Longtime Atlus composer Shoji Meguro, best known for his work on the Persona and Shin Megami Tensei series, has left the company after 26 years. Atlus announced today that the sound composer left the company at the end of September with plans to work as a freelance composer.
Meguro resigned from Atlus to focus on his dream of developing indie games. However, he maintains a good relationship with Atlus and will continue working on music as a freelance composer (think Nobuo Uematsu at Square Enix). Atlus also mentioned in the statement that Meguro’s work on several new, unannounced titles would carry on as planned.
Here’s a message from Shoji Meguro about his departure from Atlus:
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 worked 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.
October 27, 2021 Shoji Meguro
About Shoji Meguro
Shoji Meguro joined Atlus way back in 1995. His first work was Revelations: Persona, the first entry from the Persona series. Since then, he has composed music for various Atlus games for over two decades. His music style ranges from the jazzy tunes heard throughout the Persona series to the rocking jams of the Shin Megami Tensei games.