Atlus announces Persona 5 is coming to the PS3 in winter 2014, plus three other new Persona games
Fans of the Persona series, rejoice! At a fan event in Japan this weekend, Persona developers Atlas finally revealed that the much-anticipated Persona 5 is coming. According to the brief teaser video that accompanied the announcement, the game will be available for the PS3 in winter 2014 (unfortunately, we’re guessing Atlus means a full year from now, not the winter 2014 that will begin on January 1).
It’s not clear whether the game will be released for other platforms, or when (if ever) it will be released outside of Japan.
But that’s not the only Persona news that came out of the event. Atlus also announced three additional new Persona games. The first, titled Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold, is a PS3 fighting game and the sequel to Persona 4 Arena, Atlus’s previous Persona fighting game. Here’s the trailer for Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold (skip about 30 seconds in to get to where footage of the actual gameplay starts), which is hitting Japan in summer 2014:
The second new Persona game is Persona 4: Dancing All Night, which as you might guess, is a rhythm game for the Playstation Vita. If that sounds a little weird to you, you’re not the only one, but the series is known for it’s distinctive (and fairly danceable) music, so Dancing All Night will probably appeal to Persona fans who like the series’s soundtrack and also enjoy rhythm games. Here’s the trailer:
The final new Persona game announced is Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, an RPG for the Nintendo 3DS that’s an apparent mash-up of Persona characters and the world of Atlus’s Etrian Odyssey games. This one may be the most mysterious of the bunch, but you won’t have to wait too long to play it, as it comes out (in Japan) on June 5, 2014. Here’s the trailer:
Of course, there’s no word on when any of these games will be released outside Japan, if ever. But we can probably assume that at least some of them will have English versions available outside Japan eventually.