Project Re Fantasy Articles RSS Feed | Project Re Fantasy RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Project Re Fantasy Gets New Concept Art, Video and Website Sat, 24 Dec 2016 05:12:39 -0500 Danny21_2396

After Atlus' livestream on Nico Nico Douga, we now know a little bit more about Project Re Fantasy, the studio's new medieval fantasy RPG project. For one, Studio Zero now have their own website, where gamers will able to find every bit of information about the studio and the game they'd ever want to know. There's also a message from Katsura Hashino, the game's Producer and Director, some beautiful artwork for the game and a concept video at the end.

For those of you who don't know Japanese, here's Katsura's message translated in full:

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.

Also, if you think you got what it takes to help Studio Zero with the game's development, Atlus is currently recruiting staff for the project. If you're near Sangenjaya in Setagayaku, Tokyo, you can apply for the position here.

As the game is still in its early stage of production, Atlus and Studio Zero can't confirm when, or on which platform, gamers will see the game. Even the concept video above doesn't show any footage of the game, but talks more about the concept and challenge of making an unorthodox game. But Atlus has stated that they will make a game that only Atlus and the Studio Zero team can make. And we can be sure they won't let us down.

Stay tuned on GameSkinny for more info about Project Re Fantasy.

Atlus Made a New Studio Specifically for a New Franchise Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:45:02 -0500 Danny21_2396

If there's one game company who isn't afraid of breaking new grounds with a game, Atlus is definitely one of them. Not being content with Persona and the Shin Megami Tensei series -- even after they've made many spinoffs to the franchises --  Atlus recently announced a brand new IP made by a brand new studio.

The game is currently labeled as Project Re Fantasy, which will be an RPG in a fantasy medieval setting. Studio Zero is Atlus' new production studio, led by Persona series' Director/ Producer Katsura Hashino, tasked with developing the game.

As the project is still new, not a lot of detail can be dug up, though we know who the key players in the Studio Zero team are. Aside from Katsura Hashino, the line-up is strengthened by artist Shigenori Soejima and composer Shoji Meguro. All of them are key players in the Persona franchise, so we can likely expect a heavy Persona-like feel in this game.

Apparently, Atlus will host a livestream over at Nico Nico Douga on December 23rd 08:00 PM JST to share more about the game.

Atlus' Director Naota Hiraoka and Katsura Hirano recently had an interview with the Famitsu magazine, where they shared a little bit more info on the game. Unfortunately, they have yet to specify details about it, such as the platform(s) that they're planning to release the game on.

Hiraoka said that the reason behind the new IP is that Atlus wanted the Persona series' staff to be more active, without having to be restricted within the Persona series. He also said that both Meguro and Soejima will continue to participate centrally in the Persona series.

Hashino said that the reason they chose medieval fantasy is because Atlus has always put an importance in making games contrary to the orthodox way of doing things. When fantasy was the norm, they made series set in the modern setting. Now that modern settings are popular, they're going back to older fantasy.

The studio also always had the idea of challenging the orthodox genre with something that only Atlus and its characteristics can do. Project Re Fantasy is the result of that idea.

Hashino also said that the cover illustration isn't necessarily the protagonist's illustration.

We'll keep you informed with more details as they emerge. Stay tuned!