Atlus “Working Hard” On The Next Persona Game

By Ishaan . March 19, 2013 . 1:15am

The next Persona game is in development. We’ve known this for quite a while, and while Atlus have been secretive about the game, they do like to toss out the occasional reminder that they’re working on it. Atlus designer, Katsura Hashino, did this once again this past weekend at a Dengeki games festival broadcast on NicoNico:



In the video above, Hashino thanks franchise fans and mentions that the team is working hard on the next Persona game, also taking the time to talk a little bit about Persona 4: Golden on the Vita.


In case you’ve lost track, here are all the major Persona 5 teases to date:

Soejima, Meguro and Hashino Will Return For Persona 5

Persona 5 Is In Development, But Won’t Be Released For Quite Some Time

Persona 5 Teased By Director Katsura Hashino… Again

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  • JonathanisPrimus

    Or hardly working. ehehehehe

  • Go2hell66

    working hard on the next persona game… for cellphones?

    • Isaac Newton

      If they do it it’s like bungee jumping without the rope dude.

  • I hope it’s for current-gen consoles, PS3 and 360, so it can reach as big an audience as possible

    • Kenny Loh

      360 not so possible anymore because 360 is died in Japan but really hoping a PS3 version, even the possible also not much but still more than 360.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Remember though, Atlus is a much more globally recognized company now. Persona’s recognition in the west in particular has only risen since P4. The Persona team’s Catherine also brought them in 230k across PS3 and 360 in the west. With a larger western audience now, I don’t think they’ll be deciding based on Japan’s state alone here.

        Which is to say a 360 version isn’t out of the question just because it’s dead in Japan. They may take the Rising route and have the game PS3 exclusive in Japan and multiplatform globally.

        • malek86

          That said, the state of the western market for 360 RPGs is pretty poor overall. While it might be multiplatform, I have my doubts it will be so. I think it would be interesting to see the difference in sales between both versions of P4A to get a vague idea of where the fanbase is.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Even that might be a bit misleading. How many of the people who bought P4A were Persona fans? Arc System Works fans? Fighting fans in general? Even with that data we might see the standard PS3-360 fighting game split. There’d be no real way to tell what we were looking at.

            As for the 360, in what sense are we talking? As in RPGs don’t typically sell well on the platform or what?

          • Zarx

            “P4A were Persona fans? Arc System Works fans? Fighting fans in general?”
            I’m pretty much all of those, fighting games usually have better sales(or at least in my knowledge) on the 360 with it having better(usually smoother) net play. However when it comes to anime fighters there’s usually a larger crowd on PS3.
            EDIT: Better net play for competitive players.

          • Solomon_Kano

            I’m all of those as well. P4A was announced before I got into Persona, but ASW and it being a fighter sold me.

            You’re right about the divide between fighters on PS3 and 360. As you said though, P4A being an anime fighter changes that. It’d be a hard scenario to discern from pure numbers.

          • malek86

            Uhm. I think fighters actually sell better on PS3. Don’t quote me on that though, it’s just something I remember reading somewhere, hardly a trustowrthy opinion… it would make sense though, as most fighting games today are series that haul from PS1/PS2 times.

            As for how many people bought P4A, I think there was a decent number of Persona fans buying it for the story. Either way, if the split is different from usual, we can assume some of them were Persona fans.

            I do think the market for RPGs on the 360 has essentially crumbled since no exclusive was made anymore after 2009 or so, and even multiplatform games were essentially limited to some big stuff (Final Fantasy XIII+2), with everything else going the way of the PS3 alone. Even the Wii was pretty much off the RPG market, and I imagine that Last Story and Xenoblade suffered because of it.

            Either way, I mean to say that, at this point, unless you have specifically made a multiplatform engine from the start, a 360 version of a not-overly-big RPG probably doesn’t make too muh sense.

          • Locklear93

            I believe you’re right, regarding the PS3 being more the home of fighter players, at least in the competitive scene. While talking with some fairly serious fighting gamers (the kind who ATTEND EVO rather than just watch streams), I was told PS3 is kind of the defacto tournament system. That said, not every player is serious enough to care about that.

          • Isaac Newton

            I thought that P4:A on 360 is very LAGGY when it come to net play. I try and test it bro!

            “and 360 is for mindless shooters” SARCASMS!

          • LightZero

            The state of PS3 jrpgs in the west aren’t much better. In fact they are dead even. If you aren’t FF, KH, or Pokemon you will sell like crap compared to most wrpgs or FPS.

    • I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of it being for Vita and/or 3DS.

  • Raze

    I prefer they you know…
    Doing it secretly…
    I mean…Look what happen at vsxiii…
    Just provide us fans some ss/scene/video gameplay in the same year of that game will be released…That’s all…

  • Scratch90

    If they do release on consoles, I hope they don’t release it near the end of PS3/360 cycle, but thats asking for trouble or we end up getting half-assed game. I hope that they also put this on PS3/360 and PS4 as well.

    • Wasn’t Persona 4 released near the end of PS2? Or NA, release anyways.

      • Scratch90

        Yeah thats what I mean, and the sales I heard didn’t meet the target.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Oh? Huh. I’d never heard any indication as to how it sold.

          That said, the series is bigger in Japan than here, so the state of that market will be the determining factor. Pending SE’s new FF is coming this or next year, it’ll likely be a bit before Japanese adoption of the new consoles takes off (even Nintendo hasn’t hit 1 mil. yet for Wii U), so Atlus will likely aim for the larger install base rather than bet on next gen. A stable target is safer than a moving one, after all.

          • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

            Sales didn’t meet the target?
            P4G and P4A not only met their respective targets, but exceeded those targets. Both titles contributed to Index’s bottom line in a huge way.

