Over the last few days, Atlus held a 72-hour long countdown for Atlus’ Persona franchise, with videos being streamed as part of the “Teaser! Persona Event” via the NicoNico video service as well as on giant screens located in six major Japanese cities (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Sendai and Sapporo). After days of teasing, the announcements were finally made earlier today:
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth:
The Persona franchise finally arrives on a Nintendo console with Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, a role-playing game for the Nintendo 3DS that combines the casts of both Persona 3 and Persona 4. Taking place on the last day of the Yasogami High culture festival, the heroes of Persona 4 see a mysterious bell tower appear on the school grounds. The cast of Persona 3, who also hear the ominous ringing, find themselves transported to the future, where they join up with the cast of Persona 4. Trapped in a school now covered in “Shadows”, they meet two curious amnesiacs named Zen and Rei, who may be the key to the mystery that has befallen them. The game will give users the choice of playing as the silent protagonist of Persona 3 or Persona 4, which will determine which story path they progress through, with the characters of each respective game receiving more focus if you play as that game’s protagonist.
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is currently slated for 5th June, 2014 release in Japan.
Persona 4: Dancing All Night:
Co-developed by Dingo, Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a “sound action game” featuring many songs from Persona 4. Set half a year after the Inaba City serial murder case, rumours begin spreading that at state at midnight, if you see a strange video playing on a certain site, you wil be transported to the “other side” and never wake up. In the game, you and other Persona 4 characters engage in “dance battles” with the Shadows. The game will be released exclusively for PlayStation Vita in Japan next autumn.
Persona 4: The Ultimate Ultrasuplex Hold:
Try saying that title after having had a few. A third game was shown off during the presentation – a sequel to the highly acclaimed Persona 4 Arena that will be released in Japanese arcades starting from Thursday, before being released on the PlayStation 3 next summer. Set mere days after Persona 4 Arena, time is warped and people start to disappear when the city of Inaba finds itself covered in a red fog. To make things worse, the Persona 4 team discover Mitsuru and Akihiko being crucified on the Midnight Channel. Persona 3 characters Yukari and Junpei of the Shadow Worker Unit appear in front of the Inaba students, stating their intention to save their upperclassmen. Players will be able to play as a multitude of characters, as well as their “Shadow” alter-egos.
At the very end of the presentation, a brief teaser trailer for the upcoming Persona 5 was shown, announcing that the game will be released on the PlayStation 3 during Winter 2014.
With a multitude of games all due out for next year, with the Year of Luigi ending in just over a month, does this make 2014 the Year of Persona? Will you be picking up any of these games?