Persona Director Teases Fans With Unannounced Titles

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

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Atlus’ future seems to be up in the air, as this month has saw the famed Japanese video game developer’s parent company being placed on the auction floor. However, the director of the Persona franchise, Katsura Hashino, has shown signs that his series doesn’t share the same uncertain fate.

In celebration for the upcoming Persona Music Fes, Hashino dropped a massive hint about “unannounced titles” in a blog post today, and how they are seemingly in development. He also does take time to apologize for the recent circumstances brought forth when Index Corporation found itself filing for bankruptcy.

In the blog post, Hashino promised that next year there will be many announcements as part of Atlus’ 25th anniversary celebration. He also explained that these unannounced titles that they are working on are “under zealous development”. The Persona team is definitely hard at work, but faces many problems, one which probably includes the unknown fate of Atlus itself. However, Hashino assured fans that he and his team have made sure that their focus would not be broken.

Hashino knows that the videogame industry is changing, but he believes that the Persona series has a great future in this evolving  market, one that will be both fun and stimulating.

For now, we will just have to wait and see where the Persona series is going to go next; but with the series’ director showing such confidence, the franchise’s future looks to be promising. Although Atlus’ fate is undetermined, the development of a Persona 5 was already hinted at, when Index Corporation registered the Persona5.jp domain. If Atlus’ recent troubles have effected this transaction by Index Corporation is unknown at the moment.

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  • Steven

    >Hashino
    >Hasino
    >Haino

    • Thedude3445

      Yeah there are a lot of typos and just plain weird sentences in this article…

  • Torchman007

    Wouldn’t be surprised if they showed it, but refrained from announcing consoles.

  • Persona 5, 3DS. Because they want it to actually sell.

    • Jonah Rosen

      Or they could put it on the PS3, because that works too.

    • Or they could not spend a ton of money on HD visuals and release it on the system that would save them some money since they don’t really have that much to start. Especially considering that SMT4 has sold as many copies in the four months it’s been out as P4 did in it’s entire run on PS2.

      JRPG’s that aren’t Final Fantasy don’t do very well on PS3. They’d be much better off on a handheld and considering the sales of the Vita, it’s obvious which handheld that should be.

    • Jonah Rosen

      And you haven’t seen Tales of Xillia yet if you say that games that aren’t Final Fantasy don’t sell well, cause I heard that game sold like hotcakes, or at least enough to meet it’s expected sales goal and then some.

    • Xillia has sold less copies than SMT4 and sold less than a third as many copies than the last Final Fantasy. You’re proving my point for me.

    • Jonah Rosen

      It still went over expected sales, which is good enough for me. Besides, Final Fantasy is a completely unfair comparison as even if the game(s) Square release is complete and under shit, it’s still going to get a million+ sales in the first week alone.

    • Going over expectations =! selling well, and last I checked this was a conversation about selling well. I’m really curious as to what you think a “handheld rpg” is and what the last one you played was, considering the fact that DQ9, SMT4, and P4G are all “handheld rpg’s” with as much if not more content as the current slate of console RPG’s. It’s much smarter IMO to save the money and put it on the 3DS, especially considering that the series has never once broke a million units sold.

    • Jonah Rosen

      It’s not about me liking Console over Hanheld just cause, I LOVE the handheld jrpg’s that you’ve listed, if you’ve seen my game collection, you’ll see that about 70% of it is handhelds, and there lies the problem. I want more games that I can enjoy on my big (64″) screen. I already have enough on the handheld.

      But on a financial level, I agree with what you’re saying.