Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator Yuji Naka has taken a transfer in the direction of the realm of indie video games following this 12 months’s disappointing launch of Balan Wonderworld.
As translated by VGC, Naka, who turns 56 at present (September 17), tweeted thanking followers for his or her birthday needs earlier than happening to announce that he is engaged on a small indie cellular recreation developed utilizing Unity.
“I’ve just lately began studying methods to program once more, and I’m engaged on a easy recreation for smartphones with Unity,” mentioned Naka. “I’m making it on my own, so it’s not a lot, however I’m having fun with programming it. I hope you’ll be capable to play with the app when it’s accessible.”
In April this 12 months, Naka left his place at Sq. Enix shortly after the studio’s dissatisfying launch of Balan Wonderworld. The sport, which Naka himself labored because the director on, acquired an overwhelmingly destructive response from critics and followers. Naka had beforehand instructed IGN that the sport was his “one likelihood” to make a platformer for the writer.
Upon the title’s launch, IGN reviewed Balan Wonderworld upon its launch and granted it a lowly 4/10. In our verdict for the sport, we mentioned that its “half-baked platforming and ill-advised one-button design” sadly led to it “being a whole bore”.
In June, Naka instructed followers that he could not at the moment discuss concerning the causes behind his departure from Sq. Enix regardless of additionally including that he sooner or later hopes to have the ability to. The famed Sonic producer additionally famous on the time that at 55 years of age, he was contemplating retirement. It stays unclear if Naka’s departure was his determination or Sq. Enix’s.
Whereas little else is understood concerning the Unity-based cellular venture that Naka is at the moment engaged on, followers shall be hoping that it offers the programmer with a possibility to place Sq. Enix’s launch of Balan Wonderworld behind him.
Jared Moore is a contract author for IGN. You’ll be able to comply with him on Twitter.