After a first rumor launched by Nintendeal, who wanted Yuji Naka to move away from Square-Enix, IGN USA has confirmed through independent research that the co-creator of Sonic The Hedgehog has left the company following the bad results achieved by Balan Wonderworld.
Yuji Naka, co-creator of Sonic The Hedgehog and game director of Balan Wonderworld, has left Square-Enix. A first rumor launched by Nintendeal, which had brought the lights on the story following some changes to the details of the developer’s Facebook profile, was confirmed after an independent investigation conducted by IGN USA.
The details of the story are not clear. Yuji Naka had founded Balan Company after joining Square-Enix, defining Balan Wonderworld as his only chance to create a platform game for the publisher.
Unfortunately, Balan Wonderworld did not achieve the hoped-for success, being heavily rejected by international critics and not finding favor with the public. It is not clear if the departure of Yuji Naka was born of the will of the developer or Square-Enix to date.