Yuji Naka left Square Enix, might retire after Balan Wonderworld flop

Yuji Naka, the unique programmer of the Sonic the Hedgehog collection, confirmed that he has left Square Enix after three years. The departure follows the disappointing essential and industrial reception of his newest work, the platformer Balan Wonderworld.

“I can’t talk about the reason now, but I hope I can talk about it when the time comes,” Naka stated in a tweet (the interpretation comes from Google). The 55-year-old developer stated he left Square Enix on the finish of April. Naka added that, contemplating his age, “I may retire.”

Balan Wonderworld launched March 26 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. The recreation’s growth reunited Naka with longtime colleague Naoto Ohshima, greatest often called Sonic the Hedgehog’s authentic character designer. Ohshima and Naka had been additionally director and producer, respectively, for the critically acclaimed Nights Into Dreams on Sega Saturn in 1996.

But Balan Wonderworld, regardless of calling on a few of the themes that helped make Nights Into Dreams profitable, landed with a thud. It launched with some flashing-light sequences that early gamers and builders realized put these with photo-sensitive epilepsy in danger. A day-one patch muted these results and “enhance[d] the overall play experience,” however not sufficient to put it aside from some brutal assessment scores, which ripped its playability and a shallowness that belied its surrealist stylings.

Eurogamer famous that Balan Wonderworld offered fewer than 2,100 copies at launch in Japan, and didn’t make the highest 40 within the U.Ok.’s month-to-month gross sales charts. It likewise didn’t make the U.S. prime 20 in NPD’s month-to-month roundups for March or April.

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