Despite being embroiled in a legal battle over its development and negative reviews, Square Enix says it recommends Balan Wonderworld “with confidence”.
The game was brought up in a question-and-answer session during a company earnings briefing, during which an investor asked about ex-director Yuji Naka’s lawsuit against the company, which appears to have been filed after he was fired from the project.
Square Enix confirmed that Naka had a legal dispute with the company, but declined to provide further details. However, according to Bloomberg’s Takashi Mochizuki, Square Enix also commented on Balan Wonderworld itself, saying, “It’s a game that we recommend with confidence.”
Square Enix confirmed that there was a legal dispute with Yuji Naka but declined to comment further. As for Balan Wonderworld, “It’s a game that we recommend with confidence.” (from Q&A session during salary review)
— Takashi Mochizuki (@6d6f636869) May 13, 2022
Balan Wonderworld hasn’t had the best time in the spotlight. Naka left Square Enix after the game’s release last year and has been an independent developer ever since. Naka recently opened up about his time at Square Enix developing the game. He said that he had an internal conflict with co-developer Arzest and felt that Balan Wonderworld was submitted in an unfinished state. Also, Naka called the company and said, “I think Square Enix is no good.”
In IGN’s Balan Wonderworld review, we said, “It’s a jumble of raw concepts and clunky mechanics that slow it down to a crawl, and it seems to take inspiration from better games without really recapturing what they really enjoy.” .” In this context, Square Enix’s recommendation feels a bit misplaced.
In other Square Enix news, the company recently sold its western studios to Embracer Group to fund future projects like cloud services, AI, and most importantly, blockchain initiatives, the latest of which was voiced by Square Enix President Yosuke Matsuda is interested in pursuing.
George Yang is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @yinyangfooey
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