JRPG maker Atlus – better known for the Persona and Shin Megami Tensei franchises – has started a new development team called Studio Zero. The team just announced that they’re working on a new fantasy RPG project, with more details to come in a Niconico livestream on December 24, 12AM NZT.
The game will not be related to Persona, nor Shin Megami Tensei.
Other details are expected to arrive later this week with the Famitsu’s next issue. The magazine will have an interview with Persona 5 director and Studio Zero lead Katsura Hashino, who will also act as the new game’s producer and director.
Some artwork for the project has also been released (via Famitsu), from Persona 5 character designer Shigenoro Soejima.
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. 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.
— Katsura Hashino, producer and game director
We’ll keep you updated as more news becomes available.