The Persona series, a spin-off of the Shin Megami Tensei franchise, managed to steal everyone’s hearts over the last few entries, which saw major success in the releases of Persona 3, Persona 4 and the few iterations of Persona 5. While the latter is still hot on everyone’s lips, it seems like developer Atlus is moving forward with development on Persona 6, according to the game’s director.
Spotted by PersonaCentral, Atlus recently posted a recruitment page on its website. Under the “Company Details” tab, director Naoto Hiraoka spoke in some detail about the challenges of continuing the Persona series, but more importantly, trying to top Persona 5 with its sixth entry. Hiraoka stated:
“Thanks to you, we have a lot of support for Persona 5 and we have a sense of accomplishment. But we can’t stop here. When we made Persona 4 before, we had Persona 3. There was pressure to exceed 5. Now we will have to make 6 that exceeds 5. However, it is difficult for the current team to exceed 5. I will join the company in the future. I want to work with you to overcome this high hurdle. It’s hard, but I think it’s the joy of creativity.”
While it’s not explicitly mentioned that they are moving forward with Persona 6, it seems like Atlus is at least in the early stages of the game’s development, figuring out ways in which they can evolve the series after the tremendous success of Persona 5. Who could blame them? Persona 5 is arguably one of the best JRPGs of the last decade, and it would be an extremely tall order to try and follow it up with a new game that somehow tops its excellent presentation, gameplay and characters. From the sounds of it, development is still in the very early stages so we shouldn’t expect news of Persona 6 anytime soon. This does somewhat serve as decent confirmation, though.