Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator Yuji Naka is working on a smaller project after leaving Square Enix
Yuji Naka, the Sonic the hedgehog co-creator and former head of Sonic Team at Sega, is back from a brief hiatus and is now working on a new project although he plans to retire earlier this year after leaving Square Enix.
Naka joined Square Enix in 2018 to lead a new project, which eventually became The wonderful world of Balan. The game received bad reviews when it launched on March 26 and soon after, Naka stepped down from his post, although he did not officially announce it until June 5.
At the time, Naka mentioned that he was 55 and was planning to retire from the gaming industry, but after taking a bit longer he said he was working on a new project. mobile. According to his last tweet, Naka has gone back to studying programming and is working on a “simple game” in Unity that he wants to release.
“It’s okay because it’s done by one person, but programming to make games is fun,” Naka noted. “Hope you can play the app.”
The move puts the developer back in his preferred role of being at the heart of a project, especially since he initially wanted to work on mobile games for Square but was pushed by producer Shinji Hashimoto to try his hand at a new action title.
Naka is best known for his work with Sega, where he produced, directed and programmed several games, including several Sonic the hedgehog securities, Nights in dreams, Fantastic Star Online, and more. He worked at Sega from 1984 to 2006, where he helped found and lead Sonic Team from 1990 until he left in 2006.
After he left, Naka founded his own game studio, Prope, and started working on new titles, saying he wanted to try things outside of Sonic. During this time, he and his team have developed games such as Ivy the Kiwi?, Digimon All-Star Rumble, and several StreetPass mini-games for Nintendo before joining Square.