The creative team behind the Persona games revealed their next project at Sunday’s Xbox Game Showcase, Metaphor: ReFantazio, the first game from Atlus’ Studio Zero. On Thursday, Atlus confirmed that, in addition to versions for Windows PC and Xbox Series X Metaphor: ReFantazioThe fantasy role-playing game is also bound for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
Confirmed Metaphor: ReFantazio It appears to have arrived earlier than Atlus (or Microsoft) expected. Atlus has removed a tweet, spotted by Gematsu, that teases the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game are out.
Metaphor: ReFantazio Touted as Atlus’ “first, full-scale fantasy RPG” and was first teased under the name six years ago project ray fantasy, That project was originally announced in 2016 as a “complete departure”. [Shin Megami Tensei] and the Persona series, and a return to the roots of where the Japanese game industry began with fantasy role-playing games. Atlus and Studio Zero stated that they were developing a “traditional fantasy RPG with a distinctly Atlus flavor”.
Game director Katsura Hashino, character designer Shigenori Soejima and composer Shoji Meguro are leading its development. Metaphor: ReFantazio,
based on Metaphor: ReFantaziofirst trailer, that “Atlas flavor” is certainly clear, but whether this is a “complete departure” from SMT and Persona seems arguable. Metaphor resembles a Persona game, at least in terms of its stylish playable characters, bizarre-looking creatures, and ornate user interface.
Metaphor: ReFantazio Players are put in control of a blue-haired character named Traveling Boy, who leads a party that includes characters such as Strohl, Hulkenberg, the Fennec fox-like creature Hisme, and the fairy Gallica. It seems that each character has a role – or archetype – such as knight, fighter, thief or seeker. Like Persona, it appears the main character will form bonds with others, perhaps to advance story elements and level up teammates.
Here’s Atlus’ rather vague official description of what players can expect Metaphor: ReFantazio,
Write your own destiny and rise above fear as you step into a fantasy world the likes of which you have never seen before. Full of disturbing secrets, the kingdom stands on a cliff. Now, you must embark on a journey overcoming obstacles and making connections with friends.
In a separate video, game director Katsura Hashino said, “Taking high fantasy will be a fresh new challenge for Atlus. We’re excited to share our unique vision for the genre, creating a fantasy experience unlike any other.”
Metaphor: ReFantazio Slated for release in 2024.