In case you missed it yesterday, Atlus announced that four new Persona games are coming to North America. Four games! That’s quite a lot of Persona!
The titles announced were Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Persona 4: Dancing All Night, and Persona 5.
Here’s what Naoto Hiraoka, president and CEO, had to say on the matter:
“The Persona series is one of the most progressive, mature role playing game franchises in the world, and a cornerstone of what makes ATLUS a great video game company. The latest ventures into the worlds of Persona 3 and 4 give new perspective and depth to some of gaming’s most incredible characters, and the new games have a wide enough breadth to be enthralling for newcomers to the series.”
There’s a whole lot of variety here, so these new Persona games should appeal to anyone.
First up is Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, a dungeon-crawling RPG that’s a cross-over between Etrian Odyssey and Persona. What does this mean? Persona characters have been overhauled in the Etrian Odyssey style, and the game features two different plotlines for characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4. It’s also the first Persona game on any Nintendo system.
Then there’s Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, the sequel to Persona 4 Arena. It brings new 1-hit special attacks, and new characters such as Sho Minazuki.
Persona 4: Dancing All Night is the weirdest of the bunch. This game features Rise back on the “other side,” and battling the Shadows of the Midnight Stage with dance! This Persona is a rhythm-based game coming to the PS Vita.
Finally, there’s Persona 5, the next entry in the critically-acclaimed RPG series. It’s coming to the Playstation 3.
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth and Persona 4: Arena Ultimax are expected for Fall 2014. Persona 4: Dancing All Night and Persona 5 are expected for 2015. Expect more news on the games as they become available.