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Audio Content Creator Yuji Naka Leaves Square Enix After Balan Wonderworld Fails, May Retire •

Sonic creator Yuji Naka has confirmed his exit from Square Enix and said he may be retiring.

In the tweetNaka said he left Square Enix in late April. Balan Wonderworld, which was operated by Naka and published to multiple platforms by Square Enix in March, failed to sell. It sold less than 2,100 copies in its opening week in Japan and did not take the top 40 spot on the UK charts.

As he left Square Enix, Naka said, “I can’t talk about it right now, but I hope to talk about it in time. For future activities, I am 55 years old, so I can retire.”

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Coined by Martin Robinson Balan Wonderworld Review for EurogamerHe described it as “surreal, mysterious and often dirty”.

The game marked Naka’s comeback when legendary Sonic the Hedgehog programmer met Sega mascot designer Naoto Ohshima. The pair worked together on Sonic Adventure in 1998.

“This is a platform game and it looks like it came from a completely different time,” Robinson wrote. “Team Sonic’s foundations in the ’90s are clear.”

Eurogamer has contacted Square Enix for comment.