Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth’s Music Will Be Different, Yet Familiar

By Sato . December 30, 2013 . 5:31pm

We recently got to hear a bit of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth’s music, and Persona series composer Shoji Meguro, along with Persona Q’s composer, Atsushi Kitajo, talked to Famitsu magazine about the upcoming game and the music behind it.


In an earlier interview, series director Katsura Hashino talked about Persona Q having Etrian Odyssey’s mechanics implemented in the game, but clarified that this will be a completely new title. Famitsu asks the composers to share their thoughts from a sound developer’s point of view.


“While it does have the essence of Etrian Odyssey in it, once you get to play it for yourself, you’ll immediately know that it’s a new title of the Persona series,” says Kitajo. “Even on the sound-side of things, essentially, it doesn’t stray away from the Persona series, and we were even able to bring out a unique Persona Q sound to it.”


“The scenario has some comical parts, but the planners had a few difficult requests like wanting us to give a taste of an occult-like BGM,” shares Meguro with a laugh.


“In the first place, Persona Q has a side that is meant for the Atlus brand’s 25th anniversary festival, and in addition to this, the desire to make it a ‘complete title’ in the Persona series, has become very strong,” continues Kitajo. “In that regard, the sound direction will be changing, so we’ve also had some consultation done within the development team.”


Famitsu asks about the staff’s reaction on the soundtrack that has been completed thus far.


“They especially loved the combat BGM, so I was really happy,” shares Kitajo. “When it comes to sound, Atlus’ development staff don’t give us too many detailed tasks, and basically let us handle it for the most part. Rather, I think us, on the sound staff side, are the ones who go through trail-and-error, voluntarily retake things, more than anything. [laughs]”


Kitajo mentions that Katsura Hashino previously compared the two composers by saying that Meguro’s songs are sharper, while he considers Kitajo’s songs to be a bit more on the gentle side.


“Is that so? Well, I suppose we’re also not just limited to that either,” replies Meguro with a laugh. “Even for Persona Q, I feel that there are many techniques that are being tried out, and I can’t wait for you all to give Kitajo’s Persona Q sound a listen. It sounds really great!”


Finally, composer Atsushi Kitajo shares a message for fans:


Kitajo: “Yes, I recently play-tested the game, and once again, I thought that there’s a new mood and way to play that we’ve yet to see in the series. I felt new possibilities for the entire Persona series. On the sound side of things, from combat to fields, events to various other BGMs, they’re all full of songs I personally like. We also put a lot of effort into the game’s ending theme, so I really hope you guys enjoy Persona Q until the very end!”


Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is slated for release in June 2014 in Japan, for Nintendo 3DS.

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  • neocatzon

    Complete title, unique Persona Q sound, plus original story from before. Everything I need to hear, this is no mere spin off title. Looking forward for this.

  • Pdugna

    Looking better and better but….when we gunna hear more for P4D and P5??
    also 3DS owners who wanted a Persona game better buy this..

    • Link

      I’d assume P5 will get more coverage later as it still seems to be early in development. Atm is seems they’re trying to push Persona Q as the “big new” Persona game before 5 hits hence all the attention on it. As for P4D, well tbh I dont think we’ll really hear much about it, just a few tidbits here and there before it releases.

  • Shane Guidaboni

    In some ways I like Kitajo’s compositions more than Meguro’s. He’s extremely capable. Looking forward to hearing the full OST.

  • hng qtr

    A shame they’re only using P3 and 4 characters. The game will deal with time travel anyway, it could be so much more.

    • Detrimont

      if only the p1/p2 protagonists were actually in it… sigh…

    • Servant BerserCAR

      Lol. Sorry for off topic, but Disqus sometimes love to screw up with picture attachment, eh? X3

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      Eh you can only have so many lovable idiots on screen at once before you start seeing character archetypes overlaps

    • brostar

      We don’t know if Persona 1 & 2 exist in the same universe. Something I doubt considering the events of both P1 and P2 aren’t as easy to sweep under the supernatural rug.
      I honestly hope that Persona 5 is part of an all new universe (still being the real world) instead of following the P3&P4 bandwagon.

