Square Enix has a lot of nice games it’s bringing to Tokyo Game Show 2015 this year, but I doubt any of them are going to generate the hype that JRPG-rival Atlus is about to generate with this bad boy. Its next major JRPG, Persona 5, will be given a full stage event at the convention on Sept. 19 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm JST.
Atlus hasn’t announced plans for a new trailer or information yet, but many of the voice and music talent behind the game will appear on stage and perform for audiences. Chances are that Atlus will have something new to show off since the game is scheduled to be released before the year is out in Japan.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness is a nice looking game, but it doesn’t come into the same category of hype that Persona 5 is going to be getting.
Tossing all history aside, Persona is the most influential console JRPG franchise these days, leading the charge for the genre while Square Enix continues to sit on Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy for another decade. Countless copycats have stolen its anime graphics, slick music, and modern Japan settings and adapted them to their own franchises, leaving the classic settings and styles behind.
Persona 4 was released seven years ago now, and its influence is still being felt today in the absence of competition. Atlus can’t lean on that success forever, though, and Final Fantasy XV and Dragon Quest XI are shaping up to be really special. Something has to give. Will Persona 5 continue in that legacy and deliver a product of dominating quality, or is Square Enix going to be snagging centerstage back?
Tokyo Game Show 2015 could reveal a lot of where this will be heading. Stay tuned for our coverage on Sept 17 through 20.