Metaphor: ReFantazio: Release window, platforms, trailer & more

Philip Trahan
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Atlus had a big showing during the 2023 Xbox Games Showcase on June 11, 2023. The company revealed two Persona properties in the form of Persona 3 Reload and Persona 5 Tactica.

However, Atlus fans got one more unexpected treat during the event, in the form of an official reveal for the developer’s long-awaited Project ReFantasy, now fully revealed as Metaphor: ReFantazio.

Metaphor: ReFantazio is Atlus’ first outing in the high-fantasy genre, which is a big departure from the studio’s focus on JRPGs set in real-world, modern-day settings like Tokyo, Japan. Here’s a rundown of everything we know about Metaphor: ReFantazio so far.

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Release window

At the time of writing, Metaphor: ReFantazio has a release window of 2024 but no confirmed release date just yet.

During a special announcement live stream for the game that took place on June 20, 2023, it was confirmed that the game will have a simultaneous worldwide release.

Platforms

As Metaphor: ReFantazio was revealed during the 2023 Xbox Games Showcase it was confirmed to be coming to Xbox Series X/S and PC.

During the announcement live stream, it was also announced that Metaphor: ReFantazio will also be coming to both PS4 and PS5.

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It’s important to note that Xbox’s reveal trailer did not reveal whether or not the game will be coming to Xbox Game Pass on release, though, this may change once an official release date is revealed.

Trailers

Metaphor: ReFantazio received its official world premiere during the 2023 Xbox Games Showcase.

Another trailer soon followed up at The Game Awards 2023.

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Gameplay details

Those JRPG fans who are familiar with Atlus’ previous titles, like Persona 5, will find a lot of Metaphor: ReFantazio quite familiar. This makes sense, as the game comes from the original creators of Persona 3, 4, and 5.

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Similar to previous, modern JRPGs from Atlus, like SMT V and Persona 5, players can travel around a world map to explore different locations. The trailer also shows a bit of the world map, with four different locations players can travel to.

The game features turn-based combat very reminiscent of both the SMT and Persona games, with characters having HP and MP to manage. During combat, characters can attack using a Weapon, Guard, or use Items. However, there are also options to use “Archetype” powers and team up with “Synthesis.”

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While some skills like Matarukaja and Tetrabreak carry over from SMT and Persona, other Skills have completely different names, such as the WInd skill Gacyc.

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Metaphor: ReFantazio’s menu is very reminiscent of the stylish designs present in the Persona series.

The in-game menu shows options to look over Skills, use Items, set Equipment, and check your Party. Additionally, it seems this game will also follow some kind of Calendar system similar to the Persona games, though it’s unclear how it will function just yet.

Additionally, players will be able to take on Quests and recruit Followers throughout the game. While it is still unclear what this means, we do see our protagonist forming new “Bonds” with multiple characters, with Ranks similar to Social Links and Confidants from Persona.

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About The Author

Philip is a Staff Writer at Dexerto based in Louisiana, with expertise in Pokemon, Apex Legends, and general gaming industry news. His first job in the games industry was as a reviewer with NintendoEverything.com while attending college. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication focusing on Multimedia Journalism, he worked with GameRant.com for nearly two years before joining Dexerto. When he's not writing he's usually tearing through some 80+ hour JRPG. You can contact him at philip.trahan@dexerto.com.