Atlus Working On A Brand New IP, Will Announce Another Game Soon

By Sato . July 29, 2014 . 5:36am


With Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, and Persona 4: Dancing All Night, it looks like Atlus has been all about the Persona series of late, but key Atlus figures talk about what else they’ve been up to, in this week’s issue of Famitsu magazine. [Thanks, Game Jouhou.]


The interview with Famitsu features Atlus CEO Naoto Hiraoka and representative Yukio Sugino, who mention other games the company is working on besides the Persona series.


“I believe we’ll be able to announce ‘that title’ soon,” says Hiraoka. “At the moment, we’ve even begun development on a title that will be released in three years time.” Additionally, a brand new IP, similar to Catherine and Dragon’s Crown [as new standalone IPs] is in the works, too.


When speaking of the current generation of consoles with regard to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Hiraoka says, “As console game makers, of course we won’t just avoid them. We’ll definitely be making an effort on that front.”


With the Persona series booming in popularity with the anime, stage plays, film, and other cross-media developments, the series has been expanding, and Atlus look forward to working on more cross-media projects with other their other IP.


Food for thought:

While we don’t know for certain what the aforementioned game that Atlus are announcing soon is, it could very well be a formal announcement for a possible Etrian Odyssey II remake.

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  • Princess_Eevee9

    Just hope it’s fresh and exciting. And not a remake.

  • Egil

    Persona 4 the golden featuring dante from devil may cry!!!

    • Tincho D

      Or maybe it’s Catherine 2: Midlife Crisis.

      • MrTyrant

        Featuring Dante too

        • Yuuki

          but the old one i hope!

          • MrTyrant

            That would be: “featuring Donte: fuck you”

  • Tincho D


  • Espoir


    • Princess_Eevee9

      That does seem plausible and it is being released in Japan this year.

    • Ash_Riot

      That’ll be one of them, yeah, but there’s still a new IP and a title that has just entered development, so there’s still two more games that are unaccounted for. Plus there was that article not that long ago where sound director at Atlus stated he was surprised by a certain Atlus IP being revived (Please be Growlanser). Wonder when that will be shown?

  • A new IP similar to Cathering and Dragon’s Crown? Aren’t those two very different games?

    • ネオフォトン ~ Neo

      I think they just mean in the sense that both were standalone IPs and not particularly attached to anything.

      • Sato

        thanks for the clarification, I’ll go ahead and edit that bit in :)

  • They had my attention at “Brand new IP.” Then they went even further and said “Similar to Catherine and Dragon’s Crown.” I am now anticipating this new reveal lol

  • ネオフォトン ~ Neo

    Here’s to hoping the new IP is something enjoyable!

    In the mean time, I’ll just sit back and wait on TGS and Persona 5’s eventual release. :P

  • NegativeZero
  • waku waku

    I still wish Atlus would have P5 available for PS4.

  • Tarkovsky

    Based on info from Famitsu, Atlus has an unnamed SMT game in the works for the Vita. Whether or not it’s a port of SMT IV or another game remains to be seen.

    • Where exactly is this information from? I feel like if anything of the sort was ever stated, we would have reported it.

      • Tarkovsky

        It’s from a section called the list of upcoming software for various platforms. In that section, there are several unannounced games that Famitsu are clearly aware of.

        • Which issue is this from? Because if it’s from a while ago, “an SMT game for Vita” is likely just referring to Persona 4: Golden. Atlus considers Persona part of the Shin Megami Tensei family, even though the games aren’t labelled as such in Japan.

          As of now, the only SMT game confirmed to be in development is Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem.

          • brostar

            No Atlus Japan considers Persona to be part of Megami Tensei.

          • Tarkovsky

            It’s definitely not Persona 4 Golden. Famitsu clearly distinguishes between SMT and Persona in their magazines. I can’t remember which issue it was from but it was pretty recent. Famitsu’s website has a page created for that unamed SMT game though.


          • That’s just P4G or Famitsu speculating. The page says “Shin Megami Tensei series”. It makes no mention of a particular game. Atlus wouldn’t just tell Famitsu to go ahead and put an unannounced game on their list. That isn’t how the PR pipeline works at all.

            Edit: In fact, this is likely from when Sony showed a Shin Megami Tensei logo during a Vita conference many years ago, and it turned out to be Persona 4: Golden. It looks like Famitsu simply never got around to updating their page after the game was officially announced.

