Creator of Sonic the Hedgehog releases his first self-made hyper-casual game

Yuji Naka, the co-creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, one of the legends of most of us’ childhood, recently released his first hyper-casual game.
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Yuji Naka

Yuji Naka, a veteran of the game industry, entered the mobile game market by developing Shot2048, a hyper-casual game, by himself. Known as the co-creator of Sonic the Hedgehog, Naka worked at Sega and Square Enix, then founded his own game studio, Prope.

In addition to Sonic, Naka has also worked on different games such as NiGHTS Into Dreams, Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg and Balan Wonderworld. When asked how the decision to develop a hyper-casual game came about, Naka said:

“I love making character-led action games with different people, but I can’t draw well enough to do it alone, so I decided to make a hyper-casual game.”

Naka stated that despite his 37 years of industry experience, he was unable to find a job after leaving Square Enix, and this encouraged him to develop Shot2048 on his own.

Shot2048 took about six months to develop, and Naka says the idea to create a mobile game came from conversations with her kids. The game’s object is to hit the numbered polyhedrons the same number of times to reach 2048 points eventually.

Naka continued his speech with the following words;

“It’s easy to make a hyper-casual game, but it’s hard to make the features around it for release, such as device support, billing, advertising, sharing, reviews, et cetera. I think mobile games will become more and more popular in the future. If I can find some ideas for the next one, I might make another one.”

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