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Need for Speed, Mass Effect and Sleeping Dogs Composer Saki Kaskas Passes Away At 44

Talented video game composer Saki Kaskas whose work included Need for Speed, Mass Effect and Sleeping Dogs has passed away at the age of 44.

Long-time collaborator of Kaskas, Rom Di Prisco broke the news of his death in a Facebook post, praising the late musician’s kind-hearted nature and unique creative vision.

Saki was a gentle, kind soul, with a heart of gold. He was one in a million. He was a master of his craft, and I don’t exaggerate when I say that he was the most talented musician I have ever known,” reads Di Prisco’s Facebook post.

I have consistently been blown away and hugely inspired by Saki’s work over the last two decades. He had it all, his guitar work, synth work, audio production skills, and a feel for music unlike anyone else.”

The veteran composer was best known for his work on EA’s Need For Speed franchise where he was an in-house composer for 4 years, writing music for 5 Need for Speed titles including Porsche Unleashed, Hot Pursuit, and High Stakes.

Of his more recent work, Kaskas’ contributed to a number of high-profile games, including Sleeping Dogs, Mass Effect 2, and Sim City 4.

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Dan has been gaming for nearly 30 years and has survived everything from Nuclear Fallouts to Zombie Outbreaks but his main love is Survival Horror and don’t we all know it. Favourite games include Resident Evil and Grand Theft Auto, he can be regularly found cruising the streets of Vice City listening to the classics.

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