Katsura Hashino, the Director of the recent PlayStation 4 RPG Persona 5, went to the PlayStation blog today to pen a heartfelt thank you to fans of the game, as well as the entire franchise, both in his native Japan and in the West. The post also includes a piece of original artwork featuring the signature of Persona character designer Shigenori Soejima.
Hashino’s Thank You to Persona 5 Fans
Megami Tensei and its spin-off series Persona have long been staples of the Japanese domestic RPG scene. But Persona 5 had perhaps the most hype of any game from the franchise outside of Japan and in the Western world. And its reception has not disappointed, with the title currently maintaining a grade of 93 on metacritic, based on 81 professional reviews. Mr. Hashino took to the web to express his gratitude for all that appreciation.
According to the post, Hashino views Persona 5 as a very “Japanese” story, and so he and the development team were unsure of how the game would fall with Western audiences. He even theorizes that part of the game’s success in the West has to do with the fact that the game’s antagonist comes from within society. This is a characteristic, at least to his estimation, that is much more in line with traditional Western stories.
On To Other Projects
Hashino also notes that upon the 20th anniversary of the Persona franchise, he handed the directorial reigns of the series off to others. As reported by Polygon back in December, Hashino has started a new interal studio at Atlus called Studio Zero.
If you’re a fan of Persona 5 or the series in general, head to the PlayStation blog to check out the heart-felt post. Those that have enjoyed this most recent title are sure to appreciate the exclusive piece of artwork as well.