Dengeki PlayStation P Studio Interview About 2016 Plans and Outlook

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This week’s PlayStation Dengeki magazine Vol. 606 features an interview with Persona 5 director Katsura Hashino, Persona 5 character designer Shigenori Soejima, and Persona 4: Dancing All Night producer & director Kazuhisa Wada about their plans and outlook for 2016.

This follows the 4Gamer end of year interview with Atlus staff members; the recent Famitsu interview about 2016 with Persona director Katsura Hashino and Shin Megami Tensei IV Final producer Kazuyuki Yamai; as well as the recent PlayStation Dengeki Vol. 606 interview with Atlus CEO Naoto Hiraoka.

Katsura Hashino (Atlus – “Persona 5” Director)

Hashino Interview

What are your aspirations for your own games and projects in 2016?

I believe we’ll be able to safely release the game we currently have in development.

Above all else, I hope players have a great experience with it.

What are your expectations and outlook for the game industry in 2016?

When a lot of things are happening at once, the way to survive among the crowd is to firmly prove one’s worth, and I think this is necessary. Taking this into consideration, we must ensure players of our games think that they’re “undoubtedly worth it.” In 2016, my hope is for us to stand out, even a little, in the game industry.

Shigenori Soejima (Atlus – “Persona 5” Character Designer)

Soejima Interview

What are your aspirations for your own games and projects in 2016?

2016 is when “Persona 5” will finally be released. We have been continuing development and gradually advancing to the point where we hope to meet expectations! Additionally, I plan to provide illustrations across various media next year [2016], so please be receptive to them when they appear.

What are your expectations and outlook for the game industry in 2016?

Although this opinion is common, the domestic consumer game market is but one among the various overseas studios, Japan has been working on a lot of social games, and I think the game industry will become more diverse. I want to have a part in many unique projects, and I hope to continue aiming forward with Atlus to create games full of originality!

Kazuhisa Wada (Atlus – “Persona 4: Dancing All Night” Producer & Director)

Wada Interview

What are your aspirations for your own games and projects in 2016?

I cannot announce a game at this point, however the year 2016 is the 20th anniversary for the Persona series. Starting with Persona 5, this year will increasingly become one that represents “Persona.” With this being a year with many things in preparation, I want to continue reaching out and collecting feedback.*

What are your expectations and outlook for the game industry in 2016?

It’s all about the consumer. Particularly when it comes to the progress of the niche Japanese market, if you look at the video game industry in its various forms, the potential for advancement is significant. I think the diversification of the business model will also be linked to smartphone apps, won’t it? My hope is for consumers to be treated properly.

*The original Japanese is ” アンテナを張ってイン プットを大事にしていきたいですね”, in reference to reaching out like an antenna, which is to mean reaching out for feedback. Thanks to Mystic of TRADUKO Soft for the clarification.

As announced previouslyPersona 5 is slated to have a special anime TV broadcast, and there is a “Persona 20th Anniversary Project” planned to take place.

Persona 5 is slated to be released for the PS3 and PS4 in Japan in Summer 2016, with a 2016 North American release date.

  • Alex

    “Starting with Persona 5, this year will increasingly become one that represents “Persona.””

    Interesting. Bodes well for an earlier release at least, wonder if he’s referring to another new game though, or just the Persona festival event thing.

    • Jason Ryer

      We still have no date for the event, more than likely before E3 so they can tag a date for Japan one would think for P5 since Atlus USA uses similar footage.

    • Irving Lee

      I know it’s a very slim chance, but I’m still hoping that blurry P3 & P4 text from Persona 5’s PV #3 means a remaster/port is coming to PS4.

  • Warren Kei Snow

    Hopefully we get P3D and another P3/P4 spin-off. P5 would just be released so there wont be time for anything with that besides the OVA. And P1/P2 weren’t made by Hashino so they won’t be doing anything with those titles.

    • Jason Ryer

      It will be like Zesteria, TOZ OVA was the intro to the game up to the Fox hellion chases Alisha, thats common now adays to do.

    • Yossarian

      They already did with the PSP remakes. Plus the costumes for P4D. There is always hope.

  • DeadLineDance

    “…the domestic consumer game market is but one among the various overseas
    studios, Japan has been working on a lot of social games, and I think
    the game industry will become more diverse.”
    Yay, Soejima!
    “I think the diversification of the business model will also be linked to smartphone apps, won’t it?”
    Screw you, Wada!

    • Jason Ryer

      Hey chill, that doesnt mean “IMMA GONNA MAKE A SMARTPHONE GAME”.It means japan is enjoying smartphone gaming. What hes saying is exspect more FF Adventure and Fantasy life games cause thats where japans at atm.

      • DeadLineDance

        Re-reading it, you might be right. I may just have been jumping at shadows.
        (Shadows… ha!)

    • Mr.Sammich

      That’s kinda cherry-picking, seeing as it’s followed by “My hope is for consumers to be treated properly.”
      To me, that implies “Smartphones are where the mobile money is right now, but we don’t like how some companies handle it.”

      • DeadLineDance

        I hope that’s all he meant.

  • Suqsid

    Persona game for mobile confirmed.

    Even though he made good games, can’t stand that Wada guy

    • マーク ☠

      Agreed.

    • Mikari✘

      To be fair, Atlus always released Persona games for mobile. There’s a long list.

  • Letrix

    An outlook of P5 release date will give fans something to look out for.

  • GMG_NTEN

    I hope its Persona Q-2, this time including the P5 cast. Hey, I can dream.

    • Yossarian

      More like including the cast of ALL the Persona games…

      • Silent Nyan

        Hell yeah, I wanna see Tatsuya and Katsuya plus Nate and Ellen *_*

        • マーク ☠

          Hell yeah, and Tamaki!

      • Warren Kei Snow

        lol…no

  • Delo Arias

    Well, my hype is getting pumped up.

  • Masato Kataoka

    I’d definitely like to see P3D or a definitive P3 remake (The latter more so than the former, and preferably for Vita)

  • Silent Nyan

    20th anniversary~ I hope we can see a Persona 1 – 4 collection xD

    • マーク ☠

      Yeah, and they shan’t censor Innocent Sin this time or I will have their souls.

    • マーク ☠

      Would love it if they released collections of more than just Persona though.

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