          • Tarkovsky

            It says SMT series because it’s an unannounced SMT game. P4G has it’s own page. There are several other unannounced games in that list but I don’t have the magazine with me anymore. And Famitsu does know what games are in the works but does not reveal them unless they are told to do so.

            Edit: Link to P4G’s page

          • Sure, if that’s what you choose to believe, I can’t stop you. I’m just pointing out that these obscure projects that never even existed in the first place are listed all the time. Old pages aren’t always updated when a game is announced.

          • Tarkovsky

            I don’t remember that happening but I have to disagree. I’ve said this before that SMT and Persona are separate series. Even Atlus JP’s website has 2 different sections for the SMT series and Persona series. They belong under the MegaTen series but are 2 separate series on their own. That unannounced SMT is definitely not P4G. Whether or not it’s just Famitsu fudging around or it’s true we’ll find out in due time.

            Edit: That unannounced SMT game was in the Famitsu magazine I read this year. So unless they forgot to update their own weekly magazine for 2 whole years then yea. P4G came out in 2012.

          • MaximDualBlade

            You could have said the same thing about the 3ds shin megami tensei that ended up being P4Q and the game is already out, so that could happen too

          • That never happened. Persona and SMT were both listed separately for 3DS, and were listed by Nintendo themselves, who obviously know what games are in development for their own platform. It isn’t the same thing at all.

          • MaximDualBlade

            Thank you for the insight, much appreciated

  • James Enk

    it would be nice to see Atlus love for the WiiU

    • SMT x FE aside, I would love to see Etrian Odyssey/Any dungeon crawler (gamepad map drawing!) and Trauma Center.

      • HarakiriKami


    • Maybe after this fall when sales of the WiiU, hopefully spike.

  • I wonder if any of these games is “Devilizer”.

    • Ash_Riot

      Kazuma Kaneko arise!

  • I’m willing to bet the other title to be another Persona 4 rip *cough* spin-off.

    • Well hopefully a new IP means its not tied to another series they have done.

      • I agree, but I originally interpreted this article to read “Atlus will announce 2 new games soon, one of them is a new IP”.

  • Look forward to hearing more about both titles. Atlus seems to always be working on good games.

  • Rocco

    Maybe it’s time for Devil Survivor Q: Shadow of the Tokyo Tower after Break Record for both games?

    • Rocco

      They can leave Yuzu out though.

      • kylehyde

        100000000000% agree. I’m glad that I’m not the only one on this. seriosly I don’t get why she get so much love (aside of her big pair of …… eyes)? I really loved to turn her down on every answer

  • Abysswalker90

    Persona 5 – cancelled??

  • SupaPhly

    “Persona 6: we were kidding about it not being persona related” :P

    • Amagidyne


      • Rytan

        No, no! They’ve got to keep with the times, man. Atlus is now part of Sega. That leads to only one conclusion.


        • Jedahaw


        • Amagidyne

          Even better:


  • Raziel Kõbe

    ” of Persona 5. It’s just said that development is progressing and they’re enthusiastic about it.”source: Gematsu. Glad I dont sell my PS3 :)

  • SMT

    Oh boy, I can’t wait for this new IP to NOT reach Europe for over a year and then get to play it overpriced!

    Well, at least it could be something to drool over. Radiant Historia was a wonderful original IP, I hope for something similar.

    • HarakiriKami

      Y’all are getting persona Q befroe smt Iv lol

  • Mikari✘

    Am I the only one who remembers the fact that some time ago they registered the ‘Deviliser’ trademark? I believe they were still with Index at that point. I remember rumours about Kazuma Kaneko being involved in the title so I assume it’s a new SMT spin-off.

    • HarakiriKami

      Shin Megami Tensai x Pokemon Mystery dungeon?

  • Ban The Jackass

    They are on a rollllll! I love you Atlus!

  • zeta

    what happened to break record T__T

    • HarakiriKami

      and shin mahatmaputa tensaiiiiii x fure embrazende

  • Ash_Riot

    Time for Kazuma Kaneko’s return? I am so ready for that.

    • Mozendo

      But he was apart of SMT IV.

      • Ash_Riot

        Um, no, he wasn’t. He gave them the concept and that was that. Artwork was done by Doi and Kamen Rider artists. They reused his artwork, but that’s about it…

        • MrTyrant

          Wasn’t he directing or producing the game. He wasn’t the artist be he was in the staff doing other things I believe.