            Also, I hope Atlus USA doesn’t take 6 months to localize this game. One of the goals set by the new CEO of Atlus USA is to better coordinate localization between Atlus Japan and its US subsidiary.

          • Solomon_Kano

            I was asking about the original P4. The OP said P4 didn’t meet expectations, so I was asking about that. Any idea how that title did in the US?

            As for P5’s localization, I’d expect it to be quicker. Dragon’s Crown doesn’t have a set release in the US officially, but it hits Japan in July and they announced it for Summer for us. Well, that only leaves them one more month if it isn’t simultaneous. Soul Hackers didn’t see a huge gap either, so I think they’ll stand by that goal.

          • malek86

            Like Scratch90 said, P4 PS2 in the US didn’t meet its sales target (110k with 150k expected), presumably due to the state of the PS2 market at the time of release. That said, it certainly helped gain a lot of awareness.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Thanks for that confirmation.

            That said, Atlus is in a very different position now than then, so I think a similar scenario would prove more successful now than then. Demon’s Souls and Catherine did very cell for Atlus USA and the Persona brand too has gained strength. I think they’re in a good position should P5 remain current ge.

          • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

            Atlus USA is on a roll during recent years. P4G’s limited edition (Solid Gold Premium Edition) was sold out on Amazon EXTREMELY quickly. It was astounding! :D

          • Solomon_Kano

            Yea, I remember that. I was pretty shocked. It’s a nice thing to watch them grow in recognition like this.

          • malek86

            Catherine did well I guess, but I don’t know how great. It sold 500k worldwide by October, but we know that’s 260k for Japan and 230k for EU+ USA together. Considering that Atlus USA had shipped 200k copies of the game the first month (whereas NPD then reported sales of 78k), that likely means most of the first-shipment copies were still on shelves after three months, and probably eventually sold at a slashed price.

            I guess it did well, but I wonder if they expected it to do better, or at least, if they overshipped a bit in the USA.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Monetarily speaking, yea, it probably didn’t make them the most money in the west due to the period over which it sold. As you said, there were likely a number of copies sold at slashed prices.That said, so long as those copies were bought by someone, I’d say that makes them a potential consumer for P5.

            Catherine’s implications aside, I’d imagine P5 will already do better with RPGs having a wider appeal than anime puzzle games.

          • Scratch90

            Last I heard after P3FES they want to make P4 vanilla on current gen, considering how most people at that time own PS3/360 but Atlus think that Persona fanbase was still strong even on PS2 so they decided on that platform. I don’t remember the JP sales (I think it’s quite good) for P4 but in NA they sold 110,000 copies, where the target sales is 150,000 at that time. Of course, maybe it has now increased.

            That said, If they do just release on PS4 as exclusive, then f*** it, I’ll buy PS4 day one.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Considering Atlus’ output this gen and their history, I’d imagine current gen is most likely. Things have changed since P4 though. Atlus was a smaller name in the US and that was 2/3 years into next gen. So far, there’s nothing announced for early next gen that’s looking to snatch away the PS360 consumer base and the Wii U has yet to hit mass adoption.

            As it stands, P5 on current gen would likely be very successful if they can get it out by 2014. Atlus has a MUCH larger profile in the west now, thanks to the word of mouth the Persona games saw following their release as well as Demon’s Souls and Catherine — which came in within 30k of its Japanese release.


      • Solomon_Kano

        Both in NA and Japan, yea. We got it just 6 months later.

  • Chris Yuen

    I wouldn’t mind a multi-platform release. Would be even better if there’s cross-buy, so that I can play it both on my PS3 and PSVita. P4G is just glorious to play on the OLED screen. Looking forward to see how much the in-game character models will be improved though.

    • Detrimont

      i think the character models will be good, they said awhile back that the graphic engine they were going to be using was an internal developed one, and that the graphics were better than that of catherine(which were pretty good)

      • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

        Better than Catherine? Now that’s something to look forward to. :)

        • Kazuma Kazzie Kaz Kaz

          Yeah, basically they were planning to use the Catherine engine, but now they feel it’s not good enough, expect good things to come. :)

  • DanteJones

    Take all the time you need, Atlus! I’d rather have the game be as good as it can be when it comes out rather than being rushed out the door.

    • AAa

      Let’s hope it doesnt become FF versus XIII. I really hope they are…

      • Herok♞

        Well Versus had a Trailer and platform announced this one doesn’t so at the very least no one can complain since its not officially announced.

      • Isaac Newton

        It won’t I bet my right kidney to it!

      • Michaelius

        Well at least we had some screenshots from Versus ;)

        • xXDGFXx

          We had gameplay footage, albeit not real-time.

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      Hah, was gonna post the same thanng

  • Adol Christin

    Only questions is, will it be Sony exclusive and next-gen or current-gen.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Hm. If not exclusive, I could see it being PS3 and Wii U what with Persona’s sister series, so to speak, occupying Ninty’s portables and the upcoming Wii U crossover. Considering Catherine saw a 360 release though, it’s probably more likely that the game is PS360.

      As for next or current? Current. Catherine was meant to be the Persona team testing the waters of current-gen development, I believe. So current-gen is most likely.

      • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

        Persona is not SMT sister,SMT its the father so more respect. Devil Summoner are Persona brother.

        • Solomon_Kano

          That’s not the sense I’m using it in. Yes, SMT came first, but I mean they’re parallel in their importance to Atlus as their two biggest lines of RPG.

          • Which makes sense. Actually, both of you make sense, so please don’t fight XD

          • Solomon_Kano

            It’s all good lol. I’m friendly. :P

          • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

            Oh i see, well you are right then.

