Naka announced this on Twitter. In a long post on Twitter telling us what happened. Naka was unable to comment on this earlier due to the ongoing case which is now over. Although Naka does not want to reveal the outcome of the lawsuit, he details why he was removed from the project.
First, when a YouTuber arranged a piano performance for the game’s music, a promotion was released instead of the game’s original track, leaving the composer behind. ghost writer I insisted on releasing the original track and that caused problems,” says Naka.
He then tells Naka that disagreements arose between him and developer Arzest. Naka is said to have made comments about the state of the game. Arzest allegedly rendered the game without fixing any known bugs. Naka also apologizes for the game’s condition: “I’m really sorry for the customers who bought Balan Wonderworld in unfinished condition.”
Balan Wonderworld appeared in 2021 and was very poorly received. The PS5 version scores 51/100 on Metacritic while the Switch version averages just 36/100. Yuji Naka has now started his own studio where he is working on a game for smartphones.
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