At the tail-end of April, we learned that Yuji Naka took Square Enix to court over Balan Wonderworld. Naka was removed from the project, and claimed Square Enix released a game they knew was broken, buggy, and downright unfinished. This topic of discussion came up during an investor Q&A with Square Enix, and their response was rather confusing.
First off, Square Enix did confirm that they’re in a lawsuit with Yuji Naka over Balan Wonderworld, but declined to comment any further on that aspect of the story. Then what of Balan Wonderworld itself? Square Enix said, “it is a game that we recommend with confidence.”
Players certainly don’t feel that same confidence, as there has been widespread coverage of the game’s rough state since the demo released. There’s definitely a good game in there somewhere, but Balan Wonderworld needs a lot more time in the oven before it would be ready for consumption. Square Enix clearly has no plans to overhaul the title, so you’re stuck with what Naka claims is an unfinished title.