Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth Is Like Etrian Odyssey With F.O.E. Shadows

By Spencer . May 28, 2014 . 3:15am


Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is basically Etrian Odyssey with a coat of Persona paint. Players can draw maps using the touch screen, but if you skipped Atlus’ other dungeon crawling series you can turn on Auto Map to make the game draw floors and walls while you explore.


F.O.E.s, powerful shadows that chase you within dungeons, are in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth too. You can see F.O.E.s on the field and it might be better to run when you encounter one of these enemies.


Since this is a Persona game there are high school elements too. You can see school life scenes when you choose the Walking Inside the School menu option. Players will get to see Persona 3 and Persona 4 characters interacting with each other in these videos.



Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth comes out on June 5 for Nintendo 3DS.

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  • Ben Green

    Ahhhh why does Japan always get the good things first? i wanna play this game in english sooo badly

    • natchu96

      At least Atlus is a company that generally GIVES us stuff in English.

      Thank God they confirmed for fall ages ago . . .

  • Ecchitori-san

    I wanna see some Minato harem action with them girls!

    • articuzwolf


      • Hexodious

        I’ll continue calling him Minato.

        • articuzwolf

          you can call him whatever you want
          still, won’t change his name from Makoto to Minato…
          same as Seta Souji will never be used again in other iteration of P4 other than the original manga…

          • CamulaHikari

            Until he will be called that in-game or on the atlus/persona Q official website/material that name will be just as canon in my book as Minato is. (Read: not)

          • SilverSpades

            His name IS Minato in PQ so, we can actually call him so and it being correct, since you’re so adamant about that.

            I’d rather call that name canon over Makoto, since so far the manga has a closer adaptation and is the name that shows up more.

            Also, I’m not a big fan of Makoto’s characterization in Spring of Birth, I prefer the manga’s take on him (so far). I understand his traumatic past, but that still gives me a hard time believing that this is a guy who

            *SPOILER* Becomes the Great Seal. *SPOILER*

            Maybe someone has to ask him to do it? lol. I’m hoping he can at least become more of a free thinker like he was towards the end of the movie.

          • articuzwolf

            if that’s true than I’ll retract my comment on the name won’t see the light of day again…
            and compared to you, I dislike the manga-adaptation of P3 story, don’t get me wrong, when I first read it…it was awesome…especially coming after I finished the game…when you read it again now, meh it was bad…nostalgia factor is the thing that make it readable

            but that’s all opinion and subjective matter tho’

          • Ric Vazquez

            Well,he’s called Makoto Yuki in the movie, so I guess it’s cannon maybe…

          • SilverSpades

            I haven’t read much past the first two voumes of the manga.

            I liked it for two reasons:

            Minato’s character “Who’s less of a detatched traumatic character but more the “silent but friendly” type. He has some humor in his character and the manga as far as I know, is closer to the game in terms of plot.

            Makoto barely even hung out with any of the S.Links other than Kenji, and even then, I just can’t see him yet as this guy who even WANTS to make friends. However, it does seem that this same issue was brought up and he’s more likely to change as the movies progress.

            Still, as of right now I prefer the manga over movie 1. And Minato over Makoto.

          • xkumo

            His name is Minato in this game. Makoto isn’t canon. Get over it.

          • articuzwolf

            so does this game…

          • Hexodious

            In Persona Q his name is 有里 湊 which freely translates to Minato Arisato. Nice attempt anyways.

          • alhamega

            His name is P3主人公 now. 有里 湊 is just a placeholder name in the early trailers.

          • Hexodious

            Now? Always have been, there was no such thing as a place holder. Both Protagonists got their names as P3 主人公 and P4 主人公, but they’ve their own individual names too, which are Yu Narukami and Minato Arisato.

          • alhamega

            My point is, the name Minato Arisato is changeable. Why changing from Minato Arisato to.P3 主人公 if Minato is his default name?
            We’ll just have to wait until next week to find out then. I don’t have a problem with Minato by the way.

  • Shippoyasha

    I didn’t think Chie could get any cuter. Feels good to be proven wrong.

  • makubexnas
    • Kumiko Akimoto

      Yu pls

    • Ethan_Twain

      Please tell me that isn’t the actual dialogue from the TV show. That’s… super offensive. That’s real bad.

      • LexKitteh

        Actually it is. That’s one the thing I disliked the most about the Anime. It didn’t feel like anyone really accepted Kanji, and several times while in his dungeon they wanted to leave him to die. I’m hoping they handle it differently in Persona 4 the Golden Animation but I’m not holding my breath.

        • God

          Dude, in the dungeon it was for comedy’s sake, and when Yu (specially Yu) and Yosuke mess with him, it’s not seriously.

          • LexKitteh

            I can tell it was for comedy’s sake, but for people who related to Kanji, having him insulted all the time and not truly accepted is disheartening. I know the culture is different in Japan, and it makes sense why it happened that way, but it still bums me out.

          • Snorlaxation

            Absolutely agree. I woulda loved an option in the game to tell Yosuke to stfu.

          • SilverSpades

            Really? I never got the feeling they didn’t truly accept Kanji… and I found all of those jokes geniunely funny.

            And honestly, I feel like Kanji’s sexuality is even more ambiguous than when you first meet him.

            I don’t honestly think that he was a laughingstock character, and I strongly feel that just because he may be gay, he EDIT *shouldn’t* be free from all humor. (I noticed I typed that wrong) He was actually very well written imo.