      • Lalum

        Everything minus Innocent Sin is in the same universe.

        • brostar

          Are you sure about that? None of the previous games were mentioned in the P3 or P4 or P4arena.

          • Akemi Nakajima

            Actually it is if you pay attention to the tv in the dorm in P3. The Kirijo Group was also originally a part of the Nanjo Group (if you played P1 to know what’s Nanjo Group)
            And the director of Persona himself said that all games (minus IS) is in the same universe. Kinda international, the wiki has it.

          • brostar

            Well I hope at least Persona 5 is a completely a new game like how Persona 3 and Persona 4 felt.

          • Lalum

            I’m 100% sure, I still agree with you though. It would be nice if P5 distanced itself the same way P3+P4 did from P1+P2.

      • hng qtr

        Whatever, Amala network.

  • Persona Q sounds really innovative not just in gameplay mechanics but as described in the article, sound as well! Can’t wait! Really hope it get’s localized quickly after its release in Japan. Just a side note, but it’d be cool if they remixed and then integrated both Persona 3 and 4 battle themes for some boss battles or something ^-^

  • I don’t care anymore, enough of fake smiles
    Buckwild I go, tried it on but it didn’t fit me so
    Found a better pair of shoes to walk
    Even in defeat, I hold my pride never gonna talk
    Better yet
    My mouth is tight like James Bond
    You thought you saw me, but next second I’m gone
    I don’t want no throne
    I’m a freelancer, do for benjamins, but I’m not a gangster
    Show me what you got
    If you got it all ‘cuz I fight not only verbally
    Volatile man I am, gotta game that I play

  • Warren

    This music gives me the energy to face the world around me, 2014 will be the best music/game year of my life so far. Thanks Shoji Meguro and co!

  • SetzerGabbiani

    We may yet see some kind of ode to P1 and 2 judging by the 25th anniversary statement. Catherine made a cameo, who says some other titles won’t make it?

  • Niyari

    “We also put a lot of effort into the game’s ending theme, so I really hope you guys enjoy Persona Q until the very end!”

    oh gawd. inc another legendary theme

    • Kaetsu

      If it’s anything like Kimi no Kioku then lay it on me!

  • Servant BerserCAR

    Persona Game = Great Music. Nuff said. Those who deny this fact is not human.

  • LaserVision

    I really, really loved Meguro’s work so far, but I’m definitely keeping an open mind for Kitajo has cooking for PQ. Haven’t heard any of his work for the Etrian series yet.

    • Scarletmoonwish

      It a shame more people don’t play the game, it features an out of this world soundtrack that put you in the mood for what ever situation your team faces.

      • SetzerGabbiani

        The soundtrack for EO IV really brought the series to the forefront. That soundtrack is ridiculously good. Yuzo Koshiro is a master, but we’ve known that since at least Streets of Rage 2. “The Land Beyond the Clouds” is as epic a track as you can find in any game.

        • Shane Guidaboni

          ALL of the EO soundtracks are good!

    • Mel81

      Thats because he never worked on the Etrian series. He helped Meguro and Kenji Ito with Persona 4, Catherine, and Devil Survivor 2.

      The great Yuzo Koshiro is the sole guy behind the Etrian Odyssey tracks.

      • LaserVision

        Well then, thanks for the correction. The music for Catherine was fantastic. Atlus really has a deep bench of talented composers.

  • Since Daisuke Kaneda is working on the game and it does give off a big Etrian Odyssey vibe, I’d love to hear some Shoji Meguro & Yuzo Koshiro collaborations

  • Mirai

    I will never doubt a soundtrack done for a persona game as they are always damn good. I just hope I can afford to buy a 3DS by the time this comes out.

  • ManSizeSextet

    A complete title in the Persona series and not just a fan service-y spinoff? Intriguing.

  • Anthony Birken

    Will they ever make something like this for p1&2? Would definitely love to see it

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