The last time Atlus shared a message for their fans, it was following their acquisition by Sega last year. Since then, they’ve announced Persona 5, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth and much more. This morning, following the recent events surrounding Atlus and Sega, Persona series chief director Katsura Hashino used his spare time to leave a message for fans on the series’ official blog.
It feels as though I can finally revive this [blog]. [cries]
The past few years, we’ve caused all of you fans to worry greatly. The Atlus group (company) that was always there, was lost, just like that, and for the sake of continuing as a brand, it’s almost as though we had no other choice [but to rely] on our products’ uniqueness that brings joy. It’s how we’ve faced the past few years.
This may be a bit of an exaggeration, but I believe that a product should have characteristics similar to what a person should have—something that can provide a feeling of stimulation or impact to someone, and perhaps even a ‘charm’ that could change one’s own sense of values.
Without simply stopping at what’s just fun, the desire for making those who get the experience to play it, retain something in their hearts… those are the thoughts and feelings that are important to us, as we’ve continued pursuing creativity.
That will not be changing.
We’ll keep working hard to be able to continue making games that will bring you joy, and nothing would make me happier than hearing your warm voices of encouragement.
Chief Director & Creative Producer
Atlus are currently working on a number of projects in parallel. Persona 5 and a new Persona 4 Arena game are in development for PlayStation 3, Devil Survivor: Break Record and Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth are in development for the Nintendo 3DS, Persona 4: Dancing All Night is in development for the PS Vita, and Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem is in development for the Wii U.