Sonic Creator Yuji Naka Joins Square Enix

Sonic Creator Yuji Naka Joins Square Enix

What Naka began as a tech demo, a platformer featuring a character that rolled through tubes as a ball, would with the help of artist Naoto Ohshima and designer Hirokazu Yasuhara become Sonic the Hedgehog - undeniably one of the 16-bit era's defining titles. He worked on several major releases as a programmer including Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Phantasy Star, and Spy vs. Spy.

The veteran developer rose to prominence during the '90s, and led the Sonic Team at Sega after helping establish the franchise by programming the original Sonic the Hedgehog on Sega Genesis.

Naka broke the news on Twitter this morning, and revealed he's striving to develop an "enjoyable" game - although it's not clear what sort of project he's working on.

What Naka will work on at Square Enix remains to be seen.

Naka's best known for his platform games, which might make joining Square Enix, a firm famous for its RPGs, something of a surprise.

There's no other word on what Naka might be working on, but his career is marked by wildly different styles of game - and a hunger to explore unusual control methods and formats. He also programmed all of the main Sonic games until 1994's Sonic & Knuckles. We'll bring you more as we hear it.