          • LightZero

            The way I look at is is that the main titles are the father. While Persona is the more popular child of the main series while its siblings Devil Summoner, DDS, Majin Tensei, and Devil Survivor are less popular unfortunately.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Good, good. I’m still chipping away at P3P amid the rest of my backlog, so I can wait, but it’s nice to hear even a small update.

  • syrup16g

    Funny they are working hard on the game while they are recruiting development staff such as a director to work on it…

    • Detrimont

      Katsura Hashino is returning as director, also, that site just shows the main staff that are working in this production team, nothing to do with recruiting new people.

      • syrup

        Click on any of the roles like Programmer, it brings up a job description.

  • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

    So this means a 2013 release for Persona 5 is imminent? Why else would the director himself tease about P5 twice near the end of 2012 (“asking that fans stay tuned” and now even going on a live show himself?

    Here’s hoping for a 2013 release!

    • Solomon_Kano

      Good point. Hm… Atlus has a much larger global footprint now than at the time of P4’s release so, pending it pops up in an issue of Fami or Dengeki prior, maybe it’ll be unveiled at E3?

      • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

        I’ve been talking about P5’s release in 2013 and possibly a Western release in the same year for quite a bit.

        The director himself teased about the next Persona TWICE during the end of last year. Asking fans to be stay tuned means that a there will be a reveal sometime “in the near future”. So its most probable to assume a reveal then a release in 2013.

        If you look at Siliconera’s article on Index’s plans for FY 2013, it states Index will release 4-5 titles from Sep 2012 – Oct 2013 IIRC.

        Now we know:

        1. Dragon’s Crown
        2. SMT IV
        3. DeSu 2 Break Record
        4. ?
        5. ?

        Isn’t it very likely that one of those 2 mystery titles will be the next numbered Persona?

        • Solomon_Kano

          Sounds likely. I think it’s also worth considering that we had three Persona titles last year and Atlus is now out of Persona games to remake for 2013. Pending they surprise us and announce another fighter instead, I think it’s safe to look forward to P5 being one of those two unannounced titles.

          • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

            A sequel to P4A might work? But my personal opinion is that the next numbered Persona game feature a brand new set of cast… P4’s cast, although pretty excellent and cool, is like 2008 old… even if they did feature P4’s cast, how is Atlus going to reflect the “routes” that we players took in terms of social linking in the game?

            What about a sequel to P4A and P5? :)
            Wouldn’t THAT be awesome!

            But I’m not sure if we’ll see sth during E3 because Atlus USA will only reveal sth about Persona after Atlus Japan reveals it themselves. However, after May 23rd when SMT IV releases, Atlus Japan can release some Persona info in lieu of E3. That may work.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Y’know, I don’t think us seeing both of those is out of the question. I could easily see both announced, with one releasing this year and one next. I have yet to play P4A mind you, but I’m told that it has a sequel hook. Sure, Atlus could make P5 the sequel, but why do that when that could continue Arena as its own series and do P5? P3 is seeing a movie this year, I’m sure that’s not just for the sake of having one. Index has been very smart in how they’ve gone about promoting the franchise, so I could see P4A2 releasing this year while the P3 movie is running since there are P3 characters in P4A.

            You’re right about Atlus USA needing to wait for the JP side to release info first, but I don’t think it’s too unlikely. Atlus USA’s current president stated one of his goals is less time between the game’s initial release and its localization. If they can cut that down to a simultaneous release or even a Catherine sized gap, I could see it announced at E3. The scenario you’ve stated is more likely, but maybe they’ll surprise us.

          • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

            I really like how you’ve stated things.

            In fact, the point you made about Atlus USA’s new CEO’s comment is precisely the beacon that has helped glue my hopes together that SMT IV and the next Persona game will receive priority attention and localization. Just can you imagine the glory of those 2 games released in both JP and NA simultaneously like P4A?

            Thing is, 2008’s P4 had a 6 month delay in terms of localization. Without a doubt P5 will have more text, more dialogue, more events, more cutscenes, more everything. Let’s see what the “new” Atlus USA can accomplish!

          • Solomon_Kano

            Yea, even P4G took 5 months, so we’ll see how achievable that proves. SMT IV is releasing in May without it even being announced for the US yet, so a simultaneous release is out of the question. Soul Hackers will see release 8 months from when it came out in Japan. Dragon’s Crown huts Japan in July and NA in “summer”, which is a 1 month gap at the most. So I guess “new” Atlus’ time varies.

            That said, Persona is a much bigger deal for Atlus USA, so they’ll likely provide it with their utmost attention. They managed Catherine in 5 months.

          • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

            There is an article on Kotaku that I wish you to have a look at. Link is at the bottom. Basically, the reason that P4G, I think, took 5 months to localize is because of the console transition phase (article talks about this) that Atlus USA was in. Atlus USA gave us a lot of PSP games in 2012… and if those games have to be localized, obviously P4G will get “delayed” in terms of priority.

            Soul Hackers took pretty long was due to Etrian Odyssey IV and P4G itself – and of course its not as big of a title as Persona or SMT IV. What’s interesting to note is that Atlus USA has not revealed to us what the second half of 2013 will entail. And because of this, I can’t help but speculate (pure speculation) that Atlus USA must have KNOWN about SMT IV and P5’s release in 2013 and decided to localize a bunch of “easier to localize titles” in the first half of 2013 in order to focus on the bigger titles in the latter half of 2013.

            Even if we are to speculate as to what Atlus USA can bring over in terms of localization, what are the chances of them spending resources localizing a PSP game as opposed to SMT IV or P5? Even if they choose not to localize a PSP game, what games on the 3DS or the PSVita would Atlus localize? Games like Senran Kagura, Conception II and Demon Gaze, etc just doesn’t seem like the games Atlus will localize.

