Katsura Hashino

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Katsura Hashino
Native name
橋野 桂
Occupation Game director and producer
Notable work
Persona series
TitleDirector of Studio Zero

Katsura Hashino(Japanese:橋野 桂) is a Japanese video game director and producer, best known for working on the Persona role-playing game series by Atlus. Inside the company, Hashino served as director of P-Studio, formed to help manage the Persona series, as well as Studio Zero, which he formed in 2017 to work on other styles of games.

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Persona, also known as Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, is a video game franchise developed and primarily published by Atlus. Focusing around a series of role-playing video games, Persona is a spin-off from Atlus' Megami Tensei franchise, and was originally based on the high school setting of Shin Megami Tensei If.... The first entry in the series, Revelations: Persona, was released in 1996 for the PlayStation. There have since been five further main games, with the most recent, Persona 5, being released in 2016. Numerous spin-offs have also been developed. The series takes its title from beings summoned by characters in battle, manifesting from their psychological persona.



Hashino made his debut as a director with the 1999 Dreamcast game, Maken X . [1] He has directed or produced over a dozen games in the Persona series. [2] In addition to Persona, Hashino was the director and producer on Catherine in 2013. [3] In 2017, Hashino formed a new internal division at Atlus called Studio Zero, beginning work on a new game titled Project Re Fantasy. [4] [5]

<i>Maken X</i> video game

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1994 Shin Megami Tensei If... Designer
1995 Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner
1999 Maken X Director
2003 Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
2004 Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga
2005 Trauma Center: Under the Knife Producer
2006 Persona 3 Director, producer
2007 Persona 3 FES
2008 Persona 4
2009 Persona 3 Portable Producer
2011 Catherine Director, producer
Persona 4 Golden Producer
2012 Persona 4 Arena
2013 Dragon's Crown
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
2014 Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
2015 Persona 4: Dancing All Night
2016 Persona 5 Director, producer
2019 Catherine: Full Body Producer

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