem11 If we were talking about World Hunger, Corruption. Maybe. But that's not what we are talking about here. Stop going off-topic. Besides, whats so wrong about paying respects to a man who clearly made an impact on our gaming life. Just because we mourn his death doesn't mean we are insensitive to our surroundings.

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

@dukenukem11 Dude, we are not God, we are not omnipotent, we can't know about every person that dies in the World. You're completely missing the point here, don't come here saying those things just because you want attention.

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

This is really bad news... I enjoyed the first Grandia and Lunar: Silver Star Story all the way through. The World of gaming really loses a lot with his death. R.I.P

cameio
cameio

Grandia and Lunar were one of my favorate games. RIP Takeshi Miyaji

dukenukem11
dukenukem11

Meh, I really don't care..... Also on a side note, I like how everyone is like o noes! He dieds, RIP my friend! Like you guys know him.... Gimme a break.... People die all the time but you don't hear anyone saying that about an african child, or perhaps anther child in a third world country, or even an orphan child here in the United States who had just died. You guys..... I swear... Such crass....

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

im immensely saddened by this. although the sega cd game silpheed was a decent game too, saturn games like gungriffon and grandia were big symbols during my saturn gaming days. to this day, i have never bought more games for a system than the saturn and reminders of games like this is just bringing it all back. thanks for the memories mr miyaji and i hope youre having fun in that big game developer studio in the sky.

gianggame
gianggame

Short life, sharp knife... He and his team did some great things.

servb0ts
servb0ts

R.I.P. I have both Lunars on my PS1 and PSP. Developers of goood JRPG deserves salutes.

zaiwen
zaiwen

rest in peace Miyaji-san.. rest assured your legacy will live on in my book personally.. i will always be a fan of Silpheed, the Lunar series & Grandia 1 & 2.

yboucher
yboucher

Gaia Holdings?? Oh boy... I smell foul play... :S

monson21502
monson21502

wow sorry to hear this. my prayers go out to his family and friends

edant79
edant79

Very sad to hear... The original Lunar for the Sega cd was one of my biggest childhood treasures back in the day.

mdurrani
mdurrani

lunar was one of the best memories i have.....such a huge loss...

isshiah
isshiah

i'm used to hearing news of actors and musicians dying, but game makers, not so much.

-Saigo-
-Saigo-

What heartbreaking news! It's always the brightest in the business the burn out first. 45 is far too soon, may he rest in peace.

snugglebear
snugglebear

Some of the best times I've had gaming were with his games. He'll be missed.

Chiyo18
Chiyo18

the Lunar and Grandia series (minus Grandia Xtreme and 3) are some of my absolute favorite RPG's, ever. this is definitely sad news :'( in honor of Mr. Miyaji, i will play through Grandia today! for a 4th time :)

Cruisemissile
Cruisemissile

He was only middle aged and younger than my mother who is 52, R.I.P Takeshi Miyaji

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

Rest In Peace His talent, achievements and will, will be inherited by his relatives and assistants and people close to him, his life, his legacy will keep his will alive.

sco-fisticated
sco-fisticated

played Grandia II, Project Sylpheed, and Magic Obelisk. all fantastic games that have warmth to them. RIP, sir. thank you for the games and the memories.

thisranks
thisranks

I'm just a RPG fan but i'm sad as well. I absolutely love the Lunar and Grandia games. Still have my bonuses from the PS L:SSSC. That what stinks about the world, though. All good things must come to an end eventually. R.I.P.

FuryX-4
FuryX-4

Thats too early to die :(. But its sad that he past away at a young age. May he R.I.P

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

very very big loss to the gaming world...rip....

sumedh7
sumedh7

r.i.p. man, i hate how geniuses of whatever form be art, science, math, etc. they always die young. i always think of it like they accomplish in their small amount of time what it takes us 80 or 90 years to do, and so they finish their lifetime's contribution a lot quicker

Irsaan
Irsaan

Grandia and Lunar were amazing series'. I loved them, and anytime a major gaming head dies, I'm saddened.

z4twenny
z4twenny

super lame, the worst part is that this isn't exactly an isolated incident. the japanese should be proud of their 28 hour a day work ethic but everybody needs time off to relax

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

Man 45 is so young for a man to die, I just recently got Grandia through the PSN, good stuff man. R.I.P. Takeshi Miyaji.

foxfacer2d2
foxfacer2d2

oh no, no more grandia series anytime soon. Gaming isn't as fun anymore without his games

gazza_gamerNZ
gazza_gamerNZ

Grandia is probably my favorite JRPG of all time, big fan of the Lunar series too. RIP Miyaji.

JonathanL
JonathanL

Too soon. Guy made some great games.

MrArmageddon8
MrArmageddon8

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killa32130
killa32130

My Condolences to everyone that was close to him, damn 45 not that old.

Guzthon
Guzthon

My condolences to the friends, family, employees and all the video game players n' fans around the world. Rest and peace. "Long live the King"!

jookiyaya
jookiyaya

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SirShlebbles
SirShlebbles

Grandia was one of the all time greats. What a sad day.

shre123
shre123

That's terrible, what a talent, what a tragedy.