How Persona 3 And 4 Characters Meet In Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth

By Sato . December 3, 2013 . 3:25am

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Atlus recently gave us a first look at their upcoming dungeon crawler spinoff title, called Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, featuring various characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4, who will be working together to find a way out of some sort of parallel world they’ve ended up inside. Gamer.ne.jp shares the latest on the game.

 

During the last day of the school festival at Yasogami High School, there was a sudden sound of a mysterious bell. After hearing the sound, the Persona-users are then sent to a parallel universe, where they find themselves in a school that looks exactly like Yasogami High; however, it also has an eerie clock tower they’ve never seen before.

 

At the alternate world’s Yasogami High, they meet a young boy and girl who seem to have lost their memories.

 

  

In Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, you’ll get to choose between the two protagonists of Persona 3 and Persona 4. Depending on who you choose, the story will be different.

 

 

If you go with Persona 3’s protagonist, the story starts in the middle of a stormy autumn night. Due to their school festival being canceled, the members of SEES (Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad) gather at Tartarus, where they hear a strange sound of a bell. After entering the Velvet Room, a certain incident occurs.

 

Before they realize it, they find themselves in the midst of a school festival at Yasogami High School. It doesn’t take long until they encounter Shadows, similar to those they’ve previously fought in Tartarus. While fighting the Shadows and looking for a way out, they suddenly find themselves face to face with a group of high school students who call themselves the Investigation Team.

 

Next, is a look at the game’s story if you start the game with the Persona 4 protagonist:

 

   

It’s the last day of the Yasogami High School festival, and the protagonist, along with the rest of the Investigation Team, is enjoying the festivities. However, there’s a distinct sound of an unfamiliar bell they all seem to hear. Upon looking outside the window, they see a clock tower that was never there before.

 

Due to the unforeseen event, the group searches its way around the school to spot any traces of Shadow activity. While fighting the Shadows, the Investigation Team encounter another group of Persona-users, who seem to be from a different school. The group calls themselves the “Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad,” and they decide to team up to find the exit of what appears to be a labyrinth.

 

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Not much is known about the two new characters, apart from the fact that they’ve lost their memories. Here’s a little more info on the mystery duo:

 

Rei

 

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Rei is a first-year student at Yasogami High School, who seems to have had her memories stolen by a certain someone. She’s often seen eating things like corndogs and donuts, which she apparently pulls out of nowhere. She is known for being quite the strange girl.

 

Zen

 

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Zen is also a first-year student at Yasogami High School, and similar to Rei, he has had his memories stolen by a certain someone. He is always around Rei, and seems to be a little overprotective of her, and will do absolutely anything to protect her. Whenever something happens to Rei, he loses his cool and is prone to recklessness.

 

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will be available  June 4th, 2014 for Nintendo 3DS.


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  • TheExile285

    I’ll be starting with P4 protagonist. Also, more Chie events ^_^

    • Carlos Esparza

      • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

        Fseal of Approval.

        Now I want Fsteak.

        • colorblindnightmare

          O just finished rewatching that! Busting out right now!

  • konsama

    Shinjiro is in it lol. Well we can know at what point in P3 story this happens then.

    And god mitsuru is so cute no matter the style she is presented in.

    • natchu96

      So . . . no evolved personas for anyone? :(

      I mean, you all know when THAT happens in P3.

      • RegReach

        What persona will Makoto have

    • Strain42

      Well they said it was during the thunderstorm before the culture festival, so yeah. It’s around September…19th? 20th? Around that time.

  • AndreasStalin

    To hell with best girl Chie this time, its chibi Mitsuru all the way now!

    • TheExile285

      more Chie for me~

  • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

    Thankfully, seems Makoto and Yu’s dialogue won’t be something like this:

    Makoto: “….”
    Yu: “….”
    Makoto: “..?”
    Yu: “?..”
    Makoto: “….”
    Yu: “…”

    Also have to wonder if Strega, Adachi, Ryoji, Izanami and Nyx will also appear too…

    • Hashim Kutbi

      But why I loved em that way lol.

    • Highasthesky

      A conversation only gods on their level could understand.

      • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

        Indeed.

    • Rolling Guy

      So I’m guessing Makoto is Minato’s name in the anime/movie like with Souji being switched to Yu?

      • http://www.fogalchemist.com/ caleb1993

        It is.

  • Rokkun

    I’ll probably go with Yu. Seeing that Shinjiro is there, this probably means that I don’t need to know what happened in the Persona 4 Arena games to play this game right?

  • Shippoyasha

    Wow. Yuu Narukami still looks intimidating in his super chibi, super deformed look.

  • Nas

    I approve the cuteness for this game.

