Sonic creator confirms Sq. Enix departure following Balan Wonderworld launch

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Sonic the Hedgehog creator and Balan Wonderworld director Yuji Naka has confirmed on Twitter (under) that he’s left Sq. Enix. Sonic Stadium initially reported that Naka had confirmed the information by his private Fb web page again in April, although Naka himself has now confirmed the information on Twitter.

“I resigned from Sq. Enix on the finish of April,” Naka explains, as translated by Gematsu. “Whereas I can’t share the rationale proper now, I hope to have the ability to talk about it when the time comes. As for what I’ll do sooner or later, I’m already 55 years previous, so I could as nicely retire.”

Naka initially joined Sq. Enix again in 2018 following stints at Sega and his personal impartial studio Prope. Naturally, his time at Sega in the course of the Nineties and 2000s catches the attention as he labored as a programmer and producer on video games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Journey, Sonic Journey 2, and so forth.

Balan Wonderworld launched earlier this 12 months, although to not an excellent reception. The platformer is presently sitting at a 38 on Metacritic and a 48 on OpenCritic.

Talking to IGN earlier than the sport’s launch, Naka mentioned he bought permission from Sq. Enix’s president to make the full-scale platform recreation on the situation that it was his “one probability”.

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