Famed game designer Yu Suzuki, known for helming the Outrun, Space Harrier, and Shenmue franchises
, is still working with Sega Corp, according to new information provided by Sega representatives.
Yesterday, as part of Gamasutra's in-depth interview
on the state of everything Sega, Sega of America president Simon Jeffery was asked for specifics on the notable, but recently low-profile creator.
At the time, Jeffery noted of Suzuki: "He's kind of his own man right now. Every now and again, he'll come up with an idea, and I don't think anything has come out of that yet, but we're still working with him. He's not an employee anymore..." -- adding when Gamasutra asked for clarification on whether he was employed at Sega, "not as far as I know."
"I can safely say that Yu Suzuki is in fact still a Sega employee," said Jeffrey in a corrective statement made to Gamasutra today, adding that Suzuki "...is a Creative Officer of Sega Corp."
Suzuki has largely been under the radar in recent years, famously working on Shenmue Online
in China for a number of years, and heading a prototype-only arcade title called Psy Phi
for Sega in 2006.
His last known credit is more contemporary, though. He reportedly worked on Sega Race TV
, a late 2007 Lindbergh arcade board-based racing title. The game, which featured link play and running AI commentary throughout the races, was also released in Western markets.