  • Thatguy

    Chibi Yu is angry with these setting.
    It seems, he like to dance.

  • James Enk

    it’s cool that you get 2 different stories, i hope the guys at Atlus will continue showing their love for the west with this and P5

  • Anthony L.

    Aegis is in it and that makes me happy

  • Carlos Esparza

    Chibi Maya :3

    • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

      I want to see a Chibi Fuhrer.

    • Göran Isacson

      Is this fan-art, or something that is actually in the game?

      • AT-LOW

        It’s fan-art made by PersonaSlave on Tumblr. He also made fan-art for Naoya, Tatsuya and Ulala.

        • GaiunxWolfenX

          oh god please why can’t they be in this game too, i wanna be able to choose Tatsuya and Maya XD

        • Ni ~UNREAL BLACK THINGS~

          If Naoya and Maki were in this game i would definitely pick this up

        • Göran Isacson

          That… is some pretty dang sweet fan-art.

          • Zero_Destiny

            There’s also some for the original Shin Megami Tensei games too. lol The fan art community had fun with the “Persona Q style” :)

          • DragKudo

            I don’t recognize the bottom three. who are they?

          • Zero_Destiny

            Disqus keeps changing the order of the images for me. So hold on, I guess I’ll just say them all. ^^;;

            The three boys (in order of, from left to right) Shin Megami Tensei 1: Protagonist, Law Hero, and Chaos Hero.

            The other three are (from left to right) Shin Megami Tensei 1: Heroine, Louis Cyphre, and Yuriko.

          • DragKudo

            ok i didn’t know the Heroes.

    • Nexus

      *sigh* Only in my dreams…

    • DeadLineDance

      WHY ISN’T THIS REAL. WHY.

    • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

      This needs to be real nao! >_< lol

  • http://resettears.wordpress.com/ Reset Tears

    “they meet a young boy and girl who seem to have lost their memories.”

    All together now: (Audible Groan)

    • DyLaN

      Ithink this mean you need to watch more japanese media :P

    • Guest

      It’s a sequel to a long-running series! Here’s your new character(s) no one gives a crap about! Aren’t you excited to learn more about Dual Crossbows Guy and Corndog Girl??!!
      …….considering that they’re also making P5, I can’t help but feel that they might be rejected party member ideas…

  • CureMarine

    3 everyday

  • ryougazell

    Since Theodore and Marie are in this, I hope we get a secret third route with P3FeMC

    • Saphira

      Please make it real… or DLC >w<

  • Espoir

    Story seems interesting!

  • Croix Zapp

    I bought a 3ds xl for this!

    is this canon?

    • Espoir

      Nope, it isn’t

      • LM009

        they confirmed this? I was just about to ask this since the premise seems inconsistent with the main storylines

        • 하세요

          I can’t see how it could be canon unless they count parallel universes as canon. Once that phrase is thrown in a story, it’s generally no longer canon unless the entire series itself is centered around visiting parallel universes.

          • MasterScrub

            Well, Persona 2 had parallel universe stuff.

            The school in Persona 2 also happened to have a clock tower with a bell! HMMMM.

          • DragKudo

            Rumor has it “The world will perish if the clock starts!”

          • Strain42

            It all depends on how it’s handled. This could still end up being canon. What made Trinity Soul non-canon was that it contained stuff that contradicted the games (and the Persona heads flat out said it wasn’t) same with the Naoto Novel, it contradicted the games.

            Granted for a story like this to be canon it’s gonna have to go with time paradoxes, alternate universes, AND memory wipes, it’s still possible that it could be.

          • http://www.fogalchemist.com/ caleb1993

            *Possible Spoiler Alert* Persona already has parallel universes. Every game post-Innocent Sin takes place in a different universe than the original and IS.

          • 하세요

            The games themselves I understand, but for two stores that already happened AND for this to appear will have to have a lot of, as Strain42 said, memory wipes and time paradoxes.

          • Strain42

            True, but lets also remember that the parallel timeline that EP takes in is a timeline where the events of P1 already happened.

          • DragKudo

            Well the whole megaten franchise is a bunch of other universes mush up together. Every choice leads to a different timeline

        • Espoir

          Confirmed quite some time ago.

    • ivanchu77

      Persona 3 protagonist and Shinjiro making a appareance says it all.

      • Strain42

        Not really. The article here says the P3 stuff takes place when the school festival was cancelled, which was around September 20th. And we already know time paradoxes are at work here.

    • DragKudo

      We gotta wait. To me when time is mentioned as a plot device it automatically makes it canon. But if i remember correctly P3MC got sick during this time so this could be a dream/vision.

