Sonic The Hedgehog Co-Creator Yuji Naka Joins Square Enix

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

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Famed Japanese game developer Yuji Naka has joined Square Enix as a developer. The transition happened earlier this month, as he tweeted out the formal news today. What Yuji Naka is concocting within the storied studio, he cannot say, except that he hopes it will be “enjoyable”.

Yuji Naka is most famous as a co-creator of Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog. While not the character’s artist, Mr. Naka programmed the game with an emphasis on its need for speed. In 2006, he left the company to found the studio Probe Ltd, where he produced such titles as Let’s Tap, Ivy the Kiwi?, and the oft-delayed Rodea the Sky Warrior. Where his employment at Square Enix leaves his studio is uncertain for now.

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