Yuji Naka sues Square Enix for having been removed from the Balan Wonderworld team

Square Enix is being sued by Yuji Naka for allegedly being removed from the Balan Wonderworld

Yuji Naka sues Square Enix
Image: Balan Company/Square Enix

Yuji Naka, the ex-director of Sonic Team at Sega and the creator of the disastrous musical platformer Balan Wonderworld, claims he was removed from that game’s development six months before it was finished, and that he sued Square Enix for this decision.

In a lengthy and heartfelt tweet, the creator stated that he has been engaged in a long legal struggle with Square Enix and Arzest, the platform’s software developer, under the name Balan Company.

“According to the Documents,” The decision to remove him from the project was made on account of two disputes, said Naka.

The machine translation of the post provided by Nigel says:

“About six months before the release of Balan Wonderworld, I was removed from the role of director of the game by order, and then I sued Square Enix. Now that the lawsuit is over and the order has been removed, I’d like to tell you about it. […] According to the documents, they have been removed from the role of director twice. This was done by the producer, the advertising rep, the audio director, the new director in charge and the human resources department.”

Because the game’s final build was submitted without fixing a number of identified issues, his relationship with Arzest came to an end. Another issue was when a YouTuber was going to play the piano and release the song’s score for commercial purposes rather than using the original music.

Furthermore, he has now apologized to Balan Wonderworld fans who bought the game since it was released in March and opened up about the game’s final phases of production – which he can do following the conclusion of a lawsuit against Square Enix.

“I believe that Square Enix and Arzest are companies that care about neither games nor their fans.” – Yuji Naka

For Naka, the unfavorable critical reception of Balan Wonderworld was largely due to a lack of this method, with his remaining remarks on the thread mostly about how disappointed he is that the game was published as it was and ended up the way it did.

In July 2020, Yuji Naka and Naoto Ohshima of Nights Into Dreams and Sonic the Hedgehog creators announced a new game called Balan Wonderworld. In March 2021, Balan Wonderworld was released on several platforms; it was a commercial failure as well as a critical disaster. Naka stated that he left Square Enix just a few months later, adding that he would like to retire from the gaming industry.

“I’m deeply sorry to the customers who bought what I consider an unfinished Balan Wonderworld,” he said in a tweet.

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