It comes as no surprise to fans that Atlus are going to start milking the Persona 5 brand after it’s huge success, just announced to have surpassed 1.8 million copies sold worldwide last week. After numerous domain names being registered leaving fans to speculate, three new Persona games have finally been announced at the Persona Super Live P-Sound Bomb! Concert. Persona Q2 for Nintendo 3DS, Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night for PS4 and PSVita, and Persona 5 Dancing Star Night for PS4 and PSVita.
Persona Q2 comes as a sequel to the 2014 spin-off that combined the worlds of Persona 3 and 4 in a chibi art style. That game featured the typical dungeon crawling gameplay we are used to in the main series as well as a similar battle system. All while not managing to break the main canon. We predict that Q2 will follow suit but very little has actually been confirmed about the game. All we know based on the slogan and general design is that it will feature Persona 5 characters. The game is to be released on the 3DS much like it’s predecessor and will likely feature a subtitle according to a Famitsu extra issue given out at the concert.
Next up we have Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night, a spin-off from 3 or… a Dancing All Night sequel? Either way the game clearly uses the same engine as 4’s spin-off, and it is being released on the PS4 as well as the Vita, seeing as it continues to perform better than it’s handheld counterpart on the market. At this point, how this game fits into the storyline is to be confirmed seeing as… Well you know if you played 3 till the end. It is to be released in the Spring of 2018 which could be later for us in the west depending on the speed of the localisation. We also got a sample of it’s opening theme at the concert as well as it’s counterparts…
A dancing spin-off was also announced for 5, titled Persona 5 Dancing Star Night. Atlus seem to be treating both the rhythm games in a similar way to how Game Freak handle Pokemon; almost as two different versions. They’re both set for release in Spring 2018 for PS4 and PSVita, and their trailers are handled in a very similar fashion. The new intro theme, 4 main characters dancing in a line… As long as they’re both up to the same standards as 4’s dancing spin-off, the games should do fine. We also get a look at new costumes for the two protagonists.
Whilst we’re sure all three games will be pure fan service, too much of that never hurt anyone. The remixes from the dancing spin-offs sound great and it’s awesome to see the Persona 3 cast get new HD character models. It also seems Persona 5’s going to be around for a while, especially after we heard it’s TV adaption would begin airing next year. What do you think of the announcements? Were you surprised they weren’t saved for TGS in September? Be sure to stick around the site as we’ll continue to provide updates and coverage on these games and other things Shin Megami Tensei.
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