          • Ash_Riot

            One glance at the artwork for 4 is evidence enough that he wasn’t. He co-directed Strange Journey and wrote for that game though, maybe you’re getting mixed up with that?

        • Mozendo

          “Um, no, he wasn’t. He gave them the concept and that was that”
          Yes, I know which is why I said he was apart of SMT IV.

          He does more than just draw.

          • Ash_Riot

            I know he does, but if he was only part of pre-production and moved off the game, then it stands to reason that he’s obviously working on something else where he’s more involved, yes?

  • -Misaki-

    Eterian Odyssey L

    • Amine Hsu Nekuchan


      • -Misaki-

        Just kidding.

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    Please be something like Catherine.. I need more.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    new IP hmmm. Maybe sega gave them one of there old IP like hmmm I don’t know …..Comic zone,Alex kidd…….Streets of rage?!

    • HarakiriKami

      Or you know, their dearth of rpgs they refuse to touch

  • Shippoyasha

    3 years is a long wait. They may not even have finalized the outline for the project yet.

  • Another Radiant game would be cool too. Enjoyed Radiant Historia pretty much.

    • Kudan

      That’s an Atlus franchise that needs more games.

    • HarakiriKami

      Yes please

  • Derek

    lol at the image used. i don’t think persona characters should be scared, I loved Persona. Hopefully this IP will just settle with the rest of the atlus library.

  • MaximDualBlade

    I want a new shin megami tensei that isn’t Persona 5, and even the persona series has left behind the Shin Megami Tensei in the title. I want something like Devil summoner, Digital Devil Saga with a bit of pessisism a la Nocturne(end of the world in the prologue is pessimist to me)

    And with Kazuma Kaneko art please

    • Kudan

      God yes, i like Shigenori Soejima art, but Kazuma Kaneko is THE SMT artist to me, i missed his character designs on SMT IV.

    • IkariShinji

      SMT4 was a no go then?

      TBH I want a Nocturne remake.

      • MaximDualBlade

        I only mentioned the games I have played.

        A nocturne remake would be interesting

        • IkariShinji

          Oh I see. Personally I hope there’s a SMT V in the future with Kazuma Kaneko artwork or at least Break record. We haven’t heard anything about that since the Desu 2 anime.

          • MaximDualBlade

            Me too man. I just love his artwork and I enjoy his artwork converted in 3D design. I just like the faces even when I think they look similar. And his designs are interesting too

  • DeAndre Atchison

    Anosrep is gonna be the name.
    The demons shout gibberish and humans show up to kill other humans in battle

  • I legit hope it has nothing to do with their other franchises. Not related to SMT in anyway or Etrian Odyssey. I want something new, like super new. Like fresh sheets out of the dryer new.

    • Shane Guidaboni

      Yes, it’s a NEW IP…

      • Companies have said new IP before and it ends up being:
        -a spinoff
        -a game with a different title but still related to a previous franchise.
        I am just saying new IP doesn’t mean much to me if it doesn’t turn out to be an actually new IP.

        • HarakiriKami

          So you dont want Ass Creeds ->Watch Dogez

          He specifically namedropped catherine and dragons crown dude

          • Jimmy Bump

            let me correct you on dat titel sir its Watch The Dogs get it right,

  • Tyler Beale

    What I’d like to see, is an announcement of a Vita version of P5 (releasing alongside the PS3 version).

    Because the reason I had to skip P3 and P4 the first time around was because I had already moved on to the Xbox 360 when they came out, and I wasn’t really willing to play new PS2 games at the time.

    • dawnbomb

      well, its sad that your attracted to good graphics over good games, but oh well, more good games for the rest of us.

      unless ofcorse your over that not, but judging that you still want newest age consoles for graphics, i’m guessing not.

      • Tyler Beale

        It’s not even the graphics – it’s the matter of me not being sure if I wanna keep my PS3 hooked up that long after I get my PS4.

        • dawnbomb

          …why not?

        • Well game development for a current console doesn’t automatically get dropped the moment a new console comes out either. If that always happened then people would always complain about new consoles not having games…

        • mc3027

          Can’t you just take your PS3 back out for Persona 5 and then put it away when you finish it? I don’t understand.

    • Federico

      If they do release a vita version it probably won’t be until a couple years in the future since they like to add a bunch of new things to the portable version.

  • I hope it’s a new and fresh game. Something like how Catherine was.

  • Jin Kisaragi

    As long as it isn’t related with Persona 4. I’m excited to see what new IP they’re going to announce.

