As expected, Atlus held a livestream today and revealed more information about Studio Zero’s upcoming fantasy role-playing game Project Re Fantasy. The major reveals include a concept video (which can be seen embedded above), and the current staff that is working on the role-playing game. Atlus also went out of their way to explain that P-Studio, the team that does the Persona games, will continue to work on that series.
Persona 5 and Catherine director Katsura Hasino will head the studio and direct Project Re Fantasy. Here’s a translated statement (courtesy of Gematsu) from him about the upcoming title, and why he chose the fantasy direction:
25 years ago, the Atlus RPG uttered its first cry. Speaking of RPGs in those days, the stories of morality in so-called medieval fantasies 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 how will Atlus, which has been creating counters to such eras, approach a new RPG? That is, to challenge the norms of the genre users have already been consuming for decades in various media on a regular basis.
So, we have succeeded at contemporary drama so far, but the next RPG theme is nothing other than a return to a “true fantasy world.” We firmly believe that to make this beautiful gaming experience, going somewhere among all the games made about overflowing fantasy worlds only we can go, is a counter to the current era. As only the creators of Shin Megami Tensei and Persona can do, we’ll offer players all around the world a “true journey” based on the themes and essence at the foundation of those two titles. By all means, please come and witness this challenge.
Platforms are still to be determined for Project Re Fantasy, but it’s expected to release for home consoles. We’ll have more as it’s revealed. Atlus implores gamers to check out the game’s official website for more.