‘Ebb and Flow’ Interview Video on the Momentum of Japanese Video Games Features Atlus’ Katsura Hashino


YouTube channel Archipel—those behind the “toco toco” series of short Japanese creator interviews, which previously featured Katsura Hashino—has released a short documentary/conversation video with game developers discussing the recent momentum of Japanese games.

This momentum relates to games released near the end of 2016, including Persona 5Gravity Rush 2, and Nier: Automata. As such—among many other creators—the video includes the director at Atlus responsible for Persona 5, Katsura Hashino, who is now working on Catherine: Full Body and Project Re Fantasy and the new internal team called Studio Zero.

Starting end 2016, we saw the release of a succession of Japanese games  that were critically acclaimed both in Japan and overseas.

We met with some of their directors to discuss their views on this period and on the state of the Japanese game industry.