Veteran Sega artist Takashi Iwade has reportedly passed away after a brief illness.
Iwade worked at Sega for over 25 years, joining the Japanese company as a senior artist in April 1993.
Iwade was one of few developers who worked on most games in the Panzer Dragoon series.
Mielke, who had a personal relationship with Iwade, said: “It is with great sadness to myself, his many friends on the various close-knit Panzer Dragoon teams (and current SEGA colleagues of course), and most of all his heartbroken family, that after a brief illness Iwade-san suddenly passed away last week.
“It goes without saying that he leaves us far too soon.”