Kenji Eno has died

D survival horror series creator and Real Sound developer dies at 42 from heart failure Wednesday.

Longtime game designer and musician Kenji Eno, known for his work on the D survival horror and Real Sound franchises, died Wednesday. A statement released on the From Yellow to Orange website from CEO Katsutoshi Eguchi explains Eno died of heart failure. He was 42.

"It is with great sadness that I inform you that Mr. Kenji Eno passed away last night (February 20, 2013) of heart failure," Eguchi wrote.

"Mr. Eno was a musician and video game designer based in Japan. He is best known for his cult survival horror series, the D games and his audio game series, Real Sound."

Eno's latest work was the WiiWare game You, Me, and the Cubes.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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D3dr0_0
D3dr0_0

Never played D nor do I know what that is but may the man R.I.P.

mmanultra
mmanultra

He will live on in his work... I must get 2 it at 0100... or whenever. Time - pink Floyd..

MILADISGONE
MILADISGONE

Never played D or any other game he had a role in, But I hope he's in a better place right now, May he rest in peace.

hobotech64
hobotech64

D, man that takes me back.  D was probably the first point-and-click adventure type game I've ever played now that I think of it.  At that time I never played anything like it (I was into fighting games and RPG's).  You could say it also made me find appreciation for other FMV games like Dragon's Lair and Space Ace.

RIP Kenji Eno

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

How many people here are even likely to know the D series?

ItsEvolution
ItsEvolution

D was one of my favorite PS1 games. RIP.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Not sure I've ever even heard of the guy, but RIP.

Solace427
Solace427

Damn this is a real shame. Only 42...May he rest in peace. Lost a great person.

USDevilDog
USDevilDog

Sad to hear.  I still remember enjoying D2 (Dreamcast) and Enemy Zero (Sega Saturn) immensely.  Eno's games never truly felt like conventional titles as they rely heavily on mood and long moments of silence and eerie audio cues.  They might not have been entertaining for a wide audience, but Eno's games are undeniably artful and intriguing.  RIP Eno.

EliOli
EliOli

How sad.  He was still a young guy.  I hope he is with God and in peace.

SciFiCat
SciFiCat

He left us too soon, my deepest condolences to his family.

corrus
corrus

Very sad news R.I.P

geelw
geelw

Long post here, sorry - but I'm a rather huge WARP fan.

Save for an interestingly serendipitous yet satisfying Eno-related moment I had with a personal friend of his that's going to result in a bit of a reunion of something thought lost forever, it's just been a really awful day had after hearing this. 

Anyway, here's a link to my re-review a while back of D2 for those who never got to play it:

http://fanboydestroy.com/2011/12/30/d2-warps-last-gasp-makes-for-a-curious-cure-for-holiday-melancholy/

By the way, the first D is NOT a "survival" game at all. It's simply a timed adventure game with a horror theme that was innovative for a few reasons. Until you get to the ending or ran out of time (which was quite hard to do unless you got up and walked away from the TV), there's NO way for Laura to die, no actual combat (the quick-time event that's supposed to be "combat" simply cycles endlessly if you're bad at the timing) and even the "bad" ending is easily avoided if you pay attention to the choices you need to make at that time.

The second game isn't a "true" or traditional "sequel" at all as we know it (and frankly, it's not much of a "survival" game either), but it IS a horror game through and through. Until the last disc, it's REALLY hard to die unless you're not paying attention. I'd say it's a completely new game that used WARP's digital "actors" from Enemy Zero cast in new roles. Although Laura is back, the game never references the first outside a few nods to certain elements (the compact, David's voice "guiding" Laura mush like her father's voice in the original and Laura's mute state [save for the sole word she utters late in the game] being the prime examples).

I liked that Parker and Kimberly have the same first names as they did in EO, (making it a sort of amusing ensemble casting in both games). By the way, the ORIGINAL version of D2 planned first for the 3DO (based on the footage I've seen) and later the canceled Panasonic M2 console WAS indeed a direct sequel, but it was VERY heavily reworked into what became the Dreamcast game.

The only thing that stayed the same were chunks of the opening airplane sequence, but in the canceled game, Laura was pregnant and "died" during the crash (which I think was caused by a lightning storm, not terrorists). You were to play as her son who somehow gets sent back through time to a castle and  ends up there as a young man who has to explore the castle and confront its master in order to (I think) save Laura in the future.

Of course, you need to own or have played the stupidly rare 3DO game, D no Shokotaku: Director's Cut 

(image here: http://fanboydestroy.com/2011/12/01/gallery-3do-library/3doc/)

have read the long sound novel on one of the discs AND watched all the initial D2 trailers on that disc and an import 3DO magazine demo (I got this after that above pic was taken) which featured someone modeled on Vlad Tepes railing against the heavens for his wife dying (in childbirth, I believe) and more or less placing some sort of curse on the bloodline of Laura's family which seems to be what causes the time rift and Laura losing her child. My Japanese is horrific, but that's what I got from the videos.

