ATLUS’ Studio Zero to include developer’s top talent, Project Re Fantasy in earliest stages of development, platform is yet to be decided.
Yesterday we reported that ATLUS Japan had announced the formation of a new internal development studio and that the team’s first project would be a new fantasy role-playing game IP. Today ATLUS USA shined new light on the studio and its impressive pedigree of industry veterans, along with a few more details on their upcoming project.
As was previously announced, the studio will indeed be called Studio Zero, and the team’s logo tells a story in itself. It features the number 0, the “Fool” arcana for tarot cards – the void from which all other things begin – and punctuated with the imagery of a young child on a journey. The team itself will be headed by Katsura Hashino, the director of’ Persona 5, Catherine, Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne. Other notable names associated with the new studio and their upcoming release, which is being developed under the code-named Project Re Fantasy, include Persona composer Shoji Meguro and longtime Shin Megami Tensei and Persona series artist Shigenori Soejima. If you’ve been following ATLUS’ work for over the past few decades then it’s plain to see from this stable of talent that they’re taking this project very seriously.
Details on the game are scarce. However, we do know is that Project Re Fantasy is in the very early stages of development and will be a departure from the Shin Megami Tensei and Persona franchises. Project Re Fantasy will be a return to the genre’s fantasy role-playing game roots. However, despite this return to form, ATLUS noted in their announcement the team’s commitment to challenging genre conventions, so we can imagine the title will be sure to throw a some unique and interesting curve balls our way when it’s finally released.
However, it will likely be quite some time before we get to see the fruits of their labor. As of the time of this writing, Mr. Hashino noted that the development platform has yet to be decided. Suffice to say, the release of Project Re Fantasy is likely a few years off.
“We take seriously this goal of creating a game with the care and detail expected by the people who love ATLUS games and home console games,” said Hashino. “We haven’t determined yet what platform our new game will be, and I imagine this project will take a long time until completion. But we’ll be working hard at this challenge to truly deliver something new and incredible for all our fans.”
It’s obvious ATLUS is pooling their A-list talent into this endeavor. Here’s hoping Studio Zero is given all the time they need to make this release the best it can be. Considering the talent who’ve been tapped to take on the project, our expectations have been set pretty high. In any case, we can’t wait to see how the game’s development shapes up over the coming year. And you can be sure we’ll be keeping you posted as all new details regarding Project Re Fantasy are announced.
So, what do you hope to see from Project Re Fantasy? Are you happy to hear that this will be a fantasy RPG? Or were you hoping to see something different from this release? As always, we love to hear what you’re thinking. Be sure to sound off in the comments below and let us know your thoughts on this exciting news from ATLUS.