      • Strain42

        I would laugh if this entire game turned out to simply be a fever dream. I mean it’d be a rageful laugh, but…still a laugh :P

        • DragKudo

          Yeah, i would actually love the game even more if it turned out to be a dream.

          Sucks it’s during the festival, that means Ryoji won’t be in this. :(

  • Raze

    I wonder…

    Will Yu steal Makoto’s harem?Or Makoto who will steal Yu’s harem here?
    Still no sight of Yukari chibi’s art eh….

  • Herok♞

    Chibi P3 protag for me

  • Nanaki

    Magically-appearing corndogs. Instant buy.

  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owl

    I’m hoping that…(be still my heart…be still) Q will have, at least, two save slots.

    Y’know, so that you can actually experience the story of the two protags without having to mess-up your progress in the game.

    • Virevolte

      Yeah, at least.
      Or I’ll take a trip to Japan just to headbut them.

  • Göran Isacson

    According to some comment I read somewhere, this is apparently supposed to be the game that ends the PE3-4 interconnecting storyline… no idea if that was a rumour or the truth, but man I have to admit, I’m kinda curious as to what strangeness will abound from this here game.

  • Kornelious

    I always love these cross-overs. Can’t wait!

  • 하세요

    The whole story will be revolved around that corn dog. Just wait.

  • http://resettears.wordpress.com/ Reset Tears

    Having trouble deciding who is more of a moeblob, Rei or Zen…
    What, you don’t think Zen is a QT Pie?! Look at that chibi face sulking behind an oversized spike collar. (puffs cheeks) I hope he has a dorky voice.
    Also, are their names puns?

    • DeadLineDance

      Here’s your Inevitable New Character(s) designed for the new game in the series that no one is going to end up caring about at all! LOVE THEM, DAMMIT. How can you not be invested in Corndog Girl?!?!
      …….considering that they’re also making P5, I can’t help but feel that they might be rejected party member ideas…

      • LightZero

        Speak for yourself

  • http://takopako.tumblr.com takopako

    where’s Junpei…? ;n;

    • Virevolte

      Playing baseball.

    • 하세요

      Yukari called him Stupei far too many times, so he ran off.

  • Nice Boat Quatro

    It would be hilarious if Narukami and Yuki talked with their narrators:
    >You decided the kid who is covering half of his face is really weird
    >You decided the silver haired kid has a really awkward narrator
    >What did you say about me? Did you decide you are cool or just dumb?
    >No, I decided I don’t have to put up with you. Let’s go out and fight.
    >I decided to accept the challenge. Come at me!

    *Fight starts*

    Yuki & Narukami: ……………

    http://s2.postimg.org/511iowghl/hiimdaisy.jpg

  • FlobotingIt

    This is all fine and good, but isn’t the Persona 3 protagonist… Well… You know… How is this going to be resolved?

    • Akemi Nakajima

      You clearly didn’t read the article.

      • FlobotingIt

        I did, but at 2 in the morning… My absorption rate at early in the morning after a hard night of studying isn’t the best… Thanks!!!

        • Akemi Nakajima

          No need to be so apologetic about it haha.
          Just tell ya.

    • Slayven19

      Always read the article first my friend.

      • FlobotingIt

        Okay, I read it, but it was at like… 2 in the morning, ha. So that would explain it… Thanks!

  • http://guillotineghosties.tumblr.com Ghosties

    I wish we could have Minako in this, too…I guess that would be asking for too much. Since we get Shinji, I hope we get Ken, too, considering that they’re my favorite characters from 3.

    • ryougazell

      We got Theodore and Marie in this… Minako needs to be as well, at least as a secret character or something… though I fear DLC

      • Tienron

        theodore is officially apart of the family while minako is a what if

        • ryougazell

          Hmmm… no. Theodore only exists from the ‘what if’ universe Minako comes from.

          • Warren

            No if you look at the story as a whole Elizabeth and Margaret acknowledge him as their brother so he is real. He was even in the 2012 music festival and both the sisters talked with him and called him brother. Minako is just Makotos’ dead sister from a “what if point of view”.

    • Mordina

      Same :< Minako needs more love from Atlus…

  • Slayven19

    This game looks great and I’m really pumped up to play it. I hope the 2 new characters will be playable because it seems like they aren’t. I’m also liking the chibi style which really works for this game. I really love chibi mitsuru btw and corn dog girl looks nice as well and I really like her school uniform.

    • Warren

      They are playable but you can only play them together as one slot not separate people.

  • junir

    Interesting… so essentially we’ll have to play the game twice to get the whole story?

  • ZekeFreek

    I really like these chibi designs.

