The Sonic programmer says he's now making a small mobile game on his own.
That's unfortunate, but not unexpected. Balan was a massive flop.
Hopefully he can find a good team. He still has a knack for creating charming characters and worlds, but that only shines with the right team.
and when youre not overambitious and make a game into a clownfest. what did he want again? 100+ characters with all their own abilities and kits or something, thats just doomed to fail or be mediocre at best.
Good luck to him.
I think Yuji Naka can work as long as he isn´t the head of the project and he isn´t surrounded by yes men, because he can think interesting concepts, however once he has to make them a reality, they struggle.
No one to blame but himself.
Yuji Naka finished his golden age decades ago unfortunately.
I hope he can come back to console games soon
I'm glad he's not leaving the industry. Some of the reason Baland was so broken was bad outsourcing most of the game, so maybe a more intimate environment will be a improvement.
Well, it was a horrible game. This guy hasn't made a good game in a LONG time. Doubt this will help. But here's hoping I guess.
So is it going going to be actual indie, or smart phone indie?
There are quite a few veterens and "legends" behind legendary video games that for some reason go on to making such subpar or end up making mobile games later on after leaving the company they were originally at. Keiji inafune, the original harvest moon guy, sakaguchi, etc. Even kojima made a game that was just average. Lets you know that its mostly about the team rather than just the one guy.
Balan Wonderworld was such an interesting concept. I was genuinely excited to try it. Then I played the demo. Absolutely horrifying gameplay, no idea what was going on in the story. The worst game I played in recent memory.
I was actually excited for the game, but that demo really turned me off and it's a good thing I did play it, I haven't played a game that bad in a long time. Hopefully Yuji Naka gets a good team that flesh out his ideas and make a much better game.
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