Atlus has shared a new message to fans, hyping them up for their upcoming new RPG Metaphor: ReFantazio, emphasizing how, thanks to the support of Persona 5, they’re now tackling a Fantasy RPG.
This game is described as a “culmination of Atlus’ policy of originality and empathy,” showcasing itself through this genre. It’s not simply a nostalgic resurgence and will be a different experience from Persona 5.
From Atlus to All Fans
As exemplified by the Shin Megami Tensei and Persona series, Atlus has produced many contemporary titles, many of which have provided a unique experience to all players.
And now, after the massive support from Persona 5, Atlus will now be tackling a new type of game: a Fantasy RPG, one that could not be fully portrayed within the framework of a modern RPG.
This is a commemorative title that marks the culmination of Atlus’ policy of “originality and empathy” through the “fantasy RPG” genre, and is not simply a nostalgic return to the roots of the past.
“If you stand still in fear of uncertainty, you will never be able to move forward.” The scenario and gameplay are built around this message. Metaphor will be created with the same mindset as Persona 5 and deliver “a different experience that satisfies your curiosity”.
Metaphor: ReFantazio takes place in the United Kingdom of Euchronia, a land plunged into turmoil following the assassination of its king. The story takes a dramatic turn when the Royal Magic, a mystical power previously known only to the king, is unexpectedly invoked, sparking a grand royal tournament to determine the next ruler.
Amidst this tumultuous backdrop, the protagonist, alongside their partner, the fairy Galica, embarks on a quest to lift a curse cast upon the prince, believed by the kingdom to be deceased. Their journey spans the expansive lands of Euchronia, revealing that their mission is intricately tied to the ongoing tournament for the throne. To succeed, they must forge alliances with a diverse array of friends and followers from the various tribes that inhabit this world, each with their own unique contributions to the unfolding narrative.
Metaphor: ReFantazio was also known as Project Re Fantasy for several years. The game is being developed by the team behind Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 5. This truly does look like a next-generation JRPG experience. It’s also taken notes from the Shin Megami Tensei series. The director is Katsura Hashino, and the composer is Shoji Meguro.
Director Katsura Hashino stated in a previous message that this game is a third pillar for Atlus. One key phrase for the game is “Facing your fear.” Character designer Shigenori Soejima said they wanted an androgynous and heroic protagonist. Composer Shoji Meguro confirmed the game uses a score inspired by hymns and Buddhist prayers in its soundtrack.
The combat of Metaphor: ReFantazio will feature shifting from action to turn-based like Nihon Falcom’s The Legend of Heroes: Trails through Daybreak, known as Kuro no Kiseki in Japan.
Metaphor: ReFantazio will launch for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Steam, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC in Fall 2024.
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