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    Bring on the chibi awesomeness =^_^=

  • Shane Guidaboni

    Whenever there’s a crossover game, the reason the characters meet is due to some sort of alternate reality. And of course there are characters who lost their memories! Sarcastic pokes at cliches aside, I’m really looking forward to playing this game.

    • DragKudo

      i was about to deny this but then i remember dissidia. the the warrior of light had amnesia

  • JohnNiles

    So I heard this will borrow elements, possibly tech, from Etrian Odyssey. Does this mean we’re getting Jack Frost as a FOE? o.o

    • celery

      Even in Persona, F.O.E., hee ho!

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Dude I want this game so bad…I don’t want to wait a year!!! *bites 3DS*

  • Jean Alcantara

    In b4 Rei and Zen confirmed for last 2 Ultimax Suplex Hold characters.

  • ThatDamnCanadian

    Chibi Mitsuru, cute yet intimidating. I love it. I’m glad I got a 3DS for SMTIV and FE:A now.

    • JohnNiles

      Exechution!

    • karldeck

      And we Europeans got screwed like like fuck with 4,

  • https://www.facebook.com/OperationHotblood?ref=hl HeroOfGames16

    Hopefully, there will be social links, too :D — Come on, don’t deny it. You’d like to see it in some way here as well.

  • Steven Higgins

    So, SEES is transported 2 years into the future and in the end everyone forget’s what happened, making the game non-canon.

    • DragKudo

      IF their memories get erased then it will be canon. If their memories don’t get erased then it will be non canon

      • Steven Higgins

        Oh, right. Oops.
        You can never tell with Person spin-offs. Anything with the Persona 3/4 name that isn’t a remake is automatically labeled non-canon when we first hear about it.

        • Slayven19

          Except with P4arena which they stated outright would be canon to p4.

          • Steven Higgins

            But when we first heard about it, before it ever released in JP, they were calling it a non-canon spin off. That’s what I mean, the previewers, not Atlus.

  • Arue

    If I remember correctly, I thought P3MC caught a cold right after the stormy day. If so, how can SEES go inside Tartarus if the leader is in bed for 3 days?

    • miju

      It was all a dream. PQ happens entirely as a simulation in the Velvet Room.

      (Ugh if that’s actually true…)

      • http://s1.zetaboards.com/Espada_of_Alexandria/index/ konpon568

        COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP-OUT!!! Atlus will call this canon, because they wouldn’t dare do cop-outs. Same for the Rhythm game, that will also be canon.

  • Chip

    Junpei and yosuke in the same party? Ps plz.

  • mike dickson

    space and time plot and its a persona game on 3ds and its 100% non-canon insta buy for me man bring on the NA release date

  • ReidHershel

    And then Yu steals all of Minato’s bitches….
    But seriously, I hope this is canon in someway.

    • http://s1.zetaboards.com/Espada_of_Alexandria/index/ konpon568

      I’m sure it will. People tend to dismiss spin-offs because they are either in a different art-style (this game), or a different genre altogether (P4A and P4DAN).

  • Strain42

    All I wanna know…are Rei and Zen playable characters? And if so, who are their Persona?

    Also I’m curious if perhaps Soejima will ever do artwork for them.

    • Warren

      They are playable but they share one space in the game slot so you can’t play with one without the other.

      • Strain42

        So they’re sorta like an Ice Climbers deal where both represent one character? That’s fine with me, since I was gonna use both. This just gives me a free slot to fill with someone else.

        If they’re playable than I going to assume they (or at least one of them) is a Persona user. Like maybe Zen covers attacks with his crossbows and Rei handles Persona magic.

        • Warren

          Exactly but i’m not sure about the fighting but that may be it.

  • Misty Dawson

    ;_; I can’t wait to have Shinji in my party again! <3 I NEED this game!

  • Servant BerserCAR

    *Tears of joy*

  • http://mizzi-sama.tumblr.com/ Pinkyuu

    ….I’m kinda worried about Makoto’s english VA

  • Astromime

    Shinji! I miss that guy.

  • Anon-non

    So is this not canon? Because we assumed the P3 and P4 crew had never met until Arena.

    • Strain42

      Given that the game is already using time paradoxes and alternate universes, pretty much the only thing it needs to do in order for it to claim canon is make sure everyone’s memories are wiped when it’s over.

      • Busted

        that would be neat, it’s simple and a reason to keep bringing more games to the 3DS to make use of it’s userbase

  • Rishtopher

    Hmm, I thought Rei and Zen were cool til I read the bit about them having their memories stolen. Also really tired of the reckless, overprotective big brother types. That said, I’ll keep on eye on this; I hope those old tropes get turned on their head somehow.

    I really like the P4 cast, so I hope this ends up being good.

  • Busted

    Game looks rad, im so getting it

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