Yuji Naka, one of the three creators of the iconic speedy blue bullet, Sonic the Hedgehog, has announced that he will be hanging out with Cloud Strife and the gang at Square Enix. Through his Twitter account, Naka said that he is “working on game development” is “striving to create a new title.” The exact details of what Naka’s position at Square Enix are not revealed at this time. Yuji Naka created Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991 for the Sega Genesis along with Naoto Ohshima and Hirokazu Yasuhara. Naka has also worked on Alex Kidd in Miracle World, the Phantasy Star series and ChuChu Rocket. His last Sonic game was “Sonic Raider” in 2006 before departing to form the indy dev. Prope. In January 2013, Hirokazu Yasuhara left Sega and took a position with Nintendo. He has since worked at Naughty Dog, Visual Concepts and Bandai Namco.
Prope hasn’t released a new title since 2015. Yuji Naka’s departure leaves the company with an uncertain future.
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