Persona Director Teases Future Developments

By Sato . October 25, 2013 . 1:30am

Sony’s Play Community website recently spoke with Persona director Katsura Hashino, who teased upcoming series developments. After looking back at Persona 4: Golden, Play Community asks Hashino what he thinks is the reason that led to the success of Persona 4: Golden.


“I believe that a big part had to do with the development team coming together as one,” says Hashino. “At first, I thought about having select members handle it for the most part, but in the end, even I was involved in a lot of the detailed parts. We even got a lot of the senior members who’ve worked a long while on the Persona series to join in on the development, which I believe resulted in some great content.”


“Without ever thinking about adding DLC later, I believe that the idea of having everything in one package made it into a truly treasured product. I believe that we made it into something that you’ll always want to keep near your PlayStation Vita.”


Now that we know that Persona 4: Golden was a hit, and the popularity of the series itself continues rising, Play Community asks Hashino what’s next in store for the series.


“First, we have the theatrical release of Persona 3 the Movie #1: Spring of Birth, which will see a nation-wide release starting November 23. Then, we have another Persona 3-themed show in Persona 3: The Weird Masquerade, which will be taking place in January of next year at the G-Rosso Tokyo Theater,” Hashino says. “The sequel of Persona 4 Arena called Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold will also be coming out soon… and we also have various plans for new developments of the series.”


Some of you may remember a teaser page that Atlus opened for a Persona studio game last month, that reads “2013 11.24 SUN 20:00” on the site. With less than a month to go in the marked time, Play Community asks if he can share a little something regarding the teaser.


“Are you curious? You’re curious, right?” says Hashino with a laugh. “I believe that we’ll soon be able to tell you all the announcements we’ve been keeping, so please look forward to that day… if you’d allow me to simply leave it as that for now. However, I believe that we will be delivering news that will most likely please all the fans.”

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  • Solomon_Kano

    It’s so close… but so far away!

  • Pockystix

    don’t play with my heart!

  • AlphaSixNine

    ALL fans? I hope for NA release to come close to JPN release like SMT4 for P5. Better yet, release it both on NA and JPN at the same time :3

  • incpdo

    A Remake or an HD version of Persona 3 with all the additional content of the psp version for Vita should work too

  • Niyari

    i still think it’s a P3 (with The Answer) for the Vita. seems silly to not take advantage of all the support they’re giving the series

    • Arizato

      Yeah, I suspect that too. Many people speculate that this is an updated remake/port of Persona 3 FES. Hell, I’ve seen many people call it Persona 3 Platinum, which is a great name for a remake like that. I would lie if I said that I don’t want that.

      Others speculate that this is Persona 5 (Which would be the best announcement IMO) and some think that the three boxes are supposed to be console exclusive characters for Persona 4 Arena 2.

      • JuhRo

        I’d eat up a full Persona 3 experience on the Vita.

      • benhofb

        Eh, I am still hoping the site is teasing three different projects, one for each box…

    • IDSD

      If they do that, then I hope they include the Female Protagonist too.

    • Manny Being Manny

      It says they’ll please “All” fans. But who owns a Vita?

      • Syn

        Persona 4 Golden Fans???? Theres like over 300,000 units sold not counting the rest of the world and digital copies, sooooooo yeah, it wouldnt be that surprising.

  • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

    Holy mother of video games.

    It is the director himself.

    I expect great things in 2014.

    “However, I believe that we will be delivering news that will most likely please all the fans.”

    Let us praise him.

    Let us welcome him into our hearts.

    Let us sing songs in his name!


    Yoshida retweeted this interview AGAIN.
    I think we can safely conclude that at least 1 or perhaps all of the announcements will be on the PlayStation. Perhaps some kind of Persona 3 Golden for the PSVita and maybe some kind of Persona game for the PS3 (and PSVita).

    • X_Bacon

      Holy moly, I’d pay so much money for a P3G!

    • ManagedCorn

      P5 on PS4.

  • Raze

    1 month

    1 month

    I can’t wait for it!!

    Someone build a fcking time machine already!!!

  • TrueDefault

    I hope it’s Persona 5 for current consoles and handhelds! It seems Red is the main theme for this game now.

