Further underlining the notion that Persona has outgrown its Shin Megami Tensei roots, Atlus finally announced that Persona 5 will be coming to the Japanese PlayStation 3 in winter 2014.
The long anticipated sequel had been largely expected thanks to Atlus’ constant teasing of news related to the next Persona game. Social media, trailers that teased more teaser trailers, and a teaser website scheduled to change to persona5.jp, all built up a palpable amount of hype to be revealed during a live midnight broadcast. With Persona fans salivating at the promise of the next chapter in the beloved RPG, Atlus used the broadcast to drive their fans even crazier. The new Sega subsidiary announced Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Persona 4: Dancing All Night and the release date for Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold. No word yet on a western release for any of the titles.
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyringth is a dungeon exploring game for the Nintendo 3DS, similar to Atlus’ Etrian Odyssey and will feature both Persona 3 and Persona 4 characters. Persona Q will release on June 5, 2014.
Persona 4: Dance All Night is an aptly named sound rhythm game that takes place six months after Persona 4. Players will perform battle dances on the PS Vita in the fall of 2014.
And in news related to the greatest title in recent memory, the championship edition esque Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold will release summer 2014 for the PS3. After the success of Persona 4 Arena, Atlus and Arc System Works are expanding the roster and fine tuning the balance of the 2D fighter. An arcade cabinet will hit Japanese arcades this week.
In hindsight this was certainly a lengthy tease, but Atlus successfully wrangled the curiosity of its own fanbase, even being able to add on a few surprises. The Persona series has long been something I’ve been waiting to have a significant chunk of time to sink into it. I also love that Atlus is not afraid to churn out titles for outgoing technology. Persona 3 came out fairly late in the PS2’s life cycle and Persona 4 came out for the PS2 significantly after the PlayStation 3 was released. By winning over an audience with crisp, dynamic gameplay and fantastic story and art direction, Persona has succeeded while larger franchises like Final Fantasy have floundered.