*UPDATE* Atlus has announced
three four new Persona games. Persona 5 exclusive to PS3 releases winter 2014 in Japan, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth exclusive to Nintendo 3DS releases in Japan 6/5, Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold for a Japanese 2014 release, and the wild card that is Persona 4: Dancing All Night for the PlayStation Vita which releases in Japan fall 2014.
First up is Persona 5‘s teaser trailer. Not much to go off of yet.External Link
The choice for PS3 only is odd, which might mean that if it comes to PS4 at all it might only be digital which would be a disappointment. I would say this is an odd decision given that PS4 is not backwards compatible and fans of the series in the US will definitely want a box to go on their shelf. For me I would hope it makes its way to the PS4 as a physical copy, as by the time it comes to the US I will have a PS4 and I probably won’t have a PS3.
Next up is the trailer for Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth which will feature characters from both Persona 3 and 4.
I am down for a chibi-Persona game and I look forward to getting some more portable Persona. In a way it kind of makes fun of what the N3DS is, Nintendo gets the kiddie looking one (of sorts for arguments sake) and PS Vita gets the full adult P4+ version. Just an observation. However this time the Vita gets the raw end of the deal.
Next is a sequel to Persona 4 Arena the fighting game made by Arc System Works (known as Persona 4: The Ultimate in Japan) Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold. It will be released in Japan in 2014 on PS3 but will release to Japanese arcades 11/28/13.
I never played the first game but I do enjoy a good fighting game from time to time and if it has anime cutscenes, that would put it over the top for me.
And then there was Persona 4: Dancing All Night. Yeah thats the spinoff Persona game we all wanted [sigh].
Looks like SEGA’s acquisition of Atlus has now bled through to their games. The obvious example is with Persona 4: Dancing All Night which has an obvious influence from their Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA franchise. Which the developer of this game is not Atlus but Dingo Inc. which is the main developer of the Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA franchise. This franchise has been extremely successful in Japan and it looks like SEGA is trying to combine the success of Persona and Hatsune Miku. This is unfortunate for us, however I am sure it will sell well in Japan.
The only one, I’m sure, we’ll see stateside is Persona 5, less likely is Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth but still with a good chance. I don’t think we will at all see a stateside release for Persona 4: Dancing All Night. That being said non of these games have been announced for a US release.
What do you think about these Persona announcements? Excited? What games would you play? Which games would you not play? What do you think about the acquisition of Atlus by SEGA so far? Sound off in the comments.