Atlus, the Japan-based developer behind the Persona series, is teasing a new project in the Soul Hackers series with a mysterious countdown website. The studio also opened an official Twitter account for the project, with an ominous bio predicting the “end of humanity”. The countdown website is ticking down to a specific date in the next few days and includes a banner stating that a “hack will begin” on February 17, 2022 at 8pm JST (3am PST/11am CEST).
When does the Soul Hackers countdown end?
The time and date of “Hack Begins” probably indicates a small disclosure, possibly related to the nature of the project itself. Separately, the main countdown timer indicates that there will be a big reveal in four days, on February 21, 2022, at 8 p.m. JST. At the time of writing, there isn’t much to go by on the website itself apart from what appears to be a small polygonal plant and a loading screen that reads “analysis in progress”.
Chances are the new project will be related to the Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers game released in 1997. Atlus later brought the game to the PlayStation in 1999. Part of the Megami Tensei series, the game was a sequel to the original 1995 Devil Summoner for the Sega Saturn. Since then, the title has also been re-released on the PSP, but hasn’t been released since 2013.
At the end of 2021, Atlus announced that it would release a new game in 2022. In a year-end interview, Atlus producer Shinjiro Takada stated that the game would be a new “pillar” for the company. If so, this new Soul Hackers project just might be the next big game series to tease Takada.
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