            Given that SMT IV is a current gen portable device, and that P5 will be released on a current gen console (yes 360 and PS3 are still current) then its possible that those 2 may have priority…

            Although what I’ve just said is pure speculation… I wish to believe that there is some logic to my thoughts… ^_^


          • Solomon_Kano

            Sound logic there. I’d imagine that Atlus USA knowing about SMT IV and P5 — and of course they knew/know — would deter them from picking something else up that would take away from those. I mean, with EOIV out and Soul Hackers near release, surely they’d have announced a new 3DS/PSP/Vita game if it was something small. But they haven’t. Nothing announced for consoles either.

            So you’re right about their schedule too. The latest game they’ve got is Dragon’s Crown and they’ve already given a release window of Summer, retailers saying early August. Plus, DC likely isn’t as sizable a game as most else they publish. With some of the PSP titles they’ve published, I can see then going for Conception or Demon Gaze, but most likely they won’t in order to focus on SMT/Persona. I expect Xseed to spring for Demon Gaze if anybody does it; Aksys for Conception.

          • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

            Yea, Aksys’s worked with Spike’s Zero Escape… given how Conception II will be on the 3DS & Vita (same situation as Zero Escape), Conception II’s chances at localization just rose by 20%! (fail attempt death note)

            There’s still a good chance that we’re wrong about this, that Atlus USA simply doesn’t want to tell us what’s happening until E3 – but the thing that strikes me is that I don’t think that there are any PSP titles out there that Atlus will localize in 2013.

            Yea, DC has been floating around far too long and I’m just glad they got DC outta the way – finally.

            All we gotta do now is wait for E3, while looking out for any news on P5.

          • Solomon_Kano

            Yea, that’s what makes it interesting. Maybe we’re wrong and they’re just keeping quiet until E3… but then I have to ask what they’d have that’s worth saving til E3 this year? Usually they — and the other niche publishers — deliver us news as it comes. They don’t sit around for PAX, E3, Gamescom. In this case it’s still early days, so maybe they’ve got an announcement cooking for next week, who knows? I want to believe so bad that there’s something more though lol.

            Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

          • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

            Yea… me too. I just really want to play SMT IV and P5 this year. Really really really want to… ;p

          • Solomon_Kano

            Well, I’ve still gotta beat P3P and get P4G, but I’m definitely ready for SMT IV. It’s looking fantastic.

          • benhofb

            Well, the could make a port of P4A for the vita due to it being the only Persona we cannot play on the go…?

          • Solomon_Kano

            I believe they were asked about that in the past and said no.

        • Wasn’t there a 3DS Persona announced long ago?

    • Isaac Newton

      Your the new Nostradamus doooood!

  • Unlimax

    Just let it stay exclusive please .. Add Contents as much as you want for the Blu-ray Disc .

  • heartless141

    I hope it stays a sony exclusive.

    you know what would be nice? fully voiced dialogues, even the side’s social links.
    i know the costs would be high, but hell, i’d pay it

    • Wait why do you care if it’s Sony exclusive? Do you want as many people as possible to be able to play the game or not?

      • chroma816

        As the amount of people plays goes up, so does the amount of shitty fans. So no.

        • Zeik56

          The series has plenty of shitty fans already, don’t you worry.

          You might as well accept that and let the game be successful.

        • “Nobody should be able to enjoy this cool thing but me and my cool friends! If it were popular, it wouldn’t be cool anymore! Success for the creators and the enjoyment of other potential fans are irrelevant, because all that matters is me! Aren’t I cool?” – The Internet

      • heartless141

        well i’ll say that i like playstation more than Xbox/Wii U, so i’d like the playstation fanbase to grow even more.
        you know the playstation has been unique for its RPGs like Persona and Tales of(except V), Neptunia, etc etc. and i’d like that image to be continue.

        if everything keep losing exclusivity, there wouldn’t be any joy in owning a single console anymore. it sounds selfish, but it’s true.

        and as i’ve stated above, if anyone’s a persona/JRPG fan, they would;ve gotten a Sony console already, especially with all these RPGs being awesome (Neptunia, Tales, etc etc etc) that hurt the fanbase is nothing but a myth

        • Did you perhaps consider the possibility that not everybody wants the game because they want to take pride in ownership and feeling special, but to enjoy what it has to offer? And that JRPG fans exist not just on PlayStation consoles? What selfish and shallow reasoning.

          • heartless141

            Yes, i did consider that, that’s why i did said it sounds selfish, and it’s probably is. But shallow it is not.

            Ever have a backlogs? I’m not gonna say i don’t have time to play games, but there are WAYY too many games being released and well, you can never finish all the games you want. So ownership and the feeling that you can play that game anytime while it sitting on the shelve is important too. thank you very much.

            And yes, i will say most good AND popular JRPGs are on a PS console, coming in second would be PC and its massive library of VNs. So most of the fan should get/have a PS console nevertheless what future games might come, because if they haven’t , they already missed out on tons of good JRPGs in the past.

            beside, did you perhaps consider that exclusivity create competition? and may be that’s why you have the Last Story, Pandora Tower on wii? because some developer feel like they should make games not -on-, but -for- other consoles as well?
            yes, they could easily port the control onto PS3 and Xbox, but the challenge they met with the console’s limit, and how they turn a weakness into a strong point? (like the last story’s control scheme, absolutely brilliant, design it for the dual shock, it’d end up being pretty generic)

            perhap next time put in your reasoning too before calling other people stuffs.

          • “So ownership and the feeling that you can play that game anytime while it sitting on the shelve is important too. thank you very much.”

