According to police, Naoto is said to have become increasingly frustrated with the handling of the Sonic character. Ratings for Sonic games since the mid-1990s have consistently dropped year after year, and consumers cite quality issues. A former Sonic Team employee (who chooses to remain anonymous) has said management became concerned only with money, and focused on getting sub-par games out the door as fast as possible.
Naoto left Sega in 1998 after becoming upset with how the company was being run. He, along with other former Sega-ites, formed Artoon, a company which later released a variety of games on several systems, including Yoshi's Island 2 for the Nintendo DS.
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Naoto is being held on a ¥100,000,000 bond (approx. $1.2 million USD). He is expected to face trial in May, and could face up to 50 years in prison, or the equivalent in torture (as an example, one year of prison can be paid off by watching every Twilight movie, one after another. None have been known to survive this).
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