Square Enix Hires Sonic the Hedgehog Creator Yuji Naka

Square Enix Hires Sonic the Hedgehog Creator Yuji Naka - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 22 January 2018 / 1,531 Views

Square Enixc has hired Yuki Naka, the former head of the Sonic Team and lead programmer of the original Sonic the Hedgehog games on the Sega Genesis.

"Just a quick note to let you know, I joined Square Enix in January," said Naka via Twitter. "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."

After leaving Sega in 2006, Naka founded developer Pro that worked on several titles, including Ivy the Kiwi?Fishing ResortDigimon Adventure, and Rodea the Sky Soldier.

Thanks Gematsu.

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shikamaru317 (on 22 January 2018)

Naka founded Prope, not Pro ;-)

Johnw1104 (on 23 January 2018)

The bizarrely out of place visuals and cinematics of his would-be magnum opus (Sonic '06) suggest he's been wanting to work with Square Enix for quite some time. Hope it works out for him.

RaptorChrist (on 23 January 2018)

That fits quite well into the narrative. I wonder if that was his doing?

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StriderKiwi (on 22 January 2018)

"After leaving Sega in 2006..." He picked the best year to part with hedghog creation.

progstarmac (on 22 January 2018)

Sonic adventure 3!

GoOnKid (on 22 January 2018)

This is nice. Looking forward to his future work.

Nem (on 22 January 2018)

This is good news. This guy's talent was wasted for many years. Looking forward to see what he brings us.

fuallmofus (on 23 January 2018)

Lol now they try to hype new games with old farts from the 90s. Look he is the father of megaman or he the father of castelvania blablabla. Pretty sure if they even would get full design controll they wouldnt be able to make something new that had the same impact as those old games.