Balan Wonderworld Creator Yuji Naka Is No Longer With Square Enix

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Yuji Naka, former Sonic Team head and up to date creator of the platformer Balan Wonderworld, is not with Square Enix, in response to studies in Sonic Stadium and IGN. He apparently departed the corporate within the twilight of April.

Naka, after all, gained prominence within the 1990s and early 2000s, because of his work as a Sega programmer and producer on video games like Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Adventure, Sonic Adventure 2, and the terrifically soundtracked Sonic Heroes. In 2006 he left Sega to go independent and based Prope, which revealed video games like Let’s Tap and Real Ski Jump. A Siliconera report from 2019 details an organization in stasis.

In 2018 Naka joined Square Enix. His most just lately launched sport, Balan Wonderworld (notice: not Wonderland, irrespective of how pure it feels to sort that manner), suffered a less-than-tepid reception. After enjoying the demo, Kotaku’s Mike Fahey wrote “I can’t actually say I’ve a agency grasp of what precisely is occurring in Balan Wonderworld.” Over at Polygon, Michael McWhertor likened it to 2019’s Cats, the bad-DMT-trip film adaptation of a beloved musical. Review scores are a meaningless metric, clearly, and Metacritic is a blemish on video games criticism, however even those numbers—a 36, alongside a 4.9 consumer rating—are fairly laborious to disclaim.

Sales weren’t nice, both. Per Destructoid, someday after its launch the misbegotten platformer had bought solely about 2,000 bodily copies in Japan.

According to Sonic Stadium, Naka confirmed the information through his private Facebook web page again in April. IGN independently verified. But the precise particulars round Naka’s departure stay shrouded in fog. It’s unclear whether or not or not he was dismissed or if he put in discover of his personal volition, neither is it clear whether or not or not the reception to Balan Wonderworld performed a job. Kotaku reached out to Square Enix for clarification however didn’t hear again in time for publication.


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