I’m a Persona fan; discovered the games a couple of years ago, and I’m still trying to make my way through Persona 4 Golden. However, that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t completely and utterly thrilled with the four Persona-related announcements that Atlas put out today. And boy, are they great announcements.
First off, Atlas released a new trailer for Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold, which is the sequel to their first foray into fighting games, Persona 4: Arena. This trailer appears to show more of the plot of the new game, as well as exemplifying some of the new pieces of the game play and showing off the new, mysterious character, Sho Minazuki. It only takes place a couple of days after the ending of Arena, and what brings Yukari Takeba and Junpei Iori (from Persona 3 fame) into the game is the crucifixion of their friends on television. Coming out in the summer for PS3. Check out the trailer below!
Second, Persona 4: Dancing All Night. A rhythm game with the characters of Persona 4! Shown in the trailer are Rise and the protagonist of Persona 4 (Souji Seta/Yu Narukami), along with one of Rise’s other band members, Kanami. It looks like it could be quite fun, and coming out on the Vita in Japan in Fall of 2014. No word on when it’ll come out in America.
Third, it’s Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. This looks like the most fun of all of them: a dungeon crawler with characters from both Persona 3 and 4, and all in smaller, cuter versions of themselves. It appears to be canon, in which a bell rings at the same time, yet separated by a few years, and is heard by both the Persona 4 gang and the Persona 3 one. The bell transports them to a version of Yasogami High, the high school that the main characters of Persona 4 go to. Also featured are two new characters that are apparently amnesiacs. The director of the Etrian Odyssey is directing this game too, which promises a good time. It’s coming out for the Nintendo 3DS next June in Japan. No word on the English release.
And last, but most certainly not least, it’s the announcement we’ve been waiting for. That’s right, Persona 5 has an official confirmation. It’s coming out in Winter 2014 for PS3 in Japan. Once again, no word on an English release, but it’s definitely coming. The theme of the game is slavery, much like the theme of Persona 3 was relationships, and the theme of Persona 4 was denial of one’s own darkness.
I’m quite excited for these, but, of course, I’m most excited for Persona 5. It appears to be going back to that darker aspect of the Persona series, which was not present in Persona 4, which was probably the most upbeat game about murder. The fact that the theme of the game is slavery, while the Persona series is always about modern day teenagers, makes me very curious to see how it’s going to come out.
Share your opinions in the comments below! Excited for all of these new Persona spin-offs, or do you just want the series to end already?