Persona Composer Shoji Meguro is Leaving Atlus, But it’s Not All Bad

The musician is shifting his focus to his own independent games.

Shoji Meguro, who is best known for his work writing the music for the Persona franchise, has announced he’s leaving Atlus to become an indie dev. However, that doesn’t mean he won’t be involved with the series or any other Atlus projects in the future.

In his announcement posted to his social media, Meguro says he resigned from Atlus to focus on developing his own independent games, and will be doing so with Kodansha Game Creators Lab, a program that helps fund indie games. However, Meguro says he still has a good working relationship with Atlus, and will be contributing music to its games on a freelance basis.

His full statement in English reads as follows:

Hello. I’m Shoji Meguro. I know this is quite sudden, but I, Shoji Meguro, resigned from Atlus Co., Ltd. at the end of September 2021. I’ve been creating role-playing games by myself during my spare time for the past five years now, and I applied for a Round 1 Kodansha Game Creators Lab recruitment and was selected as one of the finalists. Then staff from Kodansha was assigned to work with me. I decided to leave Atlus and focus on my dream of developing indie games. However, I will continue to maintain a good relationship with Atlus. While focusing on my own indie game development, I will continue to work with Atlus on game music, so I hope that those of you who were concerned about the sudden announcement will feel relieved. Lastly, I would like to thank Atlus Co., Ltd. and my family for accompanying me. I would also like to thank Kodansha for giving me a chance to take on the challenge. I hope you will enjoy the music of Shoji Meguro as well as the games I am currently working on.

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Whatever game Meguro is working on will be unveiled on November 6, according to Kodansha Game Creators Lab. Hopefully, this means we’ll see Meguro attached to future Persona projects, as there are apparently quite a few in the works yet to be announced as part of the series’ 25th-anniversary celebration, and his music has been essential in establishing the vibe of the Persona series. It’s so good they made rhythm games based on them, after all. Outside of the Persona subseries, Meguro has been involved in several of the Shin Megami Tensei games, including Nocturne, Digital Devil Saga and its sequel, and the Catherine soundtrack.