Sonic Creator Yuji Naka Joins Square Enix; Will Work on Game Development

Sonic the Hedgehog creator and mastermind behind many Sega games Yuji Naka has joined Square Enix as of January 2018 to work on game development.

January 22, 2018

Today Yuji Naka announced on his personal Twitter account that he joined Square Enix as of January. Naka-san also mentioned that he will be working on game development, and his aim is to create an enjoyable title.

In the Japanese version of the tweet Naka-san also explained that he is thrilled to take on a new challenge at Square Enix, which handles a wide range of genres.

Naka-san is mostly known as the creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, but his resume goes far beyond the blue anthropomorphic critter’s games. His work as a programmer was instrumental in the creation of the early Phantasy Star games and created titles like Nights into Dreams and ChuChu Rocket! since 1984.


Over the past decade, he mostly worked as a Producer, and his latest console game has been Rodea the Sky Soldier for Nintendo Wii, Wii U, and 3DS.

Naka-san did not provide any further information on the game he is planning, but it’s certainly intriguing to see him work on the development side once more.

Giuseppe Nelva

Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.

Read more of Giuseppe's articles

Got a tip?

Let us know