    • InfectedAI

      I would absolutely love a Persona game on my 3DS.

      • artemisthemp

        Highly doubt that gonna happen as you Shin Megami Tenshi and Devil Survivor

        • TheAquacharger

          How does that make sense? 3DS got SMTIV Atlus’ engine baby. Add in that a Persona game was announced for the 3DS when the 3DS was first revealed at E3.

    • Detrimont

      blue/green, yellow, and now red(1/2 didn’t really have colour themes)

  • dahuuuundge

    How many years has the Persona team announce a teasing for future development…

  • Rokubato

    The new P4A for vita? and maybe P5?
    oh god please!

  • Kami nii

    one more month of waiting in agony and one day of pure happiness :)

  • TrevHead

    With it’s popularity I think more Persona / SMT from Altus is a given.

    Not to be a spoil sport but I’m more interested in their future plans for non SMT games personally.

    • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

      Like? I fear that ATLUS will not get out of the Megaten ecosystem anytime soon.

      Growlanser 7 please ATLUS!

  • Laith Rem

    Persona 5 right? It’s persona 5 right?

    A Persona 3 remake would be disappointing. Still would buy it tho.

    • Watch it be another P3 Mobile – just in remake form and even more dumbed down than the PSP release.

      • Akemi Nakajima

        I can’t wait to see your face on that day/

      • NimbusStev

        He said it will most likely please all the fans. Persona Team isn’t so out of touch with reality that it would ever make a statement like that over a mobile game. This isn’t Square Enix we’re talking about here.

      • InfectedAI

        I’d be super happy if it was P3 for the 3DS and instead of being dumbed down it combined the content from the original, FES, and Portable into one game in 3D.

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      Why would they need to remake it?

      • InfectedAI

        Having the content of the original, FES, and Portable in one game would be cool. I’d love to have that on the 3DS with the 3D effect. That would definitely be worth a buy for me. It could also be used to promote the new P3 movie. I think it would be a smart move.

        • Kumiko Akimoto

          It would be nice but i don’t agree that would be a smart move.

          • InfectedAI

            You don’t think a Persona 3 collection would sell ridiculously well on the 3DS? That combined with the low effort of porting over making a new game and it serving as a promotional tool for the P3 movies makes it seem like a smart decision to me.

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            It might but it’s more about people getting fed up with remakes and ports. It sounds nice but it’s a bit excessive at this point

    • benhofb

      You know, I actually wouldn’t mind a 3DS remake of Persona 3 (or even a Vita one for that matter). As long as they include 3D models for both the Female and Male MC’s and add in the Answer, I would gladly triple dip. Persona 5 would, of course, be the best thing right now though.

      • InfectedAI

        Yes! I’ve said it multiple times. Persona 3DS would be awesome. Have all the content of every version of the game in one. The original game, animated cutscenes, and full 3D exploration along with both protagonists and the FES additions all with the systems 3D effect. Maybe take advantage of a new social links feature using Streetpass too.

        • benhofb

          Something that I have also been thinking is that maybe said P3 3DS remake could be done in the SMTIV engine. I mean think about it: Atlus is pretty resourceful. When they develop an engine, they usually use it for more than one game (like with Nocturne and the DDS games), so I am thinking either a new Persona title (not necessarily 5) or a remake will make use of SMTIV’s engine on the 3DS. But you know, these are just thoughts. I would love having some sort of StreetPass functionality though. It would be pretty cool seeing who is social linking with who and everything…

          • InfectedAI

            Definitely crossed my mind too. Good call on Streetpass showing who everyone is social linking with. That would be cool. Maybe also have a hint about what they did to help you out.

        • Mike G. Moran

          Doesn’t it feel a little unambitious though to look forward to another Persona 3 port so shortly after the PSP one, especially considering the 3DS only has 1 original SMT game versus what would be 3 / 4 ports (if you could devil survivor 2 overclocked) if that gets made?

          • InfectedAI

            Not really. It’s not like they’re cancelling Persona 5. We’ll still get that eventually too. The idea of a complete P3 with the 3DS system’s 3D effect sounds kick ass.

