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10:45 AM on 02.17.2014

Stupei gets slapped in his Persona Q video

While we were beary excited to bring you Teddie and Aigis' Persona Q trailers last week, we totally whiffed on Junpei and Yukari. We've got to show Persona 3 some love. I'm more excited for both of their entrances into Persona 4 Arena, but seeing Junpei get slapped and Yukari's cute little cherub bow (below) is nice.

Steven Hansen

3:15 PM on 02.14.2014

Beary cool: Teddie & Aigis get their Persona Q trailers

Is Aigis not doing the stilted robotic voice because of where Persona Q falls in the timeline, or did the Japanese voice actor never do it? Because that was a bothersome element to Aigis' character for me. Not as annoying as...

Steven Hansen

3:20 PM on 02.04.2014

Persona Q 'like playing two whole RPGs altogether'

It's a good day when I can just sit and write several articles about Persona. The last bit of the lengthy interview with Katsura Hashino, following talk on Persona 5, Persona 4: Dancing All Night, and Persona 4: The Ultimax U...

Steven Hansen



Persona 4: Dancing All Night & Persona 4 Arena's future photo
Persona 4: Dancing All Night & Persona 4 Arena's future
by Steven Hansen

The lengthy interview with Katsura Hashino wasn't just about Persona 5. The whole gamut of Atlus announcements were touched on, including the wonderfully named Persona 4: Dancing All Night. "[W]e'd actually been thinking about making a ryhthm game with Persona music for a while," Hashino explained, but they didn't have the expertise to do it. That's where the partnership with Dingo came in.

"It's actually similar to how Persona 4 Arena was created. We wanted to bring Shigenori Soejima's character art to life by way of a fighting game and this time we thought it would be nice if Shoji Meguro's music had its turn in the spotlight."

Hashino also said it was a gesture towards fans that purchased a Vita just for Persona 4: Golden, giving them more Persona 4 as a thanks for their support. "Life can be rough out there in the world these days...It's meant to be a light and sort of bubbly experience."

Of course, that doesn't mean it will be without a story. And, speaking of Persona 4's spin off stories, Hashino explained that Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold is meant to "give that storyline some proper closure and tie everything up nicely," and that any continuation "would likely be as part of a new story altogether." 

And here’s the complete and final version of the interview [Pepsiman Tumblr]

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Persona 5: Painting the town red & social responsibility photo
Persona 5: Painting the town red & social responsibility
by Steven Hansen

"I feel that in today's world, there's no shortage of people that are bored and discontent with their lives," says Persona 5 director Katsura Hashino. "They're at a dead end, chained down to a world of which they resent being a part."

Translator Pepsiman has translated a lengthy interview with Katsura Hashino about the upcoming Persona 5, which we still know little about. Every little morsel is like sipping on an élan vital cocktail. Or soma.

Hashino emphasized how Persona 5 is about empowerment, explaining, "the characters in this game, through sheer force of will, are out to destroy that which suffocates people in today's society." While this sounds similar to past outings, this freedom is, "aside from what [Persona 3 and 4] discussed," not just about banding together with a group.

He wants players to feel, "like they've found a renewed sense of self and an understanding that they can't be apathetic towards what's going on in society." People that play games seem aggressively apathetic to what's going on in society sometimes, so that's an interesting aim. Of course, Hashino noted, "I'm not interested in force feeding a message down players' throats," and Persona fans who want to ignore its themes will find a typically wonderful role-playing experience all the same.

As blue was to P3 and yellow to P4, red is Persona 5's color, as the teaser image suggests. Red "can be a pretty hard color on the eyes," Hashino noted, which has required some extra effort in making the interface "palatable."

I almost don't want to hear or see anything else; to be reminded that I probably won't be playing this game for a year plus. Tom Petty was right. The waiting is the hardest part. 

And here’s the complete and final version of the interview [Pepsiman Tumblr]

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12:30 PM on 01.17.2014

Chie and Akihiko spar in latest Persona Q trailers

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth seems terribly far away, but, like clockwork, Atlus has returned with yet another set of character introductions for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS dungeon crawler. Keep twisting that knife, Atl...

Kyle MacGregor





9:44 AM on 01.04.2014

Check out these Persona 3 battle system prototypes

Wow!  Now, don't get me wrong. I love Atlus' Persona 3 just the way it is and I wouldn't change a thing, but check out this posting from game director Katsura Hoshino from back in 2007. Its two videos show off a pr...

Dale North

10:30 AM on 12.26.2013

Music previews for Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth

We're still far away from the release of Persona 3 and Persona 4 dungeon crawling mash-up Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, but it's never to early to start lusting. Just by looking at the first screenshots I knew this game...

Dale North

12:30 PM on 12.20.2013

Persona Q: Shadow of Labyrinth gets adorable new trailer

You've heard of Persona Q: Shadows of the Labyrinth, right? It's basically a chibi spinoff of the series, involving bits and pieces of Persona 3 and 4, and it's heading to the 3DS next year. Based on the initial reveal ...

Chris Carter

11:00 PM on 12.03.2013

Take a closer look at Persona Q: Shadows of the Labyrinth

Persona Q: Shadows of the Labyrinth is all kinds of adorable. Astride the cast of familiar names are a pair of new faces, amnesiacs (because of course they have amnesia) named Zen and Rei, the latter of which frequently ...

Kyle MacGregor

7:00 PM on 12.03.2013

Persona 4 Golden surpasses 700K units shipped worldwide

Persona 4 Golden has exceeded 700,000 shipments worldwide, Atlus has announced. That total encapsulates digital sales in addition to physical orders placed by brick and mortar outlets.  Atlus is celebrating the mile...

Kyle MacGregor

12:30 AM on 12.03.2013

Persona 4: Dancing All Night screens look just amazing

Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a real thing that's happening. Even a week after its unveiling, there's still probably more than a few devout Atlus fans left paralyzed by the announcement. I can picture them now, staring blan...

Kyle MacGregor

3:30 PM on 11.29.2013

Atlus is free to revive classic Sega brands

When Sega purchased Index Holdings along with Atlus back in September, many fans of the niche company were worried about the future of their beloved library of titles. Fast forward to today, it all looks like it's busine...

Alessandro Fillari

7:00 AM on 11.29.2013

Persona 4 Arena sequel strikes Japanese arcades

Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold hit Japanese arcades yesterday. The fighting game is slated to expand its reach to PlayStation 3 in the country sometime next summer, Atlus announced earlier this week during the...

Kyle MacGregor

5:15 PM on 11.27.2013

Vague details about Persona 5's story sound like Persona

Dengeki PlayStation has had some vague hints about the recently confirmed Persona 5. First off, apparently the shackled chairs are indeed part of a high school classroom, though the game is said to have a different mood ...

Steven Hansen

11:00 PM on 11.25.2013

Atlus summoning second Persona 3 film in summer 2014

The follow-up to Persona 3 the Movie #1: Spring of Birth will release in Japan next summer, Cinema Today reports. The announcement was made at a special event for the first film, which debuted in Japanese theaters l...

Kyle MacGregor