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1:30 PM on 02.21.2014

Uh, okay: Atlus is doing a Persona variety show

Atlus is planning to start broadcasting Persona Stalker Club, a Persona-themed variety show, starting February 28. The live stream last November that saw the announcements of Persona 5, Persona Q, Persona 4: Dancing All Night...

Steven Hansen

1:00 PM on 02.21.2014

Tres bien! Atlus announces Persona Q 3DS bundle

And doesn't have a picture to show for it. Damn. I need to see this design. Atlus has confirmed a 3DS XL bundle (for Japan) for when Persona Q drops on June 5 (in Japan). In a typically nice Atlus move, first print copies of ...

Steven Hansen

10:15 AM on 02.21.2014

Yes: Full-length subtitled Persona Q trailer

Our Tumblr pal pepsimangb is at it again, doing the Lord's work. He has subtitled the newest full-length Persona Q trailer for your viewing pleasure. This new one focuses on the Persona 3 crew, though the P4 cast does show u...

Dale North





2:00 AM on 02.21.2014

These are the 30 most wanted upcoming games in Japan

Famitsu released a list of the top 30 most wanted games in Japan, and it really shouldn't surprise anyone that the #1 most wanted is Persona 5. From there Mario Kart 8, Final Fantasy XV, Samurai Warriors 4, and Kingdom Hearts...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:30 AM on 02.20.2014

Persona Q: Party members can use alternate Personas

This week's new Famitsu reveals a few more details on upcoming 3DS game Persona Q: Shadow of Labyrinth. The most interesting new bit confirms that other Persona 3 and Persona 4 party members can use alternate Personas, called...

Dale North

1:30 PM on 02.19.2014

Persona director has a message for fans: It's not P5 news

Following Atlus going back to being called Atlus yesterday, Persona series director Katsura Hashino updated the Persona blog for the first time since the company was purchased by Sega Sammy. Unfortunately, it's not Persona 5 ...

Steven Hansen

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