Atlus’ Persona announcement countdown came to a halt in Japan finally, and the beloved JRPG developer had not one but five games in its most popular series prepared.
The obvious highlight is Persona 5, which will be released for the PlayStation 3. The release on previous generation consoles make sense because Persona 3 and 4 both soared to popularity during the twilight years of the PlayStation 2, and Persona 5 will want to follow in its footsteps.
It will be released in Japan next winter, with an American release almost guaranteed somewhere down the line.
Following that announcement, Atlus also unveiled Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. The game stars smaller and cuter versions of the cast from previous games as they attempt to destroy a tower which arises out of their their high school.
The game follows more in line with the older first-person Persona games, and is being directed by the man who created Etrian Odyssey.
This will be the series’ first trip onto the massively popular Nintendo 3DS, so expect this one to do quite well.
Persona 4: Dancing All Night is an action/rhythm game for the PlayStation Vita that will star many of the Persona 4 characters, including Teddy.
It is being developed by Dingo, the creators of Project Diva and the popular Japanese virtual idol, Hatsune Miku. Might be worth checking out since the team can make fun music games, but not if they decide to keep the ear-grinding Engrish in that trailer.
Persona 4 Arena 2, also known as Persona 4: The Ultimax Suplex Hold, is being developed for arcades and the PlayStation 3 with new characters added to the roster. Arc Systems Works will have this one ready in Japan next summer, and there are no hints of an American release yet.
A whole new slew of Persona games should keep fans happy for some time. I’m still waiting for the chance to play Persona 4 on my PlayStation 3, but that won’t happen any time soon since Sony needs that as a PS Vita killer app.
At least we have Persona 5 to wait for, giving me more of a reason to hold onto my PlayStation 3. Could this game alone put off my transition to the next-gen for an entire year? It just might.