There's also a VERY well hidden clip of M2 D2 footage in a most unusual place: the import version of D2 on the Dreamcast! You need a copy of the D2 Shock! Demo from the DC import Real Sound: Kaze no Regret, a VMU to save the demo data on and a copy of any Japanese version (regular or one of the limited editions in the bottom row of this pic):

http://fanboydestroy.com/2011/12/20/gallery-sega-dreamcast-library/dc1/

I forget which D2 disc that footage is on, but you access it by having a Real Sound save on that VMU. This footage seems to be gone from the US version, as I've never been able to access it.

FINALLY (yeah, I'm about done here)... if you have a copy of Enemy Zero for the Saturn or PC, go watch the credits (accessible from the start) for about ten seconds of D2 footage - a completely different CG movie of the plane interior as all hell breaks loose. I"m gathering this was from the aborted M2 game given its looks as it's hard to think WARP did that work just for part of the game's credit sequence.

OK, one more trivia bit. Hideo Kojima is thanked in D2's credits and if you play Metal Gear Solid to the end, you can probably see why. Both games have a thematic element that's interestingly handled (as in you sit and watch things for a reason)...

o0squishy0o
o0squishy0o

Its nice to see people from this industry remembered. RIP

REDShadowG
REDShadowG

Its sad, very very sad. And i didn't even knew him.

R.I.P.

exedeath
exedeath

Sweet. Now get moving on a HD re release of the D series in his honor. I could never get my hands on a copy of the second one.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Man this sucks. So young. May you rest in peace. I am not close to 42 and have a bad heart already. I needs to watch it, but I don't see myself changing my lifestyle anytime soon.

Zoza24
Zoza24

He died young, Rest in Peace man..

May your spirit find a better place than this damn stressed world.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

D was a great little horror series so his talents will be missed with the deteriorating state of the genre. And at 42, that is too young.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Damn......42?? Geez, that's way too young to go. u_u

My heart goes out to family in their time of grief.

Zid96
Zid96

The ps4 killed him:p  


But no im sad. I did like many of his works. And at a young age too. RIP

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

On Fyto's web site, Kenji Eno's bio described him as "The lucky adventurer who freely strides the digital world. In reality, an individual with a super analog mind — recently very emotional and sentimental."

I never got to play his games but I certainly remember him and his projects such as D, D2, and Enemy Zero, among others. Sadness.

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

What a shame....to bad he never had his break 

Ohaidere
Ohaidere

I'm not going to lie, my first thought was "who?"

DAOWAce
DAOWAce

To be fair, he didn't look that healthy; kind of his own fault.

I fear for other influential people of similar health as well; most importantly I feel is Gabe Newell.

No, I do not mean any insult; I'm a health advocate and try to educate people on nutrition; ie. save lives. I care about people's health.

I have the original D game for PC locked away in storage.  It really has been a damn long time.

ad1x2
ad1x2

@D3dr0_0 D was one of those pre-filmed games (similar to Dragon Lair where you make a selection and that determines what scene will play next) that came out for the PS1 in the mid-90s. I rented it while I was a teen and played a little bit of it. Likewise, RIP to this man.

fiXyouRfacE
fiXyouRfacE

@exedeath Fuck yeah bro, so stoked a man died so you might get a video game! SWEEET!!


Asshole.

Granpire
Granpire

@DAOWAce So you can say he didn't "look healthy" based on a black and white picture? That's absurd.

DAOWAce
DAOWAce

@Granpire Well, it is obvious he is overweight from the picture on GS's site.  To confirm the picture was recent and accurate I Googled images of him to see his full body; it was confirmed.

Weight really affects your overall health; the heavier you are, the more at risk of dying you are from organ failures, among other things.  My friend (who was morbidly obese) nearly died from Pneumonia. It wasn't until his experience that he actually started taking me seriously and improving his health through his diet.  He's dropped over 200lbs and isn't affected by the majority of things that used to affect him severely (sleep apnea, narcolepsy, extreme tiredness, body pain), still suffering from high blood pressure, though it's much better than it was in the past.

FWIW, my aunt died because she didn't give a damn about the way she lived or ate. Can't really say I miss her; I lose respect for people who don't care about themselves.

DAOWAce
DAOWAce

@N-bellic Steve Jobs?

I'm more saying "This is terrible, I believe it could've been prevented." instead of "This person caused their own death, tough shyte." 

I have no problem getting to know somebody to discover and hopefully cure their problems; but I can't do that with people I have no contact with. 

There's no feeling quite like knowing you could've prevented something but were unable to at no fault of your own.

N-bellic
N-bellic

@DAOWAce @Granpire That's pretty cold man. For some people it isn't as simple as "diet and exercise", some folks have serious disorders where their rating patterns are out of control. You wouldn't say the same thing about an anorexic person would you?

My point is, you didn't know the guy, you merely googled him and judged him based on his appearance. You don't know what personal struggles he was going through yet you say his untimely death was his own fault.

Life isn't as simple as you make it out to be. Try seeing things from someone else's perspective before passing judgement.