Things Will Finally Calm Down At Atlus This Spring, Says Persona Director

By Sato . March 5, 2014 . 12:31pm

We recently got a look at the first episode of the Persona talk show, “Persona Stalker Club” featuring voice actress Tomomi Isomura and freelance writer Mafia Kajita. Additionally, Persona series chief director Katsura Hashino has shared a message about the show on the series’ official blog.


Hello, this is Hashino of the Persona Team.


I have a feeling that some might ask, “why these two?” but [I’m glad] I was able to get such genuine people. While there are many shows for games, [these two] know their products, play them, love them, and above all, they can clearly express themselves.


I believe that having such people as our two hosts will further spread the excitement, and maybe become part of the community… at least that’s what I hope for.


The concept behind the program is “audience participation with the player community, and respecting the perspective of all fans”. If it weren’t for us being able to persuade the two hosts, this most likely would’ve never happened.


Our territory lies within game development, but we had this ridiculous request of wanting to have something that could make fans happy and we had plans and ideas for a “super lighthearted program” where anything could happen. And these two are really wonderful people, so I’m really grateful that they’ve accepted this.


On our side, we were able to make small contributions such as helping them out with the program’s logo and costume designs. The two hosts have a very “punk” impression, so we’ve included that vibe to [the costumes], too. Soejima (Shigenori) looked like he had a lot of fun while drawing them, but I was also very touched by the love and affection shown by the others in production. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all.


I hope that one day this will become one of the more popular shows, and it’ll be up to you fans as to how far it will continue, so please check it out for yourselves.


As far as the development side of things go, our company has had many changes, and it looks like we, together as Atlus’ development teams, will finally be able to have things calm down starting this Spring. We will continue where we left off and work hard on developing our products.


One last thing.


I’d like to share my thoughts on all of you who’ve always voiced your support. Thank you very much. I’d like to continue making things that you all like, for as long as possible, and thank you for supporting all the titles that will be headed your way!


Atlus and Persona team

Chief Director & Creative Producer

Katsura Hashino

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  • ThatGuy3190_7

    Does this mean they will resume progress with Devil Survivor 2: Break Record?

    • Pyrofrost

      Well, technically, they (Persona Team) won’t be at work on Devil Survivor, because that is Team Career’s baby (formerly Career Soft).

      • ThatGuy3190_7

        Poo. An update on the game’s progress should be due at any time now.

        • Pyrofrost

          I’m really hoping to see an update soon myself!
          I’m looking forward to adding it to my collection.

    • Kamakuma

      Did that come out already? Or was it still delayed?

      • ThatGuy3190_7

        It was delayed again around October of last year.

    • Shane Guidaboni

      I completely forgot this existed.

    • ( `Д´)ノ)`ν゜)

      No, Atlus is Persona only now.

      • ThatGuy3190_7

        I’m not sure if you are joking or not, but Atlus is not only Persona. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be the existence of Persona team or Persona studios.

        • Hound

          Be careful with that thought though. Right now Atlus Japan is full persona for the year. 2 of their three main teams are currently working under the “Team Persona” guise for their new releases.

          If we don’t see another Shin Megami Tensei or spin-off series in the works sometime next year, then we might expect Persona to become something similar to what Final Fantasy is right now.

          I personally worry when one of several main projects suddenly becomes the forefront of a company.

          • Ni ~Algidus~

            >If we don’t see another Shin Megami Tensei or spin-off series in the works sometime next year, then we might expect Persona to become something similar to what Final Fantasy is right now.

            I am already seeing this happening (if this didn’t happened already with the P4 milking). Specially with P5 releasing this year in japan and 2015 in the west.
            Well, not much they can do. SMT was never popular (sadly)

          • Pyrofrost

            I’m guessing that Team Maniax has their hands full with the SMTxFE project with Intelligent Systems.

            and according to this interview, they are also working on an unannounced title

          • natchu96

            There was a 10 year gap between the last two numbered SMTs. I wouldn’t expect much for a while :/

  • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

    Yes Hashino san, we’ve just about had enough of your personal messages throughout the years.

    We just want to see Persona 5. Please include some of it in your next “personal message” should you decide to write another one of those.

    And yes, thank you for reminding us that your team is always hard at work and zealously developing the games you are currently developing, again.

    Because guess what? Pretty sure most developers out there are also hard at work at doing what they do.

