Today, during a special Persona event, Atlus officially announced Persona 5, including a couple of other unexpected surprises. While Persona 5 has been something that has been rumoured on the cards for some time, Atlus have been working on some other Persona related goodies, which are all set to be released in Japan in the near future.
P4U: Persona 4 The Ultimate Ultra Suplex
Though it is slightly worrying that Atlus may be milking Persona 4 a little too much, it’s hard not to get excited to the followup of Persona 4 Arena, a fighting game that heavily continued the narrative of Persona 4 in a huge way. Though Persona 4 Arena wasn’t a game that would appeal to everyone, it featured some well-written text and an interesting storyline, following well-known and loved characters from Persona 4. Though not much is known regarding P4U yet, we hope that it’ll bring more of the same solid mechanics that was so greatly appreciated in the first fighting game.
Persona 4: Dancing All Night
Announced for PS Vita, Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a rhythm/music game set during the events of Persona 4. Launhing in Japan in the fall of 2014, there is yet to be announced a Western release, but let’s remain hopeful. The soundtrack of the Persona series is one of the most important parts of the franchise, without question, and what a better way to celebrate the music of the series.
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
Other than the obvious, this is without a doubt one of the most exciting announcements of the bunch for me. Releasing for the 3DS, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is an RPG that features a collaboration of characters from both of the popular Persona 3 and Persona 4 franchises. This cute entry in the Persona series is slated to be released in June 2014 in Japan.
Finally, the one that everyone has been anticipating with bated breath, Persona 5, is the exciting fifth entry in the Shin Megami Tensai: Persona series that dates back for more than a decade now. The latest core title in the series, Persona 4 was released on PS2 back in 2008, and PS Vita as Persona 4 Golden last year in 2012. Though not much news has been revealed regarding the new title in the popular series, the video above teases mysterious images of shackles and a series of chairs.
The game was announced for PS3 (not surprisingly) to be released in the Winter of 2014, but again, no Western release has been confirmed as of yet.
In any case, it looks promising for fans of the popular niche francise, and we’ll hold hopes that it’ll eventually make its way to the Western shores.