As was teased several days ago, Atlus had a big announcement about an upcoming, entirely new RPG series, but it’s not exactly what we were expecting.
Today, they announced that they’re creating a new internal development studio called Studio Zero, which will be led by Katsura Hashino, the director of Persona 5, Catherine and Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, to name a few.
They’ve also launched the official website for its new game, which is tentatively known as Project Re Fantasy, here. The official site lists the main staff working on the game, in addition to some concept art and the above video. Atlus said that Project Re Fantasy will “be a complete departure from the SMT and Persona series, and a return to the roots of where the Japanese games industry began with fantasy role-playing games.”
“We take seriously this goal of creating a game with the care and detail expected by the people who love ATLUS games and home console games,” Hashino said. “We haven’t determined yet what platform our new game will be, and I imagine this project will take a long time until completion. But we’ll be working hard at this challenge to truly deliver something new and incredible for all our fans.”
Atlus also said that artist Shigenori Soejima and composer Shoji Meguro will lend their talents on the new RPG while also maintaining “their responsibilities to the Persona series.”
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See the full press release below: