Yuji Naka, founding Sonic the Hedgehog developer, has joined Square Enix

The “godfather of Sonic” is now under the house that built Final Fantasy

While he's not now attached to any announced projects, he says he aims "to develop an enjoyable game" at his new employer. Working alongside stage designer Hirokazu Yasuhara and character creator Naoto Ohshima, Yuji Naka was lead programmer for the legendary flagship title.

Naka joined Sega in 1983, working on early dating sim Girl's Garden and RPG Phantasy Star, among others. The studio worked on several mobile games, as well as titles for the Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. "I aim to develop an enjoyable game, please look forward to it". Yuji Naka's new role in Square Enix is already in effect.

Naka has announced the news via Twitter, where he has posted the following message: "Just a quick note to let you know, I joined SQUARE ENIX in January".

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Naka served as programmer on a whole range of classic SEGA games, including notable greats like Alex Kidd in Miracle World for the Master System and was Lead Programmer on the Sonic the Hedgehog series for the SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis.

I%u2019m joining game development as before, and strive to develop games at SQUARE ENIX.

Naka-san did not provide any further information on the game he is planning, but it's certainly intriguing to see him work on the development side once more.

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