Atlus has released the first details and image of a new RPG, currently known only as Project Re Fantasy, in the latest issue of Famitsu, ahead of a full unveiling later this week.
Although best known for their work in the Persona and Shin Megami Tensei series, this new game, like 2011’s Catherine, will be unrelated to those core franchises. Indeed, the interview (via Siliconera) suggests that the project represents a radical departure for the developer, moving away from the modern settings of its other games in favour of a more traditional fantasy world. Through this shift, the team intends to challenge the tropes common to the fantasy genre, though the interviewees, studio director Naota Hiraoka and director/producer Katsura Hashino, do not elaborate on what is meant by this statement.
To achieve this goal, the developer has opened a new studio, called Studio Zero, and drafted in several personnel who have long worked been a part of Atlus, including Hashino, artist Shigenori Soejima, and composer Shoji Meguro. Despite their new commitments, however, these staff members will continue to contribute to future entries in the Persona series.
The only image released so far (embedded above) represents the game’s intended visual style, though the character has not yet been confirmed as the protagonist. Further details on Project Re Fantasy are unavailable at this point in time, but Atlus will reveal more during a livestream set to take place at 8:00 p.m. JST on December 23, with a large-scale recruitment drive set to begin two hours later.
The interview also promises that Atlus is currently working on other games, set to be announced shortly after the new year. The developer’s next title, Persona 5, is scheduled to launch worldwide on April 4, 2017.
OnlySP will provide more details on Project Re Fantasy and other future Atlus titles as they become available.