            I don’t like the idea that sexuality and race differences suddenly make you free from all jokes.

  • Trinity

    Thank God they have auto mapping in this. I couldn’t understand the mapping in Etrian Odesy and it turned me off to the game.

    • Shin

      But it was pretty simple.

      • Trinity

        It wasn’t to me. But then again, I was new to the whole concept of dungeon mapping

        • natchu96

          When I first began my EO adventure last year I counted myself lucky I wasn’t playing dungeon crawlers during the age where physical graph paper, pencil, and eraser were necessary.

          By the end of the adventure, while I enjoyed automap for walls and floors, I was so OCD about marking moving floors, pools of water, and other hazards that I manually ran my stylus over the map again while automapping anyway.

          • Morricane

            Thanks for reminding me of my early RPG experiences…blegh. =_=

    • Dragard Kaos

      You sound like a casual. I bet you want to hold Chie’s hand.

      • Trinity

        …it’s Akihiko’s hand I want to hold.

        • Anime10121

          Lol XD

        • Dragard Kaos


          • Herok♞

            Hows that disgusting?

          • Dragard Kaos

            Don’t worry about it.

    • Bio438

      I’m also really glad this hasvauto mapping. All it does is cut out the part where I take out my stylus and draw. I still have to explore so its not undermining that aspect. Oh and in case you didn’t know the newer EO games have auto mapping.

    • Shane Guidaboni

      …couldn’t understand? You draw lines and places icons.

    • Swaggermuffin

      … How do you not understand the mapping in EO? You draw the map. That’s it.

      • Trinity

        It is just something I never had to do in a game before and combined with the first person POV, I was like “NOPE”

        But to each their own.

        • Snorlaxation

          Never plaed an EO game, so this sounds like complete Gibberish to me. I guess I’ll figure it out on my way through the game. Maps won’t stop me from my P3P4 hijinks.

          • AmewTheFox

            Believe me, it sounds like a chore at first, but mapping I found to be quite fun and made me look at the design of the dungeon a lot more.

            That being said, the Auto-Mapper looks annoying, because it looks like you have to face a wall to register it. Meaning hallways will be an endless cycle of looking side to side. No thank you.

            F O E! F O E!

          • Snorlaxation

            When you put it that way, I’ve gotta say, it sounds like something to look forward to. Fairly often these days am I able to appreciate the dungeon (or rough equivalent) in the game I’m playing. Sounds like this might just be what the fans who are sick of the simple/monotonous/grinding dungeon aspect need.

      • Skeptika Crediblus

        Yeah, but it’s boring and slows the game down.

  • Sentsuizan_93

    Now there’s an excuse to do this:

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    I thought we already knew this

    • natchu96

      Even when we’ve heard enough of it, F.O.E.

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        I’m also sure that mini bosses count as F.O.E don’t they?

        • natchu96

          By EO standards if it shows up on your map at all it would probably count.

          They use the same icon to display even bosses on the map anyway (at least the 3DS ones do, never played the earlier entries), with their own color coding.

  • natchu96

    The guys making the videos named the P3MC “P3 Protagonist”.


  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    awesome so it still have a dating sim element ohhhh I hope Ken notices chie in a sick way

  • Kornelious

    Gotta love those Cross-Over conversations ;D

  • Heropon

    oh great . This game just turn me off with the map style . I hate this kind of dungeon

  • revenent hell

    Normally I will buy ALMOST anything Persona/SMT but ya’ know… I am not an Etrian Odyssey fan and that’s the sole off putting thing about the game to me.

    I don’t mind the mapping system and certain things but overall I am really off put by the “style” of the game (how the characters look) and the fact its not a Persona game but an Etrian Odyssey one with a different coat of paint.

  • Nagi

    kinda knew but tbh i had no idea how etrian odyssey works first experience just threw me in the game and i had no idea what to do ._. hopefully this will let me see eo in a whole new light and get it better :3

    • Skeptika Crediblus

      Yeah, I’m playing the demo now. It’s….. not great :(

      • Nagi

        wah oh :O

        • Skeptika Crediblus

          Yeah, the first-person thing really takes away from the party feel you get from regular JRPG’s, and moving from square to square is Commodore-64 era blocky and boring.

  • KeiserOne

    This game keeps looking better and better. Hopefully it will be able to maintain a level of difficulty throughout the game instead of becoming piss easy along the end as with most SMT/Persona games.

  • Buitronthecrazy .


  • DragKudo

    I’m going to be sliding through the dungeons so the F.o.E don’t get me.

  • Ric Vazquez

    Keeps getting better.

  • Jettythesunfish

    Even in Persona games, F.O.E.

  • Trini The-King

    For some reason the top pic reminded me of Shin Megami Tensei 1 and 2 for the SNES.

    Crappy times :)

  • Nightmesh

    So they can’t leave the school? Bummer. I was hoping they could all go to the beach because I want Kanji and Akihiko to sport their swimsuits. heheheh

  • Skeptika Crediblus

    Now all there needs to be is a Persona-themed Diablo/Gauntlet style game, a Persona-themed side-scrolling beat ‘em up, and a Persona-themed 3rd person action game. Maybe a Persona themed bullet-hell shooter. Am I missing a genre?

    Maybe just a Persona-themed Nier game that does them all in one game.

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