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More Future Talk From Japan's Big Producers

Team Persona focused on next numbered game, Team Kagura's boob guy wants to use Wii U's special functionality. And so forth.


This week's Famitsu has the third installment in a series of interviews with top producers and directors from the Japanese games industry. As with the previous installments, the feature is full of little insights about future game plans.

Here's a summary of what's leaked out from the magazine so far:

Team Persona's Katsura Hashino says that his staff is currently focused on the next numbered entry in the Persona series (that means Persona 5). Shigenori Soejima has submitted sketches, and the game is making progress. Separately from P5, Hashino says that he's working on a collaborative project that will surprise everyone, but the announcement for this is a ways off.

Marvelous Entertainment's Kenichiro Takaki, massive breast producer of Senran Kagura, says that there are plans for Senran Kagura outside of just an anime. He also says that he feels an idea he has for using the Wii U's functionality could totally work, although this is just in his head right now. Takaki promises to work hard to continue making games that make you say "they've made another game that makes no sense."

Marvelous Entertainment's Yoshifumi Hashimoto, non massive breast producer of the Harvest Moon games, says that Rune Factory 4 was well received, and they've already decided to make the next installment. He also says that he wants to make a totally original title and is making preparations for this.

Capcom's Hiroyuki Kobayashi says to expect an announcement regarding the future of the Sengoku Basara series at an upcoming event.

5pb's Shikura Chiyomaru says that he's currently working on two games. A game set in Shibuya will be released in 2013. It would be ideal to be able to release the fourth game in the science adventure series in Spring of next year too. Chiyomaru also says that he's putting effort in porting his games over to smartphones.

Gust's Yoshito Okamura says that Atelier Ayesha saw little influence from Gust's acquisition by Tecmo Koei, but he's currently studying so that the next game will be able to draw out the best elements of the new parent company. He also promises to make developments in a variety of media outside of games, despite Gust having a staff of just around 30. With Ayesha, the percentage of female players for the Atelier series increased. Gust's next title will have the image of an orthodox RPG, Okamura also teased.

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