Atlus Reveals 'Project Re Fantasy: A Fool's Journey Begins' Fantasy RPG

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Katsura Hashino's new "Studio Zero" studio develops game

Japanese video game developer Atlus revealed its new fantasy role-playing game project under the codename Project Re Fantasy: A Fool's Journey Begins during a livestream event on Friday.

The livestream event streamed a concept video that featured the phrase "return to the starting point."

Atlus started the stream with the game's character designer Shigenori Soejima (Persona series) drawing an illustration for the new game.

The stream also featured video comments from other famed Japanese video game creators, including KOEI Tecmo Games' Kou Shibusawa and Nihon Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo. Both creators talked about their thoughts on Atlus and cheered Atlus on in the new venture.

Famitsu had revealed on Tuesday that it would reveal a new role-playing game unrelated to its flagship Shin Megami Tensei series or Persona series, and previewed an illustration for the project by Soejima.

The new "Studio Zero" division in Atlus, headed by producer/director Katsura Hashino (Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, Persona 3, 4, and 5), is handling the project. Shoji Meguro (Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, Persona 3, 4, and 5) is serving as sound composer. On Studio Zero's official website, Hashino describes the project as Atlus' attempt at challenging what is commonly accepted in the genre of fantasy RPGs, in contrast with the Shin Megami Tensei series, which he noted as having been originally conceived with the notion of going against "common" fantasy RPGs.

Atlus recently released Persona 5 — the latest installment in the spinoff series of its Shin Megami Tensei RPGs — in Japan on September 15. Atlus will ship the game in the West on April 4.

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