Yuji Naka, creator of Sonic the Hedgehog said he’s making “simple games for smartphones with Unity” on Twitter. Yuji formerly worked at Square Enix, where he was director of the platform game Balan Wonderland. After leaving Square Enix in June 2021 and not-so-positive reviews on Balan Wonderland, Naka considered retirement but then decided to make a mobile game himself, following his 56th birthday.
Fame from Sonic Hedgehog to Prope
Naka programmed Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991, where he developed an algorithm for the curve movement in the game. With the insane knowledge of making algorithms and game programming, Sonic went on to become one of the most popular classic games.
With its huge success, Naka released a number of Sonic titles for SEGA. After working at SEGA for over a decade, Naka went on to start his own gaming studio Prope, where he developed other games. He joined Square Enix in 2018.
Naka’s love for game development
One of the reasons why Naka left SEGA was because he wanted to get back into developing games himself as working as a senior in SEGA didn’t leave him time to develop games. As Naka says in his tweet, “programming for making games is fun”.
With Balan Wonderland, Yuji had developed a game similar to the games from the ’90s, yet the graphics, script, and gameplay were incredible and engaging. But it really didn’t sit well with everyone who played the game. Programs and algorithms required for building mobile games are a lot more different. It will be quite interesting to see what Yuji Naka has in mind for making a game of his own for smartphones.
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