Sonic the Hedgehog’s Yuji Naka working on “original action game” at Square Enix
A co-creator of Sonic the Hedgehog is hard at work on an “original action game” at one of Square Enix’s development teams. Yuji Naka joined Square Enix back in January 2018, and began working on the new project.
The project was only recently revealed to be an action game, when Naka tweeted in response to birthday wishes on social media: “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.”
Yuji Naka also worked on other projects with Sonic Team
Yuji Naka co-created Sonic alongside Naoto Ohshima and Hirokazu Yasuhara. He started out as a programmer and game designer in 1984 before starting work on Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991, and eventually becoming a producer and even director on other projects. The last Sonic title he worked on was 2006’s Sonic Riders for GameCube, Xbox and PlayStation 2.
What is this new original action game with Square Enix? No one really knows but apparently the only way to know more are wishing game developers a happy birthday. In other words, stay tuned for more details on September 17th next year!
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
Which major RPG series did Yuji Naka work on before the first Sonic?
- Final Fantasy
- Phantasy Star
- Dragon Quest
- Seiken Densetsu
The answer will be revealed at the end of this issue!
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