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Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator Yuji Naka joins Square Enix

Jason Clement

Yuji Naka, whose original claim to fame is that of the original programmer for Sonic the Hedgehog, has announced on Twitter that he's officially joined Square Enix as of the beginning of this year.


Naka had previously created his own company, Prope, after a 23-year career working with SEGA and working on numerous Sonic titles, Nights into Dreams, Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, and much more.


At Prope, Naka's best-known work was the quirky Let's Tap (a mini-game compilation for Wii in which you tapped a box in order to perform different functions in-game) and Rodea the Sky Soldier for Wii and Wii U. Prope's future without Naka is currently unknown.


As for his switch to Square Enix, Naka hasn't said much about it other than the following:


What sort of games will he make there? It seems likely that he'll be working in the realm of RPGs given that its Square Enix's bread and butter, but we'll have to wait and see to be sure.


What are your thoughts on Yuji Naka leaving Prope for Square Enix?

Edited by Jason Clement

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Maybe he's still in good enough with Sega that they can make a Sonic RPG that isn't boring and unfinished.

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Hm, maybe we'll get some sort of 2-D platformer that resembles Sonic? Either that or just a strive for fun, fast, fluid gameplay with a loveable new mascot or currently existing one. Either way, here's hoping it turns into something big!

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