Square Enix has confirmed that composer Koichi Sugiyama, best known for his work on the Dragon Quest series, has passed away from septic shock. He was 90 years old. Sugiyama-san composed over 500 songs in the Dragon Quest series by himself. Sugiyama-san’s “Lotto Theme” was used in the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Ceremony and he holds the Guinness World Record for being the oldest composer to work on a video game. Sugiyama-san composed the music for the first Dragon Quest game in 1986 and his last work was to be the music for the upcoming Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate.
Here are some of Sugiyama-san’s notable works:
- Cyborg 009
- Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai
- Dragon Quest
- Dragon Quest XI
- Godzilla vs. Biollante
- Return of Ultraman