Balan Wonderworld Creator Unexpectedly Leaves Sq. EnixJune 7, 2021
Replace (6/6/21) – Yuji Naka has confirmed his departure from Sq. Enix on Twitter, saying that he’s contemplating retirement and that, whereas he cannot discuss in regards to the motive for leaving the corporate now, he hopes he can at some point.
I retired from SQUARE ENIX on the finish of April 2021 as a result of I wish to contact the media and customers,” Naka wrote, as translated by Google Translate. “I am unable to discuss in regards to the motive now, however I hope I can speak about it when the time comes. As for future actions, I am 55 years outdated, so I could retire. The photograph is taken by Sega Onerous Historia. Balan Wonderworld director and Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator Yuji Naka has unexpectedly left Sq. Enix, following a poor reception to his newest sport.:
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IGN has independently verified that Naka left the corporate on the finish of April, after Nintendeal identified that the developer’s Fb web page had been up to date to listing an finish level to his employment at Sq. Enix. It stays unclear if Naka’s departure was his resolution or Sq. Enix’s.
Upon becoming a member of Sq. Enix, Naka had opened his personal inner studio, Balan Firm, to make Balan Wonderworld. Naka had beforehand informed IGN that the sport was his “one likelihood” to make a platformer for the writer. When the sport arrived, it was critically panned, and has seemingly struggled commercially.
IGN awarded the sport a 4/10 evaluation, saying that it “isn’t all the time an terrible platformer, however it’s a persistently boring one.” After arriving in March, the sport by no means cracked the highest 20 best-selling video games within the US, in keeping with NPD stories, and SteamDB stories that the sport reached a peak variety of concurrent gamers the day after launch, with simply 124.
A lot stays unclear after Naka’s departure, together with what his subsequent transfer might be, or what the destiny of Balan Firm and its different workers has been. IGN has contacted Naka and Sq. Enix for remark.