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ATLUS shares brand-new Metaphor: ReFantazio trailer

Another look at the upcoming fantasy RPG
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Upcoming fantasy RPG Metaphor: ReFantazio got a brand-new trailer at The Game Awards 2023, giving us our latest look at the stylish-looking title developed by ATLUS’ Studio Zero. Set for a 2024 release, Metaphor: ReFantazio is coming to PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S.

You can watch the new trailer for the title below:

Metaphor: ReFantazio is being developed by many of the creative minds behind the modern Persona series and some Megami Tensei entries, such as game director Katsura Hashino, character designer Shigenori Soejima, and composer Shoji Meguro.

The game features a heavily stylized UI and some incredibly weird enemy designs, which should make for visually stunning combat scenes in the JRPG. Metaphor: ReFantazio seems to mix the combat mechanics of Megami Tensei with the social mechanics from Persona.

Screenshot from Metaphor: ReFantazio's combat.

Behold this absolute monstrosity of weirdness.

Revealed characters of the game include the Traveling Boy – the protagonist, belonging to the Seeker class – as well as the Warrior Strohl, the Thief Heismay, the Navigator Gallica, and the curiously named Knight Hulkenberg. We say "curiously," because coincidentally there is a German driver of that name in Formula 1, which might be a very weird reference you wouldn't expect to see here.

Metaphor: ReFantazio is set in a fantasy world inspired by medieval Europe that seems to be a sort of mirror universe to the contemporary world. One of the game’s main themes is that of utopia, a perfect world filled with everyone’s dreams and wishes that can never be reality.

It’s the first original IP coming out of Studio Zero since it was established in 2016 and was initially announced under the codename “Project Re Fantasy” in December that year.