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Persona 6: What To Expect From Atlus and P Studio?

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Atlus has already confirmed that the Persona 6 is already in the works as they plan to do something better than Persona 5. However, Persona director Katsura Hashino has already handed off  the series to his successors to make another project. What can we expect this coming Persona 6?

Persona 6 is Confirmed

According to Persona Central’s translation of Chinese site GNN Gamer’s interview with Hashino, the director has also confirmed that “the next step (for Persona 6) is already in preparation, so stay tuned.”

At best, fans can expect the next entry does exist for the Persona series. Atlus has yet to openly discuss any content information or release window details about Persona 6.

No Hashino On Persona 6

Hashino confirms on PlayStation Blog about passing on the Persona series to his successors. Previously, Persona’s long-time director has confirmed to helm the “Project Re:Fantasy” game with Persona’s Shigenori Soejima and Shoji Meguro. Overall, fans who’re looking forward for Hashino’s directing style in the past three Persona entries might not be seen in Persona 6.

Successors

Persona 6’s director still isn’t confirmed as of yet. However, fans shouldn’t worry as Atlus released many Persona games outside of Hashino’s direction which generates many candidates for the next game. Hashino’s “successors” could possibly be other P Studio employees particularly, Kazuhisa Wada, Daisuke Kanada, Naoya Maeda, Hirokazu Tohyama and Atsushi Kitajoh. Leading a Persona game is daunting task as fans follow the series not only for its stories but for its stylish visuals and great music.

Wada has previously directed some Persona spinoffs like Persona 4 Arena fighting games, and the Persona 4 Dancing All Night. Meanwhile, Kanada directed Persona Q: Shadows of the Labyrinth. Maeda  was Persona 5’s lead model designer and Tohyama was the game’s lead interface programmer and programming manager for Persona 5. Lastly, Kitajoh has long been working with Meguro for Persona music since the first Persona 4. At best, the P Studio is still equipped with able hands to make Persona 6 even if Hashino, Soejima and Meguro are out of the project.

Studio Zero

Currently, Persona’s known figureheads like Hashino, Soejima, and Meguro are now working on another division of Atlus called “Studio Zero.” This new studio will be working on “Atlus’ vision of continuous innovation” which could mean brand new Atlus IPs. Project Re:Fantasy poses itself as a “medieval fantasy RPG” which was  a common JRPG setting back in the early 80s-90s but rarely used by large Japanese companies nowadays. It’s premature to say that the Persona team will put this game off due to lack of official details. However, we’ll be sure that they’ll deliver a similar style and quality basing from the Persona titles that they’ve worked on.

Persona 6 On Its Own

Hashino’s message flatly confirms him out of Persona 6 unless he takes on a minor role in the project. Meanwhile, an Atlus press release last December 2016 confirms that Soejima and Meguro will still help out in future Persona projects while working on Project Re:Fantasy. Overall, the only aspect that might heavily be changed in Persona 6 is its story.

The next Persona 6 director has similar assets and manpower as Hashino but it’ll be up to the new director’s style if this is properly utilized. Atlus did promise that Persona 6 will surpass Persona 5 so the quality must hold up. For now, fans will have to patiently wait for more announcement and details about Persona 6. Large, upcoming video game expos like E3, Gamescom, and Tokyo Game Show this year may have clues if Atlus shows up on these shows.

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