Acclaimed Shin Megami Tensei and Persona composer Shoji Meguro has left Atlus to go freelance, the company has announced tonight.
While Shoji Meguro has left Atlus, the famed composer will still work on new titles from Atlus as a freelancer, and Atlus will support his works in whatever way they can in the future.
Meguro joined Atlus way back in 1995, and has composed a massive number of game soundtracks for the company ever since – most notably the aforementioned Shin Megami Tensei and Persona series.
Alongside the news of Meguro’s departure is that the Kodansha Game Creators’ Lab has announced they will work with Meguro on a new indie game, which will be announced on November 6th at INDIE Live Expo 2021. Meguro’s personal Twitter account teases the game is a sci-fi and stealth hybrid game with RPG and gun combat elements.
Here’s a message from Meguro:
Hello. My name is Shoji Meguro.
I know this is sudden, but I, Shoji Meguro, have resigned from Atlus Co., Ltd. as of the end of September 2021.
I’ve been making role-playing games by myself in my private time for about five years now.
Last year, I applied for the first round of Kodansha’s Game Creators Lab, and I was able to make it to the final round.
I was selected as a finalist and was assigned an editor at Kodansha.
I decided to take the plunge and resign from Atlus Inc. to focus on my dream of developing indie games.
I will, however, continue to maintain a good relationship with Atlus.
While focusing on my own indie game development, I will also continue to work on game music for Atlus.
I hope that those of you who were concerned by the sudden announcement will be relieved.
Lastly, I would like to thank Atlus for listening to my selfishness, my family for allowing me to take on this challenge, and my friends and family for giving me the chance to take on this challenge.
I am very grateful to Kodansha for giving me the chance to take on this challenge.
Please look forward to more games in the works, along with the music of Shoji Meguro.
I hope you will look forward to the games I’m working on as well as the music of Shoji Meguro.
Thank you very much.