Atlus Announces a Whole Bunch of Awesome Persona Stuff
Last week, Atlus launched a website with a countdown timer that expired yesterday, November 24th, 2013. When it reached zero, four new Persona projects were announced and all of them sound fucking awesome. I’m even hype for the really, really stupid one that looks like a Hatsune Miku game. So here’s what we know so far…
First up we have Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold (goddamn I love that name), the follow-up to the bizarrely awesome Persona 4 Arena. This game had been revealed previously and it was announced that it was coming to Japanese arcades later this year. This announcement is for the console version. Specifically, the PS3, which kinda sucks since I don’t own a PS3. From the trailer, which you can see above, it looks likes this game will have some new stages, maybe introduce the Shadow versions of the characters as playable characters, bring Junpei and Yukari from P3 into the fold, and will introduce a new character (or maybe two) who seems to be an antagonist for the P4 protagonist.
Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold is scheduled for release on the PS3 in Japan in summer 2014.
Next is Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, coming to the 3DS next summer. I’m not sure where this takes place in the Persona timeline (assuming that there is one), but it will be set in Yasogami High, the school from P4. A strange tower appeared out of nowhere on the school grounds with a large bell in it. Anyone who hears the bell will die. So it’s up to the Investigation Team and SEES to figure out what the balls is going on. Instead of the traditional four-man party, you will be heading into the dungeon with a five-man party, made up of characters you pick from both teams. The dialogue and events in the game will change depending on which protagonist the player choses. The gameplay will also be incorporating elements from Etrian Odyssey, a series of games from Atlus that started on the DS. Also it’s chibi… In case you didn’t see that.
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is scheduled for release in Japan on the 3DS on June 5th, 2014.
The third game announced is probably the weirdest one so far; Persona 4: Dancing All Night, a rhythm game for the PS Vita. The game is a collaboration between Atlus and Dingo, the company that makes the Hatsune Miku games. It will feature remixes of Persona 4 tracks and will have the protagonist, Yosuke, Rise, Kanji, Chie, and other characters dancing to the songs. The game will also introduce a new character named Kanami Mashita, an idol who was hired by Rise’s company after she took a break in P4.
Persona 4: Dancing All Night is scheduled for release in Japan on the PS Vita in fall 2014.
Finally, fantastically, Persona 5 has been officially confirmed to be in development. While no details were given on the game itself, the trailer above revealed that Katsura Hashino, the director of P3 and 4, will be returning to director P5. Also coming back in their previous roles from P3 and 4 are Shigenori Soejima as character artist and Shoji Meguro as composer. The only bummer thing is that, like Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold, the game was announced for the PS3 and nothing else.
Persona 5 is scheduled for release in Japan on the PS3 in winter 2014.