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Persona 5, three Persona 4 spin-offs coming in 2014

Sunday, 24th November 2013 22:06 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Persona 5 is coming, but that’s not all Atlus has in store for fans this year, with three Persona 4 spin-offs on the way, too. Teaser trailers and all details through the break.

In a series of announcements made during a livestreamed event this weekend, and following a series of clues and teasers, Atlus finally committed to what we’ve all known had to come eventually – Persona 5. A PlayStation 3 exclusive, it’s been confirmed for northern winter release in Japan, but no western date has been announced.

Hardcore fans of the Shin Megami Tensei sub-franchise may take some pleasure in key staff confirmed for the project so far – director Katsura Hashino, character designer Shigenori Soejima and composer Shoji Meguro. A Japanese website is available, although it’s pretty bare at present.

Here’s the first teaser trailer:

Before we get Persona 5 there’ll be a couple of Persona 4 games to enjoy. Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is a 3DS dungeon crawler starring chibi versions of characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4. It’s due in Japan in June 2014, but again, has not yet been confirmed for western release.

The plot has a strange clock tower appearing in the school yard in Persona 4; its peals somehow transport the heroes of Persona 3 to the world of Persona 4 and trap them there. The two teams must find the lost memories of new characters Zen and Rei. You can choose to play as Persona 3‘s Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad or Persona 4‘s Investigation Team, and will see different dialogue and more detailed events depending on this choice.

Directed by Daisuke Kaneda, who also gave us Etrian Odyssey, it uses a command battle system. Hashino is acting as chief producer, while Soejima is and Meguro will again provide their talents.

Again, there’s a new website and a teaser trailer.

The next new title is little kookier; Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a Vita exclusive “sound action” game from Dingo, developer of the bestselling Hatsune Miku games. It’s due in northern autumn 2014 in Japan; no western launch, again.

Gameplay takes the form of “battle dance” – whatever that is – in a mysterious world called the Mayonaka Stage.

Set six months after Persona 4, it has Rise Kujikawa returning to show business. Member’s of her idol group Kanamin Kitchen begin to vanish after rumours arise of a website which can transport visitors to another world. Yu Narukami will return, and new character Kanami Mashita was announced.

Here’s the teaser and website:

Finally, the last announcement was the release date of fighter sequel Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold, which is coming to arcades in Japan on November 28. The PS3 version is coming in northern summer 2014 – in Japan only, at this stage.

All details courtesy of Gematsu, drawing on Japanese reports: 1, 2, 3, 4.

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  1. ActionGameKing

    About time you guys posted this most excellent news!!! :)

    Now I just have to play P4:Golden between now and then and see what all the fuss is about!

    #1 5 months ago
  2. YoungZer0

    Wow. Winter 2014? Are they fucking serious? P5 should’ve been out like 2 years ago. Why the fuck are they so slow?! I can’t wait another year. Let alone 2, because that’s how long Atlus will take to translate and release it over seas.

    Seriously, why do they need to wait an entire generation to release this game? Especially if you consider that the current console gen JRPG’s have been nothing but utter shit.

    #2 5 months ago
  3. Obernox

    PERSONAlly, i’m excited.

    :)

    #3 5 months ago
  4. fihar

    @2

    Catherine was released in the US a couple of months after the initial Japanese release, as was P4 and P4A. Europeans are probably still fucked and looking at what happened to P4A, there’s a chance that the stupid region lock will rear its ugly head once more.

    As to the question of why, I have absolutely no idea. It is their prerogative and it’s not like there’s anything we can do about it, other than not buying the games.

    #4 5 months ago
  5. Clupula

    @2 – I see you don’t remember that this is how Atlus almost ALWAYS is with the series.

    Persona 2: Eternal Punishment for PS1 came out a year into the PS2′s lifetime.

    Persona 3 came out in Summer of 2006, just before the launch of the PS3.

    Persona 4 came out in late 2008 in the States and early 2009 in Europe, after the PS3 had already been out for a bit and had already started to pick up steam from Metal Gear Solid 4′s release.

    Atlus like to make sure they’re completely comfortable with a system before releasing a Persona game. You won’t see a Persona title on PS4 until late in that system’s lifetime, as well.

    Atlus released Catherine to see what they could do with the system and then started work on Persona 5. They’ll probably do the same with Persona 6.

    Anyone who is actually a long time fan of the series would have expected nothing but PS3.

    #5 5 months ago
  6. Clupula

    @3 – You should have said you were BEARy excited.

    #6 5 months ago
  7. Clupula

    @4 – The region locking was only for one reason: They didn’t want to lose Japanese sales on P4A, being that the U.S. version was scheduled to come out only a few weeks after the Japanese one and had full Japanese voices. The U.S. version was also cheaper than the Japanese one, so Atlus were afraid of Japanese fans importing the U.S. version instead of giving them sales in their main region.

    I only see region locking possibly returning for P4U and only if the U.S. version and the Japanese version are close in release to each other. If the U.S. version comes out a few months later, I don’t see it happening again.

    There’s pretty much zero chance Persona 5 will be region locked.

    #7 5 months ago
  8. fihar

    @7
    Right, I forgot about that.
    Well, good for you Europeans then.

    Still, even if traditions dictate when Persona should be released, it’s still pretty shitty having to hold on to an already aged system just for one game, albeit a potentially brilliant one.
    Just because it’s been going on for the last 4 entries, a shitty decision is still a shitty decision.

    Oh well, I have to admit, I do love Meguro’s score that much. So fuck it.

    #8 5 months ago
  9. Clupula

    @8 – Not for me. I have no plans to get a PS4 until there’s about 20 exclusives for it that I absolutely must have. Don’t see that happening until around 2015 or so, so the more PS3 games I get in the meantime, the better. 2014 is a great year for PS3 games, so far.

    #9 5 months ago
  10. Clupula

    I’m still hoping Last Guardian is kept as the final real first party PS3 title.

    #10 5 months ago
  11. taylorlauder

    No PS4 huh…

    #11 5 months ago
  12. dizzygear

    @7 The PR damage from that region lock fiasco is probably enough to stop Sega from ever pulling the same shit as Index.

    Having a game branded as the first and last region locked PS3 game just to stop a handful of reverse importers. Im sure it was worth it…

    #12 5 months ago
  13. foofly

    @12 I forgot Sega were at the helm now. Sega have never region locked a PS3 game before. I don’t see them starting now.

    #13 5 months ago
  14. 2-D

    You are now officially the slowest news site in the world.

    #14 5 months ago