The persona composer left Atlus to work on indie projects

The persona composer left Atlus to work on indie projects

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  • Publisher Kodansha launched its Game Creators Lab last year, offering up to 10 million yen a year to support developers through development, distribution, and promotion. Meguro says he’ll be revealing his first game during Japan’s Indie Live Expo on November 6, for which he also composed the music. He’s already shared a small glimpse of the game on Twitter, and describes it as a “near-future sci-fi stealth-action JRPG.”

  • Shoji Meguro, the brilliant composer behind Persona and Shin Megami Tensei, has left Atlus to pursue a career as an indie game developer.Meguro, who had been at Atlus since 1995, said he had quit at the end of September (thanks, Gematsu). The composer stated in a statement, “I’ve been making role-playing games in my spare time for the past five years, and I applied for the Kodansha Game Creators Lab’s Round 1 recruitment and was chosen as a finalist. Then I was assigned to work with Kodansha employees. I made the decision to leave Atlus and pursue my ambition of creating indie games.”

It’s not quite goodbye for Meguro and Atlus, however. “While focusing on my own indie game development, I will continue to work with Atlus on game music, so I hope those of you who were concerned about the sudden announcement will feel relieved,” he said.

 

It’s not clear what platform Meguro is developing his indie for yet, but hopefully, he’s better at putting his work on PC than Atlus is—c’mon guys, you know we want Persona 5 on PC already.

 

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