Koichi Sugiyama, the composer who defined the generation of RPGs in music, died, known for his controversial views on LGBTQ + people and Japan’s actions during World War II. He was 90 years old.

Like Nobuo Uematsu and other pioneering composers, Koichi Sugiyama helped define music on the NES in the mid-1980s. Known primarily for his work at Dragon Quest, he started as a director of Fuji TV and later worked on projects such as Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: Movies.

Sugiyama joined Enix after sending a postcard to the studio to express his gratitude for the PC shogi game they made. His work on the first Dragon Quest was considered revolutionary at the time. Looking back on the series 1UP wrote “He was inspired by classical composers and Wagnerian operas to create a deeper, heavier and more emotional soundtrack than other NES games, despite the strict hardware limitations. It’s no coincidence that he continues his dragon orchestra performance every year. Japanese Warrior Music-There are soundtracks that impress the player, but there are very few works of art that are better than his work in this series. “

Sugiyama continued to compose the series until Dragon Quest 11, which was released in 2017. Many criticized the somewhat repetitive song, probably the result of Sugiyama’s time, but it was still difficult to avoid being stimulated by the overture of the symphony. Go to the title screen. This is one of the most easily identifiable themes in the game, especially in Japan.

However, Sugiyama became a controversial figure in his later years. In 2015, Sugiyama appeared with Japanese politician Mio Sugita, supporting the claim that the lack of LGBTQ + couples’ children was a problem in Japan.

Sugiyama also agreed with the rhetoric of Japanese nationalists during World War II and opposed a resolution calling on Japan to apologize for the use of “comfort women.” This is the colloquial language of a woman who was sexually slaved by soldiers during the conflict. Square Enix responded by moving away from the composer In response to these comments, he said, “I will not tolerate any kind of discrimination or harassment” and “I will respect the sexual diversity and gender equality of all people in the world.”

Sugiyama’s posthumous Twitter comments reflect Sugiyama’s various heritage.

Square Enix is ​​part of that Published a release The publisher said, “I mourn his death.”

“We would like to take this opportunity to extend our deepest sympathies to Koichi Sugiyama’s friends and loved ones. The great contribution of Koichi Sugiyama since the birth of the Dragon Quest series,” said Yosuke Matsuda, President and CEO of Square Enix. I can’t put it into words. I remember seeing him play an orchestra like yesterday at a Dragon Quest concert. For his many years of service and our game. Thank you and pay tribute to the many wonderful music he wrote. A prayer for the peace of his soul. “

Sugiyama was scheduled to be the composer of Dragon Quest 12, which was announced earlier this year. Square Enix has not yet announced who will join as a successor.

Kat Bailey is IGN’s Senior News Editor.