Balin Wonderworld is a disappointed most games, especially the one by Yuji Naka, the creator of Sonic the Hedgehog.
Now, Naka has taken to Twitter to reveal that not only has he been removed from his position as director of Balan Wonderworld about half a year before its March 2021 release, but he has also filed a lawsuit against the game’s publisher, Square Enix, for doing so. He said that now that the proceedings are over and he is no longer bound by the company’s rules, he is talking about what happened to him, translated by Twitter user Cheesemeister3K.
“I was fired as director of Balan Wonderworld about half a year before its release, so I filed a lawsuit against Square Enix. Now that the proceedings are over and I’m no longer bound by the company’s rules, I want to speak out.” #BalanWonderworld https://t.co/Ht0Zc9soBa
– Cheesemeister (@ Cheesemeister3k) April 28, 2022
“I think Square Enix doesn’t take the game seriously and its fans are wrong,” Naka wrote on Twitter, as translated by Cheesemeister. “According to court documents, I was removed from the position of director of Balan Wonderworld for two reasons. It is performed by the producer, the head of marketing, the head of the audio department, the CEO and HR. First, when a Youtuber’s arranged piano performance of the game’s music was released in a promo instead of the game’s original soundtrack, turning the composer into a ghostwriter, I insisted that The original track was released and this caused trouble.
“Secondly, according to court documents, [Naoto] Ohshima told the producer [Noriyoshi] Fujimoto that the relationship with Arzest was ruined due to my comment wanting to improve the game when Arzest submitted the game without fixing the bug. Also, in an email to Ohshima’s Fujimoto, he wrote: ‘I just told the staff about the delay of the demo. ” When I told them, ‘This is the product. Fujimoto’s decision. Do your best for him,’ the staff clapped and cheered. This was unexpected, and I was touched. The staff The staff has been down lately, but their morale has been restored. Thank you very much. All of us on the staff will work hard. So the schedule is not due to me, but to the family. production, however the tight schedule is the producer’s job. Something has gone off.”
Naka continued, saying that when releasing an original game, it’s a mistake to come up with a song arranged with promotional materials. He felt that the game music that people could hum were original music, not pieces arranged by someone other than a composer.
“I believe every effort must be made to make the game the best it can be until the very last minute so that fans of the game will enjoy what they buy,” Naka continued on Twitter. “It is not right for a director to say that without discussing, removing and completely removing from the project. Reposting, likes, etc on SNS and such has been banned, so I don’t think Square Enix takes game fans seriously. There are a lot of great comments and illustrations about Balan Wonderworld, and I’m really sorry I couldn’t react to them.
“Myself, I am truly sorry to the customers who purchased Balan Wonderworld in unfinished condition. From this point on, I’ll be able to react to posts that tag me or just directed at me on SNS and the like. I believe in game production it’s a good idea to ask for a fix to make something good, and if it’s not possible then talk back, but it seems like they can’t. I don’t think they take the game seriously”.
Naka takes Sonic the Hedgehog 2 as an example. He said that two weeks before the end of the game, it was changed so that as long as you have at least one ring, you will not die. This wouldn’t have happened had he not been allowed to improve the game to the last minute, said Naka.
“Improving a game to the last minute is what a game creator is all about, and if that can’t happen, then something has gone wrong,” wrote Naka, according to Cheesemeister. “I asked my attorney to negotiate so I could comment until the end of production, but their refusal led me to file a lawsuit. I think the outcome of Balan Wonderworld and the critical reception it received has a lot to do with what happened. I’m really disappointed that a project I’ve been working on has turned out like this.
“Personally, I regret that Balan Wonderworld was released to the world in an unfinished state. I want to look at everything and release it as a proper action game. I don’t think Square Enix and Arzest take their games and their fans very seriously.”
It’s unclear what the outcome of Naka’s lawsuit will be, but it’s clear he can now speak publicly about Balan Wonderworld, something he said he was unable to do before.