      • Ric Vazquez


    • artemisthemp

      I could see a Persona 3 with all content to Vita, since Persona 3 movie is coming out this year.

      However Persona 5 would be awesome

  • awat

    let it be PERSONA 5 Please !

  • Helloooooooo there….

  • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

    Make Golden Playhouse as series or bust!

  • Azzrem

    oh god…i almost cried…..

  • Rogerrmark

    If he says it will pleasure all fans,I guess and really hope its Persona 5 indeed,not a port.

  • Kaitou21

    P5 P5 P5 P5 P5!!!!

  • IDSD

    I think it’ll be Persona 5 and two other announcements

    I hope…

  • $61526767

    As it draws near, I’m so very curious that my heart says that this will be Persona 5. If it is! Then you know the deal! I cannot wait to see this day!

  • LM009

    These things always get me excited then they drop the bomb and it’s not a sequel. Really hoping that’s not the case here, P5 is long long overdue.

  • Sentsuizan_93

    As someone who has their birthday on that date, I hope this could potentially be the best present ever. ^_^

  • Sanjima

    Persona 3 Movie airs on Nov 23rd, and the teaser reads Nov 24th. I doubt it will be P5 (I do hope it is though…), but maybe something to do with P3 again?

    • JuhRo


      • Hound

        Persona 3 wouldn’t be “Golden”, that’s a Persona 4 color.

        • JuhRo

          obv. Just something like it. What would you like me to call it..? P3B! :/

          (Blue or Black or Bold.. whichever..)

          • Detrimont

            P3B- presona 3 bloody edition

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Every saying Persona 5, I think its going to be a spin off of some sort, Ether way, I’m hyped

  • Romancer Ecclesia

    Remake or new game… It’ll be an rpg worth buying anyway. Unless they suddenly pull out a mobile game with microtransactions like A CERTAIN GAME COMPANY.

  • Alexander Aubert

    i love you , but please not social games…. well you never let me down

    • Akemi Nakajima

      bad joke

  • Skeptika Crediblus

    OOoooh an enhanced Vita version of FES, please, or a shiny new P5 for the PS3. Either way.

  • ChiffonCake

    P5! P5!

    I think we’ve already had enough P3 by now.

    • TheGioG

      Gotta love those farm fresh dairy products… but seriously Atlus, that’s enough milking Personas 3 & 4.

  • Herok♞

    Something that will please all the fans eh… all games are being upscaled and placed on the Vita then or something like because I am a fan and I would love to have something in the style of P2 and not P3 or P4, so if it were just more of P3/P4 I wouldn’t be pleased, since they have been over done in my opinion at this point so the only way to please us all would be to bring everything to the Vita or that means they don’t care about the people who like the older stuff and when they say all the fans then they just mean P3/P4 fans and that would just be a dick move.

    • LightZero

      I also would rather have something along P2 in style rather yet another game like P3/P4. I can only hope that Atlus doesn’t have the same close minded thinking that some new fans have in that they believe the entire series started with P3. And that everyone like or want to see the same formula of those games.


    A decent P1 remake AND a new game

  • Akemi Nakajima

    I believe is time we get a sequel of Persona 4 Arena, Persona 5 and a new game.

  • heartless141

    a full remake of FES is welcome :D i’ve been meaning to play it again.

    but then again, judging from the colors, Blue > Yellow > Red
    it’d make sense that it’s P5

  • colorblindnightmare

    Really hoping for P5 and some more characters for P4 Suplex.

  • Hound

    “Without ever thinking about adding DLC later, I believe that the idea
    of —having everything in one package— made it into a truly treasured
    product. I believe that we made it into something that you’ll always
    want to keep near your Playstation Vita.” <<< This. A million times this.

  • Aristides

    As long as it’s on Vita it’s all good B)

  • Sacchan

    I didn’t own a PS Vita (yet), and I’m happy already with his statement. At least it won’t be a social game on mobile.

  • TheExile285

    I want the new P4 Arena on Vita!

    P5 would be nice too but I don’t wanna get my hopes up about that.

    • Ric Vazquez

      I agree on both

  • NoLastName

    I want to believe this is a game announcement but the cities at the bottom make me doubt it.

  • Warren

    Yeah cant wait! I want to see whose going to be the new Mitsuru/Yukiko!

