Sunday, November 24, 2013

Persona 5 is real, coming to PS3 (in Japan) next Winter.

All we've got is this teaser trailer, which shows nothing except a bunch of enslaved chairs, a title, a platform and a release window.

Unless Atlus USA is somehow struck by lightning and destroyed, what with Sega's recent acquisition of the company, I'd say it's a safe bet we'll get whatever Persona 5 turns out to be in the west.

Now, some folks may be thinkin' "Why, Atlus?  Why release your highly-anticipated sequel to one of the greatest RPGs of all time right at the end of the PS3's life cycle, when everyone's getting so excited over the PS4?"  (Worse than that, it's unlikely Persona 5 will see a western release prior to 2015.)

The thing is, this is kinda' how Atlus rolls.  They put out Persona 3 just before the 7th generation of consoles happened, and we were well into the PS3/360 era when Persona 4 dropped.  They seem to do this intentionally - releasing their major games when the market has purchased all the consoles they ever will.

If you're a bit crushed that this teaser for P5 doesn't mention any of your favorite Persona characters, fear not - there's still plenty more Persona 3 and 4 to go around.  For example, would you like a Persona 3/4 mashup on the 3DS?  'Cause Persona Q : Shadow of the Labyrinth was announced today, too, with cute chibi variations on characters you love.

If you'd like a Persona-themed rhythm game a'la the vocaloid stuff on the Vita?  That's happening too, with Persona 4's hero, Rise, Kanami, Yosuke, Chie, Kanji "and more" dancing their buns off in Persona 4 : Dancing All Night.  Word is it's coming from the current king of Japanese rhythm game developers, Dingo (who make those Hatsuke Miku games).

Finally, the latest in Atlus's team-up with (BlazBlue/Guilty Gear developer) Arc System Works is also coming to the PS3 in 2014.

A big day for Atlus announcements!  Here's hoping we get a proper trailer for Persona 5 soon. I'm trusting it'll look as good as Catherine did.

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