            That’s not the context of “ownership” (i.e: physically having a copy) I was talking about; that’s not even part of the conversation topic. I’m talking about the petty emphasis on owning a console exclusive just for the sake of feeling special. I’m pretty sure it’s possible to play and enjoy a game without that sort of behavior, especially considering it’s not a factor that affects the quality of a game.

            “beside, did you perhaps consider that exclusivity create competition? and may be that’s why you have the Last Story, Pandora Tower on wii? because some developer feel like they should make games not -on-, but -for- other consoles as well?”

            The motivation to compete is for console manufacturers, not developers (unless the developer in question works closely for the manufacturer’s interests, like first-party devs). Their general goal is to sell more games – and going multi-platform is one of the methods, if they so choose.

          • heartless141

            – well then you read my post wrong, i said “owning a single console” not the game itself. bought one console and hope the producers make you feel that you made the right choice for yourself isn’t petty or anything.

            – no, i do believe some producers feel like they want and don’t want to make games for specific platform(s). there are many big games that could’ve benefited from going multiplatform, but they didn’t. because they pretty much just didn’t feel comfortable working with the console/company. You could see people ask those kind of questions often, why not Monster Hunter on Vita/PS3? why no L4D on PS3 (unfortunately i don’t have an Xbox, so can’t really names examples)

          • “i do believe some producers feel like they want and don’t want to make games for specific platform(s). there are many big games that could’ve benefited from going multiplatform, but they didn’t. because they pretty much just didn’t feel comfortable working with the console/company”

            And there you have it: Developers will work on consoles that they can manage depending on whether their situations allow or not. There’s much to be untangled under what it means for each developer to be “comfortable” with a console (budget, ease of development, target audience, etc.) but I’m pretty sure appealing to the ego of the exclusivity crowd is not among their goals, let alone priorities – since that doesn’t yield them anything. Again, that’s the motivation for console makers, not developers. If a developer focuses on a single console, it’s most likely because that’s what’s practical for them.

            “bought one console and hope the producers make you feel that you made the right choice for yourself isn’t petty or anything.”

            If some people really need to feel that their choices have to be supported/evaluated by the product they buy and/or the companies they buy from……… Well, that says it all, doesn’t it?

    • I hope it doesn’t. Console exclusivity only limits and hurts the player base. More people getting to experience something awesome is a good thing!

      • heartless141

        see, for the current owners, console exclusivity allow them to feel good about having one console, (owning multiple console usually only mean to hoard more games that you won’t ever play). and feeling good about somthing you have meaning you’ll use it more.
        (ever feel like me? sometimes i have a crapload of games, can’t decide what to play, and end up playing nothing, just sit and surf the web?)

        that hurt the fanbase theory is but a myth. if anyone is a persona fan then they should’ve got a playstation console now and then already, especially with catherine already on the market. (i’m not saying just PS3, a PS2 or PSP would count too)

  • JordyZ

    I hope it turns out next gen. Still, I will wait for the next update. Whatever it may be.. <3 Love Atlus, can't wait for P5! Make it perfect! (: As i still enjoy P4: Golden.

  • chobitsza

    P5 is great but I still hope for P3F HD remake someday too.

    • dotzeno

      With dual audio. I’d also like a PS3 port of P4G (also with dual audio). Probably hoping for too much…

    • Leon_Tekashi

      The ultimate version of Persona 3. Make it happen one day Atlus!

    • ShadowDivz

      I doubt it, dude P3F is already on the PSN.

  • I wonder whether P5 will be a new story or a follow up to P4A….. Anyways, take your time, ATLUS! We have SMT DS SH and SMT IV to play while waiting for it :D

    • Detrimont

      it should be a new story, but with references, like all the other persona games, the follow up could still be connected to the game somehow though

      • Haseyo

        I sure hope it’s a new story. I’m getting a little tired of Persona 4 seeing it every freakin’ where I go now.

    • LynxAmali

      I’m expecting it to continue off of P4A but with an entirely new cast.

      Especially considering what they brought up in Arena.

  • LonelyGamer

    Atlus, give us something better then real gold this time. The only thing better than Persona 4 Golden is gold

  • Devon Peluso

    Please… give male and female options! <3 So excited to see and learn what my new party members will be like

  • I really hope to see even more on P5 soon. There is no doubt in my mind that the game will be even more exciting and mind blowing as P3, and P4 were especially if it’s going to be on the upcoming gen consoles. I tip my hat to you ATLUS, and will patiently await for more =^_^=

    • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

      There is no doubt that the next Persona will be released this year in Japan.

      Or else all the teasing during the end of last year this March video teasing would be rendered fruitless.

      • Zeik56

        Eh, I’m not so sure. I expect to see a proper reveal this year, but I don’t expect an actual release until sometime next year.

  • Mitchell Montgomery

    atlus sucks, they hate the eu

    • Isaac Newton

      off topic but I just place it in here just to connect
      EA suck they hate offline play

  • Andrew McDowell

    I’m SOOOOOOO excited!!! Just completed Persona 4 golden on my Vita, am currently playing Persona 3 portable, I’m stoked! As with Last Guardian, I hope Atlus takes as much time as they need because when they do, they always deliver.

  • ragingmerifes

    I hope they do a transition like that of 2 to 3, and make a totally different game system. I mean, keep the visual novel aspects, but add something else WITH the dungeon crawling.

  • Herok♞

    My hope is that the new game is closer to 1&2 then 3&4 while social links were cool, I prefer the contact system with demons instead because of the funny things they would say and do, I also liked how you would just continue the story when you were done a dungeon in the first 2 games instead of just being stuck the rest of the month doing social links and the last thing I want is to have a post game of some kind, I think all the personas just end once you finish meaning if you want to continue you have to start a new game. But that’s just my 2 cents, I like all the games so I can live with however they do it.