  • Ridho Siregar

    Persona 5 for the next-gen console. New Persona 4 Arena for the Vita.

  • DesmaX

    If it’s another P3 port, I give up on the series.

    I hope it’s P5

    • César H. Sandoval

      I’d settle for both P5 and P3Golden for the Vita.

      Maybe a Catherine sequel/spansion too…

    • LightZero

      Yeah it’s getting annoying that P3 (and P4 for that matter) been pimped out. I rather get P5 and be done with it.

  • Takane Shijou

    Looking at the lack of RPGs for the next gen consoles, I rather hope it is P5. As it stands, there’s not too much to be excited about with the new consoles since just about everything that seemed interesting is also coming out for the PC and such.

    Just hoping it’s not another remix/remaster/port or what have you.

    • leingod

      Something tells me that if it’s P5, it’ll be for current-gen consoles. P3 and P4 came relatively late on the previous gen consoles’ lifecycle.

  • Cursingcomet

    If P5 gets an announcement on Nov 24, I’ll be on cloud nine till it releases.

  • Dragard Kaos

    Persona 1, 2 Innocent Sin, and 2 Eternal Punishment full remakes? I can only dream.

  • God do I hate announcements of announcements.

    • Ferrick

      and what do you feel about teasers of teasers of a trailer ?

  • mike dickson

    persona 5 its time people lets wait and brace are self for alot of hype

  • I never was able to love 4 as much as 3 and was really disappointed that a female protagonist wasn’t included in The Golden. After at least five attempts, I’ve given up on playing 4 firsthand.
    Don’t let me doesn’t for 5, Atlus!

  • Rake

    Persona 3 Velvet for the Vita~
    I have a good feeling in my gut it’s that..

  • Leon_Tekashi

    I’ll take either Persona 3 Vita or Persona 5. Either one would be awesome, especially Persona 5.

    • tobi


  • Kaetsu

    Wasn’t a Persona game announced for the 3DS a while back?

    • Lynx


      Became SMTIV I’d say.

  • Crimson_Cloud

    A new Persona game for phone would probably do a fatality on me. Hopefully it isn’t so and we get a full-fledged quality sequel.

  • Lemski07

    p5 up

  • Eder García

    is going to be Persona 5 on PS3/4 with Vita cross-play

    • tobi


  • Ric Vazquez

    Persona 5…PLEASE LET IT BE THAT!

  • Isaac Newton

    OH YEAH!!!!

  • chroma816

    With P5 a registered website, Atlus hitting their 25th birthday, and the knowledge that they already said they’d been working on P5 (well, the next “installment” into the series) for at least a year, I’m 85% sure it’s P5.

    That said, I question anyone who’s serious about wanting yet another P3 remake. The game’s been out 3 times now, and while it is very good, we need to move on. Constantly re-releasing old games gets, you know, old, even if they can add stuff because of new tech.

    • Skeptika Crediblus

      Hmmm… I should really get to playing P3 and P4, then….

      • chroma816

        That you should.

  • sakusakusakura_nyo

    Persona 5 please!

  • personablaze

    I wonder who “All the fans” are? (Do they mean P3/P4 Fans?, because that is all the focus right now)

    No matter which route they take, you can’t please “All the fans”.

  • Vitor Duarte

    Please don’t make a Nintendo Exclusive. Just…. please.
    PS3/X360 and Vita/3DS would be AWESOME!

  • Xerain

    This is all so obvious… the P3 movie releases on 11/13. The “announcement” is supposed to happen a day later on 11/24.

    Obviously, whatever comes next is going to be announced after the credits in the P3 movie. Then they next day after everyone was “surprised” they’ll give out a few more details.

  • Warboss Aohd

    soon humiez……soon.

  • Oh… Oh God!!! *passes out*

    “Are you curious? You’re curious, right?”

    You know it Hashino-san! That’s why you’re laughing at us D:

  • ShadowDivz

    Nation wide? The movie will be viewable outside japan?

  • Rudi Adkins II

    How about a remake of Nocturne for the 3DS? Calling it as one of the announcements.

  • karldeck

    Why are Teddie in the teaser site?

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