Atlus Announcing New Fantasy RPG on December 23

Atlus Announcing New Fantasy RPG on December 23

Atlus' new Studio Zero is working on something that's not Persona or Etrian Odyssey.

Atlus has teased the announcement of a new fantasy RPG, with an upcoming Niconico livestream happening on December 23, 2016. The game is being developed by a new production studio within Atlus, called Studio Zero. The new studio is led by Persona 5 director Katsura Hashino, who will be directing and producing the new game. Persona 5 character designer Shigenori Soejima will be handling the designs for the new game and did the artwork for the teaser image.

"25 years ago, the Atlus RPG uttered its first cry. Speaking of RPGs in those days, the stories in so-called 'fantasy' worlds were mainstream," wrote Hashino on the teaser site for the game, at the very cool url RPG.jp (translation via Gematsu). "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, in addition to continuing the titles within those series, what will our approach to a new RPG be? That is, to challenge the norms of the genre gamers have been consuming for decades. The challenge is about to begin. We would be happy if you would stand by for the moment we began from zero and the moment we began our challenge from zero."

The next issue of Weekly Famitsu will offer up more details on the new title. The magazine will have an interview with Hashino and Atlus consumer software department supervisor Naoto Hiraoka.

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