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Metaphor: ReFantazio is a new "high fantasy" RPG from the makers of Persona

With lovely menus, as always

The protagonist from Metaphor: ReFantazio, standing next to a Tinker Bell-sized fairy.
Image credit: Sega

Atlus have become a Persona factory in recent years, producing not only the mainline urban fantasy RPGs but spin-offs like Persona 5 Strikers and the recently announced Persona 5 Tactica. Thankfully they're working on something entirely new, too.

During tonight's Xbox Games Showcase, Atlus announced Metaphor: ReFantazio, a new "high fantasy" RPG from Persona 5's director and character designer.

Here's the announcement trailer:

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From the trailer I can glean that Metaphor: ReFantazio is a party RPG with turn-based combat and some seriously gaudy enemy designs. It also seems to include a handshake-based character bonding system, fairies, bunny girls, and, uh, sword-surfing on the surface of what looks like a spaceship. There's honestly not a lot of concrete information available, even on the official site.

Metaphor is the first project from Studio Zero, the name for a new internal Atlus team responsible for creating a game not connected to either Persona or Shin Megami Tensei. Despite that separation, the DNA from those games is definitely present. Katsura Hashino is directing the project and Shigenori Soejima is handling character design, and both worked together on Personas 3, 4 and 5.

Every frame of the trailer is pretty wild, but it's the wonderfully stylish menus that most excite me. I mean just look at this:

A menu in Metaphor: ReFantazio.
A menu in Atlus' Metaphor: ReFantazio.

Metaphor: ReFantazio is aiming to release in 2024.

NotE3 and Summer Game Fest 2023 is over for another year. You can find out all the latest news by visiting our E3 2023 hub, or you can catch up with our round-up posts of everything that was announced at Summer Game Fest, the Xbox Games Showcase, the PC Gaming Show, Day Of The Devs, and our top highlights from the Wholesome Direct.

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