Yuji Naka, former head of Sega’s Sonic Team and creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, doesn’t want to make a new Sonic title. “Right now, I want to create new things. Even if I had the opportunity to create some kind of new Sonic game, I think that’s best kept within Sega,” explained Naka in an interview with Siliconera.
Naka is currently the head of Prope, a game studio funded in part by Sega to support independent game creators. In the interview, Naka shares some insight as to how he goes about creating game characters. hinting that Prope’s next major game character will be based on an animal.
Above: Just so you don't get their smiles mixed up: Sonic the Hedgehog (left), Yuji Naka (right)
“When I create a game I think about how kids will enjoy it. So, that may be why I may have a tendency of using characters based on animal. Also, when I’m walking around in the day and I see an interesting animal I think about what kind of game I could create with them. I’m constantly thinking of those things,” says Naka.
When asked if he’s seen any interesting animals lately, Naka laughed, and said, “That I can’t answer. The reason why I can’t is because the game we’re developing is based on that animal I thought was interesting.”
Source: Siliconera via CVG
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