Today, Japan concluded its 72 hour long “Teaser! Persona Event”, which had been streamed via the NicoNico video service and on giant screens in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sendai and Sapporo. During the event, four upcoming games for Atlus’ Persona franchise were announced. That’s right, four.
Name: Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Despite previous Shin Megami Tensei games having been released on Nintendo consoles in the past (such as the recent exclusive Shin Megami Tensei IV), an entry in the Persona side-series had yet to be announced for any console made by the Kyoto-based gaming company, until today. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, a role-playing game that mixes the casts of both Persona 3 and 4 was announced for the Nintendo 3DS.
On the last day of the Yasogami High culture festival an ominous bell tower appears on the school grounds, an event that is witnessed by both the cast of Persona 4 and Persona 3 – with the latter finding themselves transported into the time of the former. The two groups find themselves trapped in the school, which is now covered in “Shadows”, as well as two amnesiacs called Zen and Rei, who might just hold the key to this strange mystery. Players can choose to take on the role of the silent protagonist from either Persona 3 or Persona 4, with their choice affecting which side of the cast receives more attention and how the story develops. The game will be released in Japan on 5th June, 2014.
Name: Persona 4: Dancing All Night
Platform: PlayStation Vita
Developer: Atlus and Dingo
A “sound action” rhythm game featuring songs from Persona 4. Half a year after the resolution of the Inaba City serial murder case, rumours start to emerge that say that if you see a strange video playing on a certain site at midnight, you will find yourself transported to the “other side”, where you will never wake up. You and the cast of Persona 4 must engage in dance battles with the Shadows. The game will be released in Japan next autumn.
Name: Persona 4: The Ultimate Ultrasuplex Hold
Platform: Arcade and PlayStation 3
And the winner of the award for “Video game title you do not want to recite while drunk” is…Persona 4: The Ultimate Ultrasuplex Hold, a sequel to the critically acclaimed Persona 4 Arena. Set only days after the events of the preceeding game, time has become warped and when Inaba City is covered in a mysterious red fog, people start to disappear. Yukari and Junpei of Persona 3 have arrived in the rural town, declaring their intent to the students of Inaba City that they will protect their upperclassmen. The game will be playable in Japanese game centres from this Thursday, while the PlayStation 3 version will be released next summer.
The game will also feature the ability for players to play as “Shadow-type alter egos” of existing characters.
Name: Persona 5
Platform: PlayStation 3
The final title shown during the event was a brief teaser trailer for the highly anticipated Persona 5, which will be released exclusively for the PlayStation 3 next winter.
Will you be picking up any of these games?