  • Nitraion

    Give back Water and earth element also maybe some change on battle system or using persona in battle not just a tool for using skills

  • saxophone15

    I’m cautiously optimistic about this game. While I enjoyed Persona 4 Golden overall, I disliked the dungeon crawling. I would be extremely happy if they had unique areas that aren’t randomized and doesn’t just consist of going through multiple floors.

    • Ninten

      Yeah, even though I personally find P4’s battle system (only played the original) to be pretty much the best in the series, but those dungeons were really lazy and didn’t even put up a challenge.

  • Isaac Newton

    We understand as a Persona fan I expect it have a very long development.
    Take your time :D

    EDIT: AND bring back Kazuma Kaneko-san as the demon/persona designer that’s frigg’n REQUIRED! I don’t like the new demon design for SMT4(because he is not the designer)

  • Pockystix

    hmm, hope it actually has a femc (taunting me with that image lol)

    still, I wonder if Arena is actually canon

  • Masa

    Persona to me is now the king of rpgs, amazing gameplay, awesome characters and great stories.

    Final Fantasy used to be the best, over the last few years though their games have lost the magic they once held.

    • LightZero

      P2 and Xenogears are the kings IMO. I never held FF on a pedestal. It’s a good series (with a crappy fanbase) but they were never extraordinarily even for Square titles. I would easily take Xenogears and both Chrono titles over the entire franchise.

      P1, P3, and P4 are good but inferior to P2. I also prefer many of the megaten over those games as well.

      • ShadowDivz

        I have P2 on psp and i gotta say, it didn’t hook me like P3 & P4 did.

      • Isaac Newton

        Sorry to say but P3 and P4 put the spark to my life than P2.

        And also P2 has the worst ending of all theP series(I disregard P3 MC cuz he die because of our sins)

        Spoiler SH*T comin thru.

        1. Maya died then you all have amnesia.

        2. In ES was parallel so IS events turn to cr*p

        3. Butterfly Effect 1 ending on ES….

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Take your time!!! Ihave a feeling this one is going to be amazing. I mean P4 was just icing on the cake.

  • Yamfun

    Even if they chunk out Personas yearly like some sports game, I will still throw all my money to them. They should have like, 3 teams developing parallely to achieve that

  • tubers

    Don’t forget to port it to the VITA a few years later.. hopefully just a year or two :P Unless it’s multiplat xD

  • Vash bane

    sweet a p5…but I havnt beat 3…or rather just quite it lol

  • Brimfyre

    Take your time but PLEASE don’t bump it to the next gen consoles.

    • I think we’ll be safe on that front. I mean, Persona 4 came out on PS2 well into the PS3’s lifespan. Atlus is only just warming up to the current gen. I think they’ll stick to pushing this gen’s specs with this game on a well established system.

      • Brimfyre

        That’s what I want to believe too, but someone bit my head off on Kotaku for saying it would be nice if 5 and 6 were on Ps3 with a year apart the way 3 and 4 were.

        • Who gives a shit what people on Kotaku think, they have the worst commenters on the internet.

          • raymk

            Yes they do, one should never mention that site if at all possible. I almost dare say that the community there is even worst than that of gamefaqs.

          • ShadowDivz

            Come on gamefaqs isn’t all bad……Right?

  • joemari5

    I’m calling it now the next persona game will be subsequently released for the PSVita too and be stylized as PERSONA V (wordplay for number 5 and V as in Vita) rather than PERSONA 5. Nah, I’m just daydreaming. Haha. :P

    • Ni

      For me they are gonna release P5 for 360 and PS3 first and a port with additional content later for the Vita.

      • A port that could,quite possibly, use that styling.

      • Solomon_Kano

        It would definitely fit the trend. I’d love to own the whole series on one system. Close to being able to do that with FF, is SE would get 1/2 on PSN already. Then I’d just have to wait for XII HD.

  • DesmaX

    Hm… It’s taking so long, my hype is kinda dead right now…

    But I know it will come back after they show the game

    • Testsubject909

      I’d think the hype would be minimal since we haven’t gotten much info on it.

      Really the Hype train will only come around once we get substantial information. Until then, stay on neutral and save up your gas.

  • I hope this means its a multiplatform game.

  • Ni

    For god sake return with the more dark atmosphere of the first two games

    • GaiunxWolfenX

      couldn’t agree more, i love the addition of the soul links as much as anyone, particularly because it really lets you to get to know the characters of the game beyond the “we’re a killing machine on a mission” and i love P4 story a lot, but the complexity and overall tone of Persona 2 tsumi and batsu are just my favorite of the spinoff-series

    • raymk

      Can we wait for more info before turning this into a begging scene? And honestly p3 was actually just as dark as p1 was its just that people don’t want to see it as that. That said I don’t see anything wrong with the route persona went especially since every other game they make is dark.

      • Ni

        I’m only expressing my opinion. I like the franchise and all but they are turning this too light hearted IMO. I think would be awesome to see a Persona game in the college with a more mature story. And as much P4 had assassination and demons in it’s story the game wasn’t that dark as the fans want to make it be (don’t get me wrong, I really like P4 but after playing the others persona games P4 was the one that have my least favourite story beucause of how Happy the story was). And P3 while having a more “happy” story still more mature than P4 story IMHO. Overall IS and EP are the best persona games for me (P1 and P3 divide the same spot)

        • raymk

          No arguments from me here, I agree with ya.

    • Isn’t the darker tone what the main SMT series is for, though?

      • Testsubject909

        No… No the SMT series is for larger spanning philosophical musings whereas the Persona series is for a more humanity focused story.

