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Sonic the Hedgehog Creator Yuji Naka Joins Square Enix

Yuji Naka, the lead programmer on the original Sonic the Hedgehog games and the former head of Sonic Team, has joined Square Enix.

The veteran developer with quite the pedigree announced the news both on his personal Facebook as well as Twitter. He also made sure to point out that he has been at Square Enix since January of this year, while the news has only just now become public.

“Just a quick note to let you know, I joined Square Enix in January,” Naka said. “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.”

Following his departure from Sega and Sonic Team in 2006, Naka established the Japanese studio Prope, who went on to develop several games including Digimon Adventure, Rodea the Sky Soldier, and more. It’s worth pointing out that it remains unclear if this new position will affect the operations of Prope.

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19 comments
  1. Ephrain Estrella
    Ephrain Estrella
    January 22, 2018 at 9:55 am

    I am simultaneously filled with rage and sympathy.

  2. Funtime Happysnacks
    Funtime Happysnacks
    January 22, 2018 at 10:45 am

    As long as it’s not Iizuka spreading his cancer… I couldn’t care less! Hope Yuji has fun at Square : )

  3. UltimateWarrior
    UltimateWarrior
    January 22, 2018 at 11:26 am

    As long as it’s not Iizuka spreading his cancer… I couldn’t care less! Hope Yuji has fun at Square : )

  4. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    January 22, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Good to see he’s back to non-mobile game development and at a studio who can give him a decent budget after Rodea.

  5. Mechonis
    Mechonis
    January 22, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    What mobile game will he be put on

  6. TheOnceAndFutureKing
    TheOnceAndFutureKing
    January 22, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    Will we get Sonic Chronicles 2 with A.D.D combat and shitty voice acting?

  7. perfect34
    perfect34
    January 22, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Oh no

  8. Casey
    Casey
    January 22, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Who cares. He can’t even make decent games anymore. No one liked his shitty kiwi game and hes unlikely to make anything decent at square.

  9. GameZard
    GameZard
    January 22, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Great so more mediocrity from square then.

  10. edge
    edge
    January 22, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    FYI, Yuji hasn’t been at Sega for over a decade (too many tards keep bringing up recent Sonic games)

  11. Envy-Noson
    Envy-Noson
    January 22, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    I kinda view anyone that has ever work for team Sonic as worn out rotten eggs, I’m calling it now this is going to be more of a burden for Square Enix.

    Leave the beating horse alone.

  12. Fandangle
    Fandangle
    January 22, 2018 at 8:26 pm

    What are you talking about? Rodea was GOTY.

  13. ProxyDoug
    ProxyDoug
    January 23, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Does this means Square will focus on gameplay for once?

  14. Adam Duffield
    Adam Duffield
    January 23, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Dude hasn’t worked on a Sonic game for like a decade

  15. Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης
    Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης
    January 23, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    What are you talking about! Ivy the Kiwi was a great game!

  16. Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης
    Γεώργιος Αρχαιοκαπηλίδης
    January 23, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    With his company mostly making casual games and with Digimon Adventure and Rodea the Sky Soldier being huge commercial failures, it’s no wonder he now goes to a big company again.