Today, a new video was released starring Persona 5 Director Katsura Hashino as he talks about the game, and the upcoming fantasy JRPG code named “Project RE Fantasy” in the works at his newly-revealed Studio Zero.
Kashino-san starts by talking about Persona 5‘s development, by showing some of the places that inspired the locations of the game. He also reveals that Atlus has a difficult period while developing the recently-released JRPG, even if he doesn’t give further details on why.
We also get to see how he often checks out manga with settings similar to his games at a local Tsutaya store, taking inspiration from those set in schools for the Persona series, and fantasy manga for his new JRPG.
At the end, he talks about the new game itself, explaining that creating games set in the real world inevitably brings a developer to face limitations. With the new game, he wants to distance himself from that, and take on “core human themes,” for example why human fight, and more. That’s why he wanted to create a game set in an imaginary world.
While normally people intend fantasy worlds as a way to escape reality, Hashino-san thinks that they can allow us “to see reality under a new angle.”
Notably, during this segment Hashino showcased new artwork of the game (even if we don’t know yet if it portrays actual characters and scenes of the game, or they’re inspiration pieces like those we saw so far). you can see that in the gallery at the bottom of the post.
The video was released by our friends at Toco Toco TV, you can check it out below. If you want to see more of their charming work, you can check out their videos on SWERY, Goichi Suda, Daisuke Ishiwatari , Keiichiro Toyama, and UME. You can also consider the documentary on indie Japanese developers Branching Paths, created under the creative leadership of the same director, Anne Ferrero.
Persona 5 is currently available in Japan, and will be released in the west on April 4, exclusively for PS4.