    • Zimmer Remmiz

      Whoa, did you really feel that being that much of a prick was necessary?…

    • ThatGuy3190_7

      Persona 5 will be released Winter 2014 in Japan, 2015 in English territories. I think they know what they are doing with delaying any news or information about Persona 5. Doing so now would distract people from the releases of their other games (Persona Q, Persona 4 Ultimax, P4: Dancing All Night). Also, with it still being early in the year, it would be unwise to announce a game that will be released towards the end of the year. By the time of its release, all of the excitement will have waned and the experience they want players to have will have lost some of its impact.

      • MaximDualBlade

        Exactly! That’s why we won’t see something new until E3.

        • ThatGuy3190_7

          My guess is until Tokyo Game Show in September.

          • Kaetsu

            Probably both.

    • Lalum

      Kind of funny that dont be DAT guy is actually being “that” guy.

      • Pyrofrost

        That was my exact thought after reading that post, I was drowning in irony xD

      • Göran Isacson

        It could be that this person is from a bizarro universe where being “that guy” means being a respectful, considerate person who thinks before they act. And every time that happens the other cavepeople club them to death, roll their eyes that there always have to be someone who’s THAT guy, and then proceeds to throw poop at random passerbys.

    • theBridgeburner

      You give fans of the series, and Atlus in general, a very bad name.

  • Kaetsu

    Well with all of the projects Hashino(and other Atlus employees) has been working on, I think the guy needs a well deserved break.

  • karldeck

    I wonder why those 2 reminds me so much about Yuugo and Moeka from Steins gate.

  • Pyrofrost

    I’m guessing this means they are settling in after everything they went through under Index, the transition to becoming a subsidiary of SEGA, and being separated from Index.

    This is great news, and hopefully it leads to everything being more efficient and easier for Atlus than it was before.

    I wish them much luck in the future.

    • Kaetsu

      With Relic, Atlus and Big Red Button it seems SEGA has some pretty good studios.

      • Pyrofrost

        Agreed, and what I appreciate more is that SEGA won’t be doing any unnecessary meddling in Atlus’ affairs. They will be allowing them to do what they do best.

        I really appreciate the fact that SEGA came out upfront to say that, in order to ease the apprehension that Atlus fans had after the acquisition.

        • Samsara09

          Yeah,it is quite understandable why people were afraid.
          Many of those companies think they know all,and such hubris usually blasts their reputation,like Capcom,for instance.
          Sega was smart and did the wisest and most predictable thing….let atlus do what they do best.

          • Pyrofrost

            Very true. During that same interview, SEGA even said that RPGs aren’t their forte, and they need Atlus’ strength in this area.

            I’m willing to put my trust in SEGA with Atlus, because it takes a lot of humility for a company president to come out and say something like that. Basically admitting their own weakness, and admitting being dependent on someone else.

        • neo_firenze

          I’ll wait for actions instead of words. SEGA says a lot of things, they also have done a lot of questionable things. No reason to not have some optimism and hope for the best, but PR talk from an acquiring company in the wake of an acquisition isn’t exactly 100% reliable information.

          That being said, the new Persona news is sure a good thing. Let’s hope that sort of thing is a trend!

          • Yause

            Yep. It’s standard procedure to keep things the same in the beginning, if only to ensure a smooth transition and keep everyone calm. The last thing they want to do is to generate bad publicity or rile up employees.

            However, what really matters is the long term plan 2-5 years down the road, regardless of who they have in management. As with any acquisition, the goal is to derive added value. Furthermore, what makes money today may not make money tomorrow (and the industry certainly perceives a long term decline in packaged software), and that’s something Sega (and in turn, Atlus) will consider.

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          They wouldn’t meddle in something that makes money that’ just business 101, people are really silly. Just because you don’t like the fact that sega doesn’t bring over games you want doesn’t mean they are bad company

          • Pyrofrost

            Whether or not games are brought over isn’t an issue for me (because I’m an avid importer), and I wasn’t slamming SEGA either. I was simply relaying what SEGA’s president said.

            Personally, I like Sega.

          • KnifeAndFork

            I hate them for now.

            Bring over Yakuza 5, Ishin, Kenzan!, Black Panther 1 & 2, HD collection, Phantasy Star Zero 2, Valkyria Chronicles 3, Shining series (PSP), Shenmue HD collection and make Shenmue 3, and I’ll like them again…

          • KnifeAndFork

            Yes it does

          • natchu96

            I usually don’t think the company is bad when games I love don’t get localized . . . just saddened that we aren’t important T_T

  • Firion Hope

    Man every time these guys take the time to send a message to their fans all I can do is smile :)

  • mynameisdats

    No Atlus, Thank YOU!

  • Michael Richardson

    Nice. Hopefully we’ll see that 3DS re-release of Devil Survivor 2 before the year is over.

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