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Metaphor: ReFantazio Panel Announced for Anime Expo 2024 + Guests of Honor

Metaphor: ReFantazio Panel Announced

ATLUS announced today they will host a panel titled “ATLUS Presents: The World of Metaphor: ReFantazio” featuring Katsura Hashino & Shigenori Soejima at Anime Expo 2024 in Los Angeles, California.

Earlier this month, Anime Expo announced that it will recognize both Katsura Hashino and Shigenori Soejima as Guests of Honor at Anime Expo 2024. Katsura Hashino is a game director and producer working at ATLUS, responsible for notable titles including Persona 3™, Persona 4™, Persona 5™, Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne™ and Catherine™. After launching his production unit "Studio Zero" within ATLUS, he is presently immersed in developing the highly anticipated new JRPG Metaphor: ReFantazio.

Shigenori Soejima is a Japanese designer working at ATLUS, known for his work as a character designer on the Persona series, starting with Persona 3. He is currently spearheading the character design for ATLUS’ upcoming JRPG Metaphor: ReFantazio.

Anime Expo 2024 Panel Details

ATLUS Presents: The World of Metaphor: ReFantazio featuring Katsura Hashino & Shigenori Soejima

Date & Time: Friday, July 5, 2024 from 10:30AM to 11:20AM PT

Location: Petree Hall

Description: Travel beyond Fantasy with Metaphor: ReFantazio! Join Director Katsura Hashino & Character Designer Shigenori Soejima for an exciting panel revealing exclusive characters and unseen footage. Explore game development, character designing, and world-building magic.

Please stay tuned for more details about Metaphor: ReFantazio at Anime Expo. For information on the panel and Anime Expo 2024, visit For more information on Metaphor: ReFantazio, visit

Background Info


ATLUS delivers unforgettable, story-driven gameplay experiences to enthusiastic and dedicated fans around the globe. Established in 1986, ATLUS features a portfolio of beloved and long running game series including PERSONA™, which has sold over 22 million units worldwide, and the legendary SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI™. ATLUS games are published in the west by SEGA of America, Inc. with its principal office in Irvine, California. Learn more about ATLUS at

About SEGA of America, Inc.

SEGA of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA CORPORATION, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment. Established in 1986, SEGA of America publishes innovative interactive entertainment experiences for console, PC, mobile and emerging platforms. In 2020, SEGA ranked #1 among Metacritic's Annual Game Publisher Rankings. Its globally beloved franchises include Sonic the Hedgehog™, Like a Dragon™, Virtua Fighter™, Super Monkey Ball™, and Phantasy Star Online™, along with ATLUS' Persona and Shin Megami Tensei series. Since its debut more than three decades ago, Sonic has become a pop culture icon featured in dozens of games, TV series, and movies. SEGA of America has offices in Irvine and Burbank, California. Visit

About Anime Expo

Anime Expo (AX) brings together fans and industry from Japan, the US, and all over the world for the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America. Taking place every year since 1992, Anime Expo features the best in Japanese animation, popular art, entertainment, music, fashion, and video games. For more information, visit

Source: Press Kit

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