Sega stalwart joins Final Fantasy makers
Speaking on Twitter, former Sonic Team head Yuji Naka has announced that he has taken a role working with Square Enix. Naka will work within the game development department to develop new titles.
Naka was one member of the three-man team responsible for leading 1991’s Sonic the Hedgehog to multi-million-dollar glory on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis. Working alongside stage designer Hirokazu Yasuhara and character creator Naoto Ohshima, Yuji Naka was lead programmer for the legendary flagship title.
After going on to oversee titles such as Burning Rangers, Nights into Dreams and Phantasy Star Online, Naka would leave Sega in the mid-2000s to work within his own company, Prope. Yuji Naka’s new role in Square Enix is already in effect. In the tweet, Naka asks fans to look forward to his upcoming projects.
Just a quick note to let you know, I joined SQUARE ENIX in January.
I’m joining game development as before, and strive to develop games at SQUARE ENIX.
I aim to develop an enjoyable game, please look forward to it.
— Yuji Naka / 中 裕司 (@nakayuji) January 22, 2018