Persona Series Director Teases Unannounced Titles In “Zealous Development”

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 and Persona 4 director Katsura Hashino is confident in the future of the Persona series. He’s actually confident enough to drop a juicy hint today about “unannounced titles” in development as part of a blog post written in celebration of the upcoming Persona Music Fes, while apologizing about the recent circumstances brought forth by Index Corporation’s bankruptcy:

I’m sorry for the concerns caused by the recent circumstances, and I apologize.  Next year is set to bring many announcements as part of the 25th anniversary of the Atlus brand, but there are a few things I’d like to share before that. All the unannounced titles we are working on are “under zealous development”. The challenge, for the time being, is how good they will be. We have spent days full of problems and worries, but we work strenuously so that it doesn’t break our focus.

Looks like the values of games have become very diverse nowadays, but as long as we continue to think about you that love our games, about the creativity, the know-how accumulated, the challenges and the expectation of results, I believe that the future of the series will be something great, full of fun and stimulating.

There you have it, straight from the lion’s mouth. Looks like the future of the Persona series is still bright despite the recent problems. What could those unannounced titles be? We know that Index Corporation already registered the domain, but beyond that your guess is as good as mine.

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  • Carlo

    That’s how it should be perfectly said. As long as we continue to think about you that love our games… March through to your vision of the game but always keep in mind those who are loyal and who will eventually play your games. Do not alienate your core. New players will always come but if you lose who you are then its game over. Excited for p5

  • Atlus Junkie

    I hope they go 3rd party!

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      well it’s more like stay third party, but I’m betting my money on that as well. Going first party would probably force them to change too much stuff already in motion.

      • islan

        I would hope that a part of the agreement for whomever buys Atlus would be that Atlus would be allowed to publish whatever games they are currently working on for the platforms they are being made for, even if the purchaser is Sony or Nintendo. Otherwise they would be seriously hurting the value of Atlus with all that wasted development time.

        • Carlo

          Whomever gets Atlus should follow the laissez-faire approach. Its already an established company that makes money. Just let it be and rake in the $. Don’t mess with it if it ain’t broken

          • islan

            If they are purchased by a first-party company (either Sony or Nintendo), then any future games not already in development will have to be released on that company’s systems. There’s really no other option.

          • Carlo

            True thats why I’m rooting for someone more impartial. That and a non hedge fund group.

    • Alex

      I hope they STAY third party, I want ATLUS everywhere. 3DS,PS3,VITA,XBOX,Wii U

  • Splintee

    In Atlus we trust.

  • Balalaika

    Hope they don’t change into a mobile game company and start releasing games on iOS and Android for $20 (looking at you Square Enix)

    • Giuseppe Nelva

      They kind of already do. They just released SMT for Mobage. Everyone does mobile games nowadays. It gives them funds for the big projects.

  • PrinceHeir

    all i want is a new Trauma game that is closer to the older games(with demon incantation and all), Catherine like game, and a SMT spin off that is in the same vein as Digital Devil Saga series or Devil Summoner(both Raidou and Soul Hackers)

    please Atlus!!!

  • Testsubject909

    It’s Atlus. I expect greatness.

    I just hope this won’t be their last is all.

  • Billybob

    Persona 5 for PS3/4/psp/vita please 🙂

    • gregweb8

      Persona 5 for everything please!

  • Stealth

    I hope its more nintendo games.

    And devil survivor 2 3ds in US

    • Jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjw

      According to a report in E3 2010, they have a Persona game in development for 3DS. A game in development for over 3 years sound zealous to me.

  • Mazzle

    How about finally releasing Atlus-games in europe? And I’m not talking about several years later, that doesn’t count. If that would happend, it would be truly a big thing


    rts games please for the wii u

  • Mike

    Sony should of purchased Atlus considering how many quality games they have put out for the PS3