Yuji Naka accuses Dragon Quest producer Yu Miyake of lying in court

Yuji Naka

Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator Yuji Naka returned to social media after months of silence, now making accusations against Square Enix producer Yu Miyake.

The ex-Sega and ex-Square Enix producer returned to Twitter/X, sharing the report that Miyake, longtime producer on Dragon Quest, is stepping down. Alongside his resharing of the story comes new allegations from Naka.

Naka accused Miyake of lying in court via falsified evidence, a reference presumably to the ongoing insider trading scandal Naka has been involved with.

“Miyake, head of Square Enix’s Dragon Quest, moves on to leverage online mobile games. I’m glad to finally say it,” Naka said. “I was hoping he would be gone soon as he is the kind of person who would submit a memo with lies (as evidence) to a court of law. I’ve never met him, but the new (Square Enix) president might be a good man.”

Miyake joined Square Enix way back in 1990 and quickly became the head of the entire Dragon Quest franchise. The new report suggests he’s stepping down in response to Dragon Quest XII being repeatedly delayed, only to now lead Square Enix’s mobile games.

Naka was a longtime Sega producer until he left the company and form studio Prope. They developed a number of independent games though Naka eventually joined up with Square Enix in 2018 to make Balan Wonderworld. The game was a failure and led to Naka leaving Square Enix, too.

While the allegations seem almost bizarre, Miyake would presumably have been consulted with on the investigation into Naka’s alleged insider trading.

Later, Naka was arrested on allegations of insider trading at Square Enix in November 2022. At the time, it was claimed that Naka was given insider information on Japanese studio Aiming, who got hired to make a new Dragon Quest mobile game – before it was officially announced.

Naka was arrested a second time for insider trading allegations, that time focused on the producer learning of Square making a Final Fantasy VII smartphone spinoff, Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier, via ATeam Entertainment.

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