Since the defunct Atlus was resurrected thanks to the purchase by Sega Sammy, Persona series director Katsura Hashino updated the Persona personal blog for the first time in a while. It isn’t anything game related, but more of a message reaffirming that they will continue to work hard and are feeling better now that they have a more solid foundation.
The following message was translated by Siloconera:
It feels as though I can finally revive this. [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.”
So, it looks like the Persona series is alive and well, and the company is hard at work at continuing to release games that gamers love. It’s unknown how far along the next installment is, but it’s still good to know that it is coming at all.