        It’s something you can match to their names. Shin Megami Tensei, translated to “New Goddess Reincarnation” by it’s name alone is very mythologically inclined with an obvious spiritual connection, these subjects are in the mentality of the greater mass, more philosophically inclined. Whereas Persona is far more psychologically inclined with an obvious tighter connection to a person, to us humans.

        So tone is not really something that’s uniquely owned by one or the other.

        Edit: Plus… One of Persona 3’s theme? Death and it’s inevitability. That’s pretty damn freaking dark there…

  • dahuuuundge

    It’ll come out for the PS3 when PS4 launches

    • Brandonmkii

      that’s like, later this year. I don’t expect P5 for a couple more years.

  • Glad to know that they’re working on it. I’m sure that when it’s ready to be shown off, we’ll see some stuff. I’m a very patient person, so when it’s ready I’ll be there. I just want to see the best that they can put out. If that means they go right to the very end of the console cycle (like P3 and P4 did) then I’m all for it!

  • SetzerGabbiani

    The fact that a mere mention can generate this kind of response on SE shows how far this sub-franchise has come.

    • Testsubject909

      I’m fairly certain it became it’s own complete franchise once Persona 2 hit the market.

      Edit: With Persona 3 reviving it.

  • kupomogli

    Probably on PS360. Persona 3 and 4 were released on the PS2 after the next gen consoles released. So on the PS360 it’ll be at the peak of the two consoles lives. They’ll lose sales from the few people who go to next gen and only want next gen, but overall will get more sales.

    • Sergio Briceño

      Don’t count out WiiU, it’s desperate for sales…

  • I love the Persona series, but if they keep the track record the same, it makes me wonder if I should wait for the eventual director’s cut version (FES) or the portable enhanced version (Persona PSP, Persona 2 PSP, P3P; P4G).

  • I hate that the guys making persona 5 basically like to go “Hey, you remember Persona 5? Yeah, we’re still not gonna tell you anything about it” every now and then.

    • Testsubject909

      It’s not as bad as when they were teasing Growlanserona 4 Gungnir wayfarer of golden time.

    • ShadowDivz

      They could go the sony route. “Here’s a trailer an image” and then just keep quiet about it for the next few years.

  • Still quietly hoping for P5 to take place at an American high school

    • raymk

      After thinking about that, naw I wouldn’t like that at all. Not to mention that I don’t want it to be in school at all this time around but if it must be in school I’m hoping for college. There isn’t anything special about american schools and it seems every other country has a more interesting school system to build a game off of that America.

      • Of course there “isn’t anything special” about American high schools IF YOU’RE AN AMERICAN, dummkopf.

        Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going back to hoping for Fast Times at Ridgemont High with dick-demons.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          You saved yourself with that last comment. But the point that the Japanese writers do not have the background is valid. Spicoli and the other denizens of that movie worked because it was Americans writing about American school stereotypes. An outsider to our experience can still find enjoyment watching them.

          Which is exactly why P3 and P4 work as an experience when played. While we might not know the Japanese school experience, we can recognize and enjoy effectively used Japanese school stereotypes.

          • Testsubject909

            Add to that, we immediately understand that they are set in a place outside of our own country and thus our social norms. The systems they implement can therefore be as alien but understandable as can be, things like Guilty before Innocent or different school systems or general attitude for it’s populace can be far more acceptable as most would not know of how things work in another culture or society outside their own.

            Whereas if they made it so that it was in North America… Anything that would be off would snap you out of the experience with more ease.

          • The Persona games are already highly caricatured/stylized anyway, so meticulous realism (or lack thereof) isn’t really a big deal. More generally, the different social norms of a Western culture, and the new possibilities they might open up in terms of game mechanics in a Persona game, seem pretty exciting to me. Persona Team could collaborate with Atlus USA on the script and setting, to provide some element of cultural authenticity. And for the series’ Japanese fans, it would be just as exotic and intriguing as the existing games are for us!

          • amagidyne

            I might just be restating what you’ve saying here, but there’s also the fact that even though we have never experienced Japanese school life, we can empathize with the characters. Scenes of intense group loyalty, examination hell and social withdrawal can all resonate with us perfectly as long as we can feel what the characters are feeling. It might not reflect our own reality, but it can be every bit as affecting as something that does- provided the writer understands what they’re talking about and how to express it.

            This is hard to do, especially in a game, and it’s one of the reasons I love Atlus so much. Their characters feel more like people and less like plot devices or anime stereotypes.

            So I want to stress that if they did decide to set a Persona game in America, I would trust them to do research. To get deep into the psychology of an American student and the details of American society while dismissing any facile Nihonjinron-style conclusions. But doing that right would take forever and wouldn’t necessarily be worth it: Their stories already work for us.

            They’d probably have an easier time writing deep, emotionally resonant stories about elves than they would writing about American high schools.

        • raymk

          LOL, touche but still other countries do find our school systems the most boring.

      • M’iau M’iaut

        I remain hopeful that the long gestation of P5 means they are working on a different experience. Every time the topic has come up here, many have wished for a set of older characters. Yet, we will never be the target audience, so if the devs feel that another dark high school experience is what that audience desires, all we can do is play.

        • raymk

          I see, well I guess we will just have to remain hopeful my friend. If it doesn’t change…well as long as the game is still fun I’ll be alright and I trust the game to still be good no matter what they do.

    • amagidyne

      Why? Atlus’ writers won’t have had any experience with American high schools, and they probably don’t have anything to say about them either.

      • Because seeing the Japanese writers’ interpretation of an Anerican school would be fantastic?

        • Testsubject909

          fantastically hilarious?

          I don’t want to see a parody with Persona. I want to see something serious with space for comedy. Not comedy first and foremost with space for serious moments…

        • amagidyne

          But they have no input to interpret. One of the greatest strengths of the Persona series is that it deals with realities. If the writers hadn’t fully understood what their characters were going through (or how to express it), the social links would be unbearable.

