Saki Kaskas, a Greek music composer who has produced music for Mass Effect, Need for Speed and more, has passed away. He was 44 years old.
The announcement was made via a Facebook post by Rom Di Prisco, a friend of Kaskas, on November 17th last week.
Prisco said Kaskas was “one in a million”, explaining that – as a musician – “he had it all, his guitar work, synth work, audio production skills, and a feel for music unlike anyone else.”
Kaskas originally got into video game music production through a member of his band, who worked for Electronic Arts at the time.
In 1996, he undertook a contract with EA to work on The Need for Speed, and soon after that he became a full-time composer for the company.
He went on to work on titles such as Sim City 4, Mass Effect 2 and more recent games such as Sleeping Dogs.
If you’ve ever played Mass Effect 2, you’ll probably recognize his composition for Upper Afterlife, which you can reacquaint yourself with below.
Kaskas passed away on November 11th.
We wish to express our sincerest condolences to his friends, family and fans at this painful time.