Yuji Naka has reportedly been arrested as part of the Square Enix insider


Former Sonic Team head and Sonic the Hedgehog programmer FNN Prime Online reports that Naka is now the latest suspenct in a case regarding insider trading surrounding a new Dragon Quest game.

On Thursday two former Square Enix employees were arrested in Tokyo as part of a suspected insider trading scheme.

Taisuke Sazaki and Fumiaki Suzuki were arrested for acquiring stock in Japanese developer Aiming, shortly before it was announced that it was working on a new Dragon Quest game.

The two reportedly purchased around ¥47 million ($336,300) of stock in Aiming, just before it was publicly confirmed that it was developing mobile title Dragon Quest Tact.

Now, according to FNN, the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors’ Office’s Special Investigation Department has also arrested Naka for a similar potential infringement.

It’s alleged that before Dragon Quest Tact was announced, Naka – who was working on Yuji Naka has reportedly been arrested as part of the Square Enix insider trading investigation

Square Enix is Yuji Naka’s former employer, where he helmed critical failure Balan Wonderland before his departure from the company last year.

However, development on Balan went so poorly that Naka would later sue Square Enix, claiming he was removed from the project six months before release.

Naka first spoke out against Balan Wonderworld’s development in April, in an explosive series of tweets.

“Game creators are supposed to improve their games until the very end, and I believe that it is wrong to prevent them from carrying out this goal,” Naka wrote in April, translated by VGC.

“I asked my lawyer to negotiate with our business partners to at least allow me to address issues on Balan Wonderworld’s development until the very…



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