Atlus is cooking up an original fantasy RPG that’s outside its popular Persona and Shin Megami Tensei lines. This one is being developed in a new Atlus production studio called Studio Zero, and the official announcement is set for a December 23 Niconico live stream.
Persona 5 director Katsura Hashino is directing and producing the project, which we should have more info on soon as leaks begin to surface. The official Studio Zero website went up with a message from Hashino (in English courtesy of Gematsu) about the project:
25 years ago, the Atlus RPG uttered its first cry. Speaking of RPGs in those days, the stories in so-called “fantasy” worlds were mainstream. The Shin Megami Tensei series was released as an “opposition” to such a “common” world view, and the Persona series was released as its spin-off. Both series, even today in their latest entries, have always been made with the concept that it will be a counter to the times. And now, in addition to continuing the titles within those series, what will our approach to a new RPG be? That is, to challenge the norms of the genre gamers have been consuming for decades. The challenge is about to begin. We would be happy if you would stand by for the moment we began from zero and the moment we began our challenge from zero.
In the meantime, the first piece of artwork by Persona artist Shigenori Soejima was shared:
Source: Famitsu via Gematsu
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