Takeshi Miyaji, Creator of Grandia, Dead at 45

Saturday it was announced that Takeshi Miyaji, creator of such titles as Grandia, Silpheed, and Gungriffon, passed away at the age of 45. Takeshi in 1985, at the age of 19, co-founded Game Arts with his brother Yoichi. After leaving Game Arts in 2000 Miyaji founded G-Mode a cell phone-based gaming company. Numerous titles from series Miyaji created landed on PlayStation consoles with Grandia released for the PlayStation, while Silpheed: The Lost Planet, Gungriffon Blaze, Grandia II and Grandia III all appeared on PlayStation 2. No cause of death was announced.

If you never played Grandia it is now available on the PlayStation Store for download. Experience an influential, if underappreciated, JRPG as a tribute to its creator.

Written by Justin Spielmann

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  • I had everything that Game Arts released for Apple back in the day, with games like Silpheed and Thexder, they really set themselves apart. This is a tragedy for sure.

    By the way, a remake of Thexder is on the PSN, and Silpheed for the PS2, brought to the US by Working Designs, is pretty easily found for the PS2, and is a great game.