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.
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.
Just a quick note to let you know, I joined SQUARE ENIX in January.
I’m joining game development as before, and strive to develop games at SQUARE ENIX.
I aim to develop an enjoyable game, please look forward to it.
— Yuji Naka / 中 裕司 (@nakayuji) January 22, 2018
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.