Sonic co-creator Yuji Naka’s most recent game, Balan Wonderworld, didn’t exactly impress players. However, according to Naka himself, he was actually removed from his director position six months before the game came out–and he doesn’t think publisher Square Enix or developer Arzest care about their games’ quality.
Writing in a thread on Twitter, Naka explained that a court case related to his removal recently ended, letting him now speak about what happened during his time working on Balan Wonderworld.
Six months before the launch of #BalanWonderworld, a work order was issued removing me as director, so I filed a lawsuit in court against Square Enix. I would like to tell you that the court case is over and the work order is no longer in effect at this time. use translation tool pic.twitter.com/U53SgNMh85
— Yuji Naka / 中 裕司 (@nakayuji) April 28, 2022
Naka said his firing came for two reasons, one of which was his insistence that a “score of an original song” be used in a trailer rather than a YouTuber’s version played on piano. He also said he took issue with a build submitted by developer Arzest that contained glitches and called the game straight-up “unfinished” in another tweet in the thread. He contrasted this with his work on Sonic the Hedgehog, and said two weeks before the master was completed, a game-breaking bug needed to be (and was) fixed.
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