  • Cyrus

    They better not region-lock this too.

    • Testsubject909

      Persona 4 Arena was an oddity and was done for a multitude of reasons. Dual audio and dual sub being one of the reasons why and economical reasons in Japan being another as well as the release dates playing another role.

      Region locked games on any Playstation Console is sure to be the exception to the rule and not something one should panic over in paranoia.

  • LightZero

    I expect P5 to be announce sometime later this year.I doubt we will see it until 2014. SMT4 won’t come out in the west no earlier than November or December. At the latest it will be early 2014. Soul Hackers will be out next month for the US. Devil Survivor 2 Break Record will come out sometime this year in Japan. I just don’t see P5 being feasible for both Japan and US release this year.

    They won’t announce P5 at E3. Not only would that steal SMT4’s thunder but Atlus first priority is Japan. So it would be announce in a Japanese event first if anything.

    • brian

      Remember the tease for SMT x FE?
      That was confirmed for release in NA immediately because it was an NA event.

  • Suriel Cruz

    Please keep the DARKNESS & MYSTERIES of every Persona game.
    This time they should cut their veins to Summon. xD

    • Testsubject909

      That’d make no sense though…

      Persona 3, albeit rather superfluous shocking generally needless etc etc, was thematically appropriate for them and the story that unfolded. Cutting your veins would just be… over the top silly. Persona 3 was the only one who relied on an external object to summon your Persona and I suspect will be the only one who deviates from how every other Persona game works in summoning one’s Persona (with Persona 4 having a more visual interpretation of summoning your Persona comparatively to Persona 1 and 2:IS/EP)

      • Suriel Cruz

        xD = laughing = to have fun saying it or writing it.

        Can you think more OUTSIDE the box or the ORDINARY for a sec. and imagine them summoning their Persona, by a blood sacrifice or just an ilusion as they do in Persona 3, with some kind of hand-cuffs, bracelets, ect. Who says silly, when you’re NOT THE ONE writing or telling the story of this NEW Persona installment, which whom we don’t even know their name YET. So for you to say “Cutting your veins would just be… over the top silly.”… that’s silly.

        An story that involves the Heart and the Summoning of a Persona as a killing way will be a great way to make the veins a way to summon one’s Persona. Life itself is a manner of sacrifice to receive, so in order for you to saw your Persona physically you must sacrifice something and that’s blood, which may end up stoping your heart, therefore the Persona’s power depends on two things Personality and Blood Type… anyways, that’s my own way to see a new Persona.

        • heartless141

          actually that doesn’t sound bad, spill some blood to summon. cut veins, punch ground till bleed, bite tongue….. ok it’s getting more and more extreme, i’m outta SFW ideas.

  • artemisthemp

    Hope Persona 5 is for Vita or PS4 (Both would be ok) and most importantly (speak for all) No freaking Region lock

  • Testsubject909

    That’s really all I needed to know for the moment. When they’re confident of what they have and have something ready to show us, then they’ll do so and we’ll be creaming our pants in excitement and joy.

    Hell… I waited so long between Persona 2 and Persona 3 which at the time I thought would never come to exist as the idea of a continuation in the series never even crossed my mind due to the many years without any Persona related items. This is nothing.

    • brian

      Except that we’re expecting it and you didn’t.

  • Demeanor

    All of my money by default. I really really hope they’ll manage to shell out something on par with P3 and P4, if they only gave us SOMEthing to chew on… a silhouette? A landscape? A color scheme? Anything!

    • Testsubject909

      I only expect a lot of teasing.

  • kaizin

    woot cant wait to see how it turns out it since it seems they are putting a lot of work in it.

  • They can take all the time they need, I’ll rather have a game that’s good developed, enjoyable soundtrack and storyline, as well of great characters than a game that sucks in all aspects.

  • It’s only been a whole console generation. No rush.

    Okay okay, seriously. The only thing that really has me worried is the fact that games with such extensively long development cycles tend to disappoint upon release. Also, the over-saturation of the Persona in the media hasn’t exactly boded well, and I would REALLY hate to see Atlus pull a “Square Enix” with this franchise (if that makes any sense)

  • Leon_Tekashi

    As long as they don’t pull a Versus 13 on us, I can wait for this. =)

  • Kai M

    Take your time but don’t take forever. Would hate if P5 was a 2015-16 released.

  • the question is… will it be on ps3 or ps4?

    • Or something else entirely. No need to limit it to those consoles.

  • Ace

    Great news. I hope it stays on current gen though.

  • Elvick

    Curious what it’ll be like.

  • Anonymous

    Well it be like P4A? We still don’t have that in goddamn Europe

    • Late, but no likely not. Persona is RPG primarily.

  • Radiosity

    As long as they don’t region lock it then all will be well, I won’t be at all pleased if I can’t import because they’ve done the same idiocy as P4A again. Being single player (hopefully) that shouldn’t be an issue, but since they’ve done it once they’ve set a precedent that they’ll find it hard to live down.

    Given that P4G is my favourite game bar none they’re going to have to pull something REALLY amazing out of the hat to even come close. I can’t imagine they’ll beat P4G to be honest but I’m confident they’ll get close, they’ve proved themselves more than capable of making amazing games time and time again after all.

    • DarklyDreaminDylan

      P4A was region locked for a reason; both the Japanese and U.S. versions were identical and were only staggered by a few days.

      They’d lose money from Japanese folks buying the game for cheaper by importing it.

  • Swaggermuffin

    right after the final fantasy VII remake
    rite guise

    • Detrimont

      P5 is actually in production and will release, a ffvii remake, probably wont happen for a long time, if at all

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