Persona composer Shoji Meguro left Atlus to become indie game developer
Publication date of original Japanese article: 2021-10-27 12:39 (JST)
Translated by. Ryuki ishii
Atlus has announced the departure of Shoji Meguro, a composer known for his work on the Character series. Meguro left the company at the end of September to become independent. Atlus is on good terms with Meguro and is still working together on upcoming projects.
Meguro joined Atlus in 1996, after graduating from Nihon University. He has composed the music for many of Atlus’ flagship titles, including the Shin megami tensei series and Character series. He is known for a wide range of musical styles, from hard rock to upbeat pop music.
Interestingly, Meguro will now be an independent game developer. He has created a game using Unreal Engine 4 in his private time for the past five years (under the pseudonym Megarock).
He applied for the first round of the Kodansha Game Creators Lab, which is a game pitch program for independent developers seeking financial support. He was selected as a finalist and won 500,000 yen (approximately $ 4,400) as a special prize. Kodansha is now supporting his project and apparently Meguro has decided to leave Atlus and focus on his game making business.
Although Meguro is best known for his work as a songwriter and guitarist, he is also an avid game developer who served as game director on the PSP remake of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, Persona 2: Innocent Sin, and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment. His activities were not limited to musical creation.
Meguro is currently preparing a sci-fi stealth action JRPG in the near future. His relationship with Atlus remains and will continue to provide music for future Atlus titles.
While it’s quite common to see a renowned composer go independent, it’s rare to see an industry figure like Meguro go independent not only to make other music, but also to develop their own games. It shows you how strong Meguro’s love for making games is.
Meguro’s new game will be unveiled at the INDIE Live Expo Winter 2021 online gaming event on November 6 (JST). Keep an eye on the game’s progress on Meguro’s Twitter account and look forward to the game’s reveal.