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Square Enix still recommends Balan Wonderworld “with confidence” despite recent lawsuit

After the recent news that Naka sued the developer, in its recent earnings call Square Enix still said it would recommend the game. Developer Square Enix briefly touched on Balan Wonderworld during its recent full-year earnings call, after the game’s director Yuji Naka recently discussed his lawsuit against the company. Last month, Naka revealed that he had sued Square Enix over issues he faced regarding the development of Balan Wonderworld. But during the company’s recent earnings call, it said that “it is a game we recommend with confidence,” after confirming that it had been involved in a lawsuit with Naka….

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Balan Wonderworld and Sonic lead Yuji Naka says Square Enix “do not care about games”

Theatrical 3D platformer Balan Wonderworld released last year to dismal reviews, despite familiar names like former Sonic Team head Yuji Naka at the helm. Last week Naka took to Twitter to air his displeasure at Square Enix’s treatment of him and the game, concluding by saying that he believes “Square Enix and Arzest are companies that do not care about games and game fans.” Read more

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Former Sega producer alleges Yuji Naka killed promising Star Fox-like Dreamcast game

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. There was also talk of poaching tech and layoffs. Cutthroat practices aren’t anything new to the business world, but you don’t normally hear about them when they happen within a single company. That’s exactly what former Sega producer Mark Subotnick alleges happened at his former company in the latest episode of The Retro Hour Podcast. (Thanks for the reporting, NintendoLife!) As part of the episode titled “Dreamcast: Where It Went Wrong”, Subotnick detailed the time he was working on a…

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The Biggest Gaming Disappointments Of 2021

Hell-year 2021 is almost over. It’s been a terrible year for more reasons than I can count. Pondering all the bad, disappointing, or just plain sad news that transpired within the video game industry alone is enough to make you want to jump into bed, hide under the covers, and binge on TikTok, candy, and/or Animal Crossing until you pass out. But instead of running and hiding, let’s take a moment to look back at just how awful 2021 really was, examining some of the biggest disappointments, worst trends, and just plain not-great news this monster of a year threw…

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Balan Wonderworld director Yuji Naka has departed Square Enix

By Stephany Nunneley 5 June 2021 16:26 GMT Balan Wonderworld director, and Sonic the Hedgehog creator, Yuji Naka is no longer with Square Enix.Naka announced on Twitter today he that was no longer with Square Enix, and had left the company at the end of April. Watch on YouTube“I resigned from Square Enix at the end of April,” Naka said in the tweet (thanks, Gematsu). “While I cannot share the reason right now, I hope to be able to discuss it when the time comes. As for what I’ll do in the future, I’m already 55 years old, so I…

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Balan Wonderworld, the new platformer from some Sonic creators, is out now

Opening night is here, kids. The theater-themed 3D platformer Balan Wonderworld makes its debut today including the talents of former Sonic Team heads Yuji Naka and Naota Ohshima. Your small heroes Emma and Leo collect and swap costumes that give them new abilities to battle and puzzle through each area either solor or in co-op. They’ve got over 80 costumes to find, and some of these worlds look downright weird. Read more

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Balan Wonderworld is getting a huge day one patch to address demo concerns

After some roundly negative feedback to the Balan Wonderworld demo that was made available in January, Square Enix has confirmed that the game is getting a huge day one patch.Square Enix has shared a new letter from Balan Wonderworld producer Noriyoshi Fujimoto that explains what developer Balan Company is doing to implement changes into the game after the demo it released in January 2021 was met with near-universal criticism.If you’re picking up the game for launch on Steam for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S on March 26, you can expect to download a significant day…

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Balan Wonderworld demo coming to all platforms next week

Square Enix has announced a free demo will be released next week for Balan Wonderworld.The Balan Wonderworld demo will be available to play from January 28, allowing players to experience two hours of gameplay ahead of its release on March 26.It can be played with friends and family in local co-op mode or in single-player mode and will be available on each platform that the full game will be released on.This means you will be able to play it on Steam for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.Two players can explore the game as the stars…