Last month, Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator and former head of Sonic Team, Yuji Naka, took the unexpected step on Twitter, discussing the many issues with Naka’s latest console version and blaming most of the blame squarely on Enix Square. The publishing house has officially responded to Nucky’s revelations.
Released just over a year ago, in March 2021, Balan’s 3D platformer Wonderworld has drawn heavy criticism from fans and critics alike. The game’s poor design was blamed on game director Yuuji Naka, though a year after release, Naka took to Twitter to offer his side of the story, saying:
“In my opinion, it is a real shame that we presented the unfinished work of Balan Wonder World to the world. I wanted to release it to the world as an action game in the right way, considering different things. I think Square Enix and Arzest are companies that don’t care about games and game fans.”
Balan Wonderworld’s development conditions reportedly also resulted in Naka being dropped from the project months before the game’s release, followed by a lawsuit, meaning that his vision for Balan Wonderworld was not realized.
According to Bloomberg ‘s Takashi Mochizuki, Balan Wonderworld’s publisher Square Enix released an official response to the matter during its latest financial reporting meeting, with the publisher’s only comment being brief: “[Balan Wonderworld] is a game we recommend with confidence. .”
While no one expected Square Enix to demonize their game, the fact that the publisher posted such a disclaimer seems to be indicative of how they feel about the video game industry.