Atlus’ new development team Studio Zero may have debuted with Project Re Fantasy, but that’s not the only project this team is working on. Revealed by a 4Gamer.net interview (and translated by Gematsu), studio boss Katsura Hashino has stated that the team is working on another title. Hashino, however, didn’t reveal much about the other project.
Here is Gematsu’s quote of the interview:
“Studio Zero was by no means formed to only work on fantasy titles,” Hashino told the website. “Other than the existing fantasy [game], there is another project in motion.”
The interviewer, freelance writer Mafia Kajita, responded with surprise. “Ooh, seriously?!”
Hashino replied, “I cannot share details yet, but we’re preparing for it to make you say, ‘What, you’re doing that, too!?’ I think we’ll be able to show everyone that one first. Of course, I hope everyone can look also forward to future information on Project Re Fantasy, so thank you in advance.”
Judging by Hashino’s wording, it seems as though this other unannounced project might be quite different from Project Re Fantasy.
While we may not have heard much about this second project, you can learn more about Re Project Fantasy below:
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.
We will be sure to keep you updated as more information becomes available!