    • I would joke here and say its a Persona 4 rhythm game, but that already exists so uhh.. idk. Dating sim?

      • Hexodious

        Are you telling me Persona 4 wasn’t a dating sim?

        :gasp: I’ve been deceived!

        • john doe

          It was a friendship sim. You just happen to go on about 3 dates the entire game if you choose to do so.

          • dubaloseven

            What? You can go on a ton dates in P4.

          • john doe

            Yeah, Christmas and and Valentine’s Day. Sundays don’t count because you go on the same exact events with the guys

      • raygunner659

        Maybe a racing game

      • dubaloseven

        oh boy, a dating sim based off a dating sim game

        next thing you know we’ll be getting a harem anime based off Monogatari

  • Solomon_Kano

    I can’t fathom what “that title” would be with P5 already announced. Usually, when Japanese devs say that, they’re referring to something significant, but that’s the biggest unannounced title Atlus had, unless they’re about to shorten the gap between SMT games.

    With the mention of a game releasing in 3 years time, I wonder if that doesn’t fall in line with their statement about making an effort on the new hardware. Certainly sounds about right for the time Atlus would be ready to leave last-gen, based on past history.

    Well, whatever. I’m interested in that new IP. I wonder if it’ll be internally developed or another title from an external dev that they’re publishing…

  • Tylor Boreas Makimoto

    I’m still waiting for them to release Devil Survivor 2: Break Record.

    • Nagi

      same :X its been a long time now

    • HarakiriKami

      And shin mahatmaputa x fuere embroiled

  • IkariShinji

    I want anything but Persona 4 at this point.

  • Jirin

    They still make brand new IPs?

  • miju

    Persona 4-2

    • dubaloseven

      No please.

      • miju

        If anyone seriously wants it, they’re stuck on P4 more than Atlus is honestly.

  • catherine like for vita

  • Kornelious

    Well Atlus is Atlus, So whatever they make will probably be great :D

  • Jimmy Bump

    My only dumb idea is that this is multiple games I mean look at these two statements

    1. “I believe we’ll be able to announce ‘that title’ soon,”

    2. “At the moment, we’ve even begun development on a title that will be released in three years time.”

    I find it weird that he didn’t say “that title” twice rather said for the second quote “a title” which these are taken from the same article so it could mean that there are multiple games here. Also, not sure if I’m reading this right but under that it says

    Additionally, a brand new IP, similar to Catherine and Dragon’s Crown [as new standalone IPs] is in the works, too.

    So possibly there are three games here, but that just seems that way by the way its worded

    • Jimmy Bump

      Also looking at the JP release dates for EO games and I don’t think it would take 3 years but the time from 2 to 3 was 2 years and 3 to 4 was also 2 years so I don’t think the three year game is the EO game and if it was a remake from 4 to untold was 1 year so I don’t think it could be that.

  • LonelyGamer

    Let it be Persona 6 or Devil Survivor 3

  • Ecchitori

    It does sound like they might announce that new EO broccoli game. But didn’t they trademarked something? Its possible that it’s that game. Though it may be too early for that, I hope it’s an RPG with the likes of Radiant Historia.

    • Hound

      I loved the idea behind Radiant Historia. An RPG similar to those you’d find on the SNES, but with tons of save points that you can return to in order to alter the story once you learn the consequences of your actions..

      Oh, I wonder what kind of game it’ll be if they’d break out that kind of creativity again! Someone like Steins Gate and Higurashi? Or a whole new angle?

      Atlus has proven to be able to step into interesting territory when given the chance. Making Persona into a dating sim and releasing it in the west when few would release such games, a story-altering RPG, a series of intense surgery games, and an action puzzler for masochistic pervs. Who knows what could happen. (I’m going to assume same-old same-old though =x)

  • Hound


    I want:

    Devil Survivor 1&2: Overclock Record. Featuring “Persona 4’s Very Hard wasn’t Very Hard enough” difficulty setting.

    And Etrian Odyssey 2&3 untold +) with Gunner Nendroid for LE ♫

    (NIS brought us the Witch from Hundred Knight. I want a Gunner ≥ω≤)

  • Rabbit

    Catherine x Dragon’s Crown confirmed.

    • ShadowDivz

      Sir, don’t blow my mind unless you’re willing to help me pick up the pieces.

  • Geǿ Marley

    Why don’t you just focus on releasing P5 for now ATLUS? How many games can you make at a time really? :S

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