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- Not to be confused with Yasuhiro "Yas" Takagi.
|Date of birth: 1965-10-12 (age 54)|
|Role(s): Designer, director|
|Education: Tokyo University of Science (Engineering)|
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Hirokazu Yasuhara (安原 広和) was game and level designer for Sega. He remained the chief map designer for the early Sonic the Hedgehog games all the way through Sonic R in 1997, and the shelved Sonic X-treme. He continued to give his design expertise to Sega of America projects, such as the 2001 Floigan Bros.. Between Sonic R and Flogain Bros. he got money from Sega of Japan to be involved in Disney rides and attractions.
In 2008, Yasuhara departed Naughty Dog to take up a job at Namco Bandai America, where he worked on Pac-Man Party, which released in 2010.
In 2012, Yasuhara was hired by Nintendo Software Technology Corporation, a US-based division of the company of the same name best known for developing the Mario vs. Donkey Kong games.
He has worked with the Education team of Unity Technology Japan to create game-design educational materials since 2016.
|“||I was opposed to [Sega's] decision to create games that use 'Sonic-something' so that they can sell it easily. I wanted to make good games, not any games that used the Sonic character in a haphazard way.||„|
— Yasuhara on his work on the Traveller's Tales-developed Sonic titles
- Hirokazu Yasuhara on Twitter
- Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator Hirokazu Yasuhara joins Nintendo (April 4, 2012)
- Classic Game Postmortem: 'Sonic the Hedgehog' (PDF version)