Mohammad Fahmi, the Indonesian creator and developer of Coffee Talk and What Comes After, has died at the age of 32. The news was announced today, March 28th Fahmi’s Twitter account in a post written by his sister in Indonesian, which IGN Japan has confirmed with Toge Productions, publisher of Coffee Talk. No cause of death was announced.
A spokesman for Toge Productions said: “We are absolutely devastated by the news. We already miss him dearly and hope he rests in peace wherever he may be.”
Born on January 29, 1990, Fahmi was a well-loved developer on the global indie game scene, both for his beautifully made games and his warm personality. Besides developing his own games, Fahmi has done programming and game design for various other games, as well as marketing and PR, speaking at gaming events as a representative of the Indonesian gaming scene, and writing short stories on his website.
Gaming community members around the world have been paying tribute to Fahmi since the news broke:
Today we received the most devastating news. Our beloved Fahmi, the author of Coffee Talk and a dear friend of Toge Productions, has passed away. We are absolutely devastated by his early departure.
Rest in peace.
— Toge Productions 🌱 (@togeproductions) March 28, 2022
I can’t believe Fahmi is gone. He helped me when we were journalists together, we switched to games at a similar time and he was a constant source of support and inspiration. I cannot put into words how much I will miss him. The world is a worse place now.
— Iain Garner (@NeonIain) March 28, 2022
Crap. The death of Fahmi is a great loss not only for his beloved family and friends, but also for the Southeast Asian indie games scene. I hope he knew the incredible impact he had on people just by being his authentic self. I’m sorry, but I don’t know how to process this
– Anisa Sanusi (@studioanisa) March 28, 2022
Inna lillahy wa inna illahi rajiun – to Allah we belong and to Allah we will return.
Fahmi had a wonderful soul and his boundless kindness and enthusiasm will be missed both personally, in the medium and in the industry at large. https://t.co/dXOc5ZfQJD
– Rami Ismail (رامي) (@tha_rami) March 28, 2022
This is such tragic news. RIP Fahmi. https://t.co/z3AK4VAhna
— 🇺🇦 Chris 🇺🇦 Charla 🇺🇦 (@iocat) March 28, 2022
Coffee Talk was a hit, showcasing Fahmi’s talent for writing witty and touching dialogue, as well as his keen eye for pixel art design and engaging game mechanics. IGN Japan has reached out his review of Coffee Talk:
“Coffee Talk succeeds in depicting daily life in modern Indonesia, which is reflected in the diversity of its people. The game has a calming atmosphere that will make you want to play in peace and quiet over a cup of coffee. The story doesn’t offer much drama, but the message conveyed by its creator at the end is penetrating and beautiful.”
At the time of his death, Fahmi was working on his next game, Afterlove EP, which Fahmi’s website describes it as “a slice-of-life adventure about love, loss and music”. A sequel to Coffee Talk has also been announced. What will become of the two projects is unclear.
Fahmi’s untimely death ends a promising career and deprives game fans around the world of the unique experiences that were sure to come. The editorial teams at IGN offices around the world extend our condolences to Fahmi’s family, his colleagues at Toge Productions and the fans of his games.
Daniel Robson is Editor-in-Chief of IGN Japan. Follow him on Twitter exactly here.
https://www.ign.com/articles/coffee-talk-creator-dies-mohammed-fahmi The creator of the popular visual novel Coffee Talk has died at the age of 32