Unfortunately, Balan Wonderworld didn’t have the success that Square Enix hoped for. And unfortunately for Yuji Naka, the game’s director and the former head of Sonic Team, the result has been that he is no longer working at Square Enix.
The news isn’t all that surprising. In fact, Yuji Naka himself said last year that Balan Wonderworld was his “one chance” to make a 3D platformer with the company. And it really seemed that keeping his job there as going to depend on the game doing well.
But, sadly, the game not only failed to get good reviews, but the game also did poorly with sales. And, sadly, less than 3 months after the game released, Yuji Naka confirmed the news on his Facebook page by updating his work info:
In fact, according to his Facebook page, it seems his time at the company ended on April 30th, just a little over a month after the game’s release, and over 3 years after he had been originally hired.
So, what is next for him? Well, that is hard to say. His own studio, Prope, had been reduced to a one-man company a couple of years ago, and it hasn’t released a game in half a decade. Time ill tell what Yuji Naka does next, but all of us at Sonic Stadium wish him the best!