Today’s issue of Weekly Famitsu included a spread on ATLUS’ new JRPG codenamed Project Re FANTASY, confirming the information leaked this morning, but that’s not all, it included some absolutely beautiful illustrations by Persona 5‘s Character Designer Shigenori Soejima, giving us another glimpse on the mood of the upcoming game.
The illustrations definitely st a definitely different mood for the project, compared to Persona and Shin Megami Tensei titles. They show more of the red-headed elf that we saw so far, and more classic high fantasy elements. That includes traveling in a cart with a diverse cast of adventuring companions, a ride on a barded horse carrying another character on the back, and an epic battle against a dragon.
On top of that, we also see Project Re FANTASY‘s official logo with the subtitle “A Fool’s Journey begins” and the logo of the newly created Studio Zero, that appears to include a stylized wanderer with a dog.
The magazine also includes a two-page spread publicizing the start of “large-scale recruitment” for the project under the supervision of Persona 5 Director and Producer Katsura Hashino, and Shigenori Soejima and Shoji Meguro taking up the roles of Art Director and Sound Director.
Recruitment will start at the official site on December 23rd from 10 PM Japan Time.
Studio Zero was created with the intent of creating New IPs, challenging a genre completely different from what Atlus normally does, leaving behind the contemporary setting to tackle a high fantasy story. That said, the accompanying interview confirms that Atlus is still going to work on Persona among other titles, and that they intend to announce new ones sooner than usual.
In case you missed it, you can check out Katsura Hashino’s own message that launched this new project, in which he explains the philosophy behind Studio Zero and Project Re FANTASY.
You can check them all out below.