November 26, 2022

Yuji Naka, the legendary Sega designer who co-created Sonic the Hedgehog, has been arrested in Japan and charged with insider buying and selling, FNN studies (through Kotaku).

Naka, 57, was one in every of three online game creatives caught in a Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Workplace sweep. Legislation enforcement officers allege that in 2020, whereas Naka labored at Dragon Quest developer Sq. Enix, he purchased inventory in a studio known as Aiming proper earlier than it was introduced as the house of a brand new Dragon Quest sport, Tact.

Naka is accused of shopping for 10,000 Aiming shares for ¥2.8 million, or about $20,000. Taisuke Sazaki, a veteran of Ultimate Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts video games, is accused of shopping for shares value round $188,000, and one other worker, Fumiaki Suzuki, allegedly bought inventory value about $150,000.

The three males purportedly acquired the shares within the hope of promoting them for a revenue as soon as Aiming introduced Dragon Quest: Tact. It has not been publicly reported in the event that they did full the sale, or how a lot cash they may have made, however they’ve been charged with insider buying and selling below Japan’s Monetary Devices and Trade Act.

Naka’s final challenge with Sq. Enix was the 2021 3D platformer Balan Wonderworld, which based on Metacritic obtained typically unfavorable evaluations. After the sport’s launch Naka left Sq. Enix and filed a lawsuit in opposition to his former employer, alleging he had been faraway from the challenge six months earlier than its debut and hadn’t been allowed to repair the numerous apparent issues.

His most well-known creation continues to dominate worldwide field places of work after April’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2 grossed over $400 million on a finances of about $100 million. Paramount and Sega have already introduced Sonic 3 and a Knuckles spin-off.

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