In the past, Yuji Naka‘s name was fuzed with Sonic Team. Now, he’s not working at SEGA but another Japanese competitor, Square Enix.
Previously, Naka was not only the head of Sonic Team, but he was also the lead programmer of the Sonic games on the SEGA Genesis (or the Mega Drive outside North America). He joined Square Enix in early 2018, and he wrote something interesting on Twitter: „Thank you for your birthday message. [he probably meant messages – English is hard for a Japanese… – the ed.] Today I’m 54 years old. How many games will I be able to make by the retirement age, including the original action game that I’m currently making at Square Enix? I’d like to work hard to develop a game that everyone around the world can enjoy.”
In 2006, he founded his development studio called Prope, which is technically dead by now, especially since he moved to Square Enix almost two years ago. This team has developed several games, here are a few examples: Ivy the Kiwi? (2010, iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, PC, Nintendo Wii), StreetPass Mansion (2013, Nintendo 3DS) Digimon All-Star Rumble (2014, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360), StreetPass Fishing (2015, Nintendo 3DS), Rodea the Sky Soldier (2015, Nintendo Wii – the 3DS and Wii U port were developed by Kadokawa), but they mostly worked on mobile titles.
We don’t know what original action game Yuji Naka might be making (original means a new IP here), but since we’re nearing the end of 2019, it might be in development for the next-gen PlayStation (PlayStation 5?) and Xbox (Xbox Project Scarlett), IF Square Enix provides enough resources and manpower for him. (He probably didn’t join Square Enix to make some mobile titles – a lot of time has passed, so it can’t be a small project…)
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