Sonic Creator Yuji Naka Joining Square Enix

Yuji Naka the programmer and designer behind the classic Sonic the Hedgehog has joined Final Fantasy firm Square Enix

Yuji Naka the programmer and designer behind the classic Sonic the Hedgehog has joined Final Fantasy firm Square Enix

Celebrated game designer Yuji Naka has joined Square Enix, and will be returning to the frontlines of game development. Naka left Sega in 2006 to start his own development studio Prope (Rodea the Sky Soldier). He did, however, let slip that he's aiming to make an 'enjoyable game'.

What kind of game would you like to see Naka tackle at Square Enix?

In case the name doesn't ring a bell, Naka-san is widely regarded as the father of Sonic the Hedgehog.

Naka has announced the news via Twitter, where he has posted the following message: "Just a quick note to let you know, I joined SQUARE ENIX in January".

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Naka didn't detail his work any further. He did mention that he is aiming "to develop an enjoyable game", and told fans to "please look forward to it". But Naka's also been producer and programmer on a number of action-adventures and role-playing games, too, including Phantasy Star Online in 2000 and 2006's Phantasy Star Universe.

I%u2019m joining game development as before, and strive to develop games at SQUARE ENIX.

While it's not now announced what game or project Naka is working on.

Seeing how Naka enjoyed his freedom after moving on from Sega's top franchise, we can expect whatever Naka is cooking up with Square Enix to be an original IP.

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