Arzest developers are airing their dirty laundry? What? Nobody from Arzest has said a thing about this. I have seen no airing of anything from them. Naka, on the other hand... Broadly what Sonic Team produced... targeting a single console produced by the company that owned them, before Artoon was even a thing... was better than what Artoon produced later? Sure. Broadly what Artoon and Arzest have produced is better than anything Sonic Team under Yuji Naka produced since Artoon was a thing. Sonic Heroes wasn't excellent, but it's probably the best thing "Sonic Team under Yuji Naka" has made since Artoon's first release (although I think Billy Hatcher should get that crown personally). Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic '06 (yes he left halfway through but it wasn't going great at that point either) are considerably less than excellent. For what it's worth, I don't think Naka was trying to push extreme crunch time on developers. It's more likely that what happened was that he wanted the game to have more development time (yes, it did need it) and was kicking up a fuss constantly complaining about it, with the devs looking at him like "dude you're gonna get the whole thing cancelled we want to eat".