A Glimpse Of The Persona Q Premium Edition Artbook

By Ishaan . October 21, 2014 . 2:29pm


Atlus USA have shared a preview of the 38-page artbook that comes with the Premium Edition of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. (Note: If the embed above doesn’t work correctly, you can view it here.)


The book contains artwork of the game’s different characters, illustrated by Shigenori Soejima. It also contains illustrations of the members of the Velvet room, images of the Yasogami High School Culture Festival, and promo art.


Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will be available in North America on November 25th. The Premium Edition is priced at $79.99 and you can read more about it here.

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  • ReidHershel

    Oh, for the first 8 pages that seems kind of….lacking.

    • Kaetsu

      It reminds me of the one that came with EOIV.

    • Shippoyasha

      It’s more of an instruction manual than artbook I suppose. That seems to be the thing with artbooks that comes with games nowadays.

      • ReidHershel

        Very, very sadly.

        • Shippoyasha

          I think the actual artbooks are truly fantastic though. Very large books too and they are pretty affordable. I’m trying to collect them once we start the waiting game for Senran Kagura 2 and Estival Versus.

  • TheManWithPants

    So… if I were to get into the Persona series, which game should I start with?

    • InfinityAge11

      Take your pick of either Persona 3 FES or Persona 3 Portable.

      • nick_54g

        maybe P3P would be better but then going from P3P to FES can be weird due to changes in battles

        • MinakoArisato

          P3Fes has The answer, so its clearly FES that should be played first. Just for the story I mean.
          I still love P3P more than all the other persona games^^

    • BloodyNights

      I personally think Persona 4 is better in just about every way to Persona 3. So go with…Persona 4 Golden! But really they are all great games. So it doesn’t matter which you choose as long as it isn’t a spin off and is an actual title from the Persona series.

    • Souffrir

      Just stick to FES. P3P makes an interesting look at the game after you’ve already played it, but for the most part it just makes the gameplay worse, and I’m not even talking about the world interface.

    • SobriK

      As I’m sure you’ll find out from poking around online a bit, P3P offers the option of playing as a female protagonist (which I really enjoyed). It outright says that using the male MC will give you an experience closer to the original game, but P3P is worth checking out if you prefer playing as a FeMC.

    • ShadowDivz

      Personally, i started with P3P.

      BUT Persona 3 FES has animated cutscenes and the P3P has anime stills. P3P has a “select this place to go” travel system while FES has you walking to places. It really depends on you.

      Persona 4/Golden is really nice too. But i prefer the story of Persona 3. Because it’s much more mature. P4 is more of a “yeah, we can do it friends! Dattebayo!”

    • zuuum

      to add my 2 cents to it :3

      Start with Persona 3 FES it has the WHOLE story and a higher difficulty level than P3P. (Afterwards P3P for the social links and playing as a female protagonist if you want)
      If you liked P3 you should definitely play Persona 4 then. If you have a vita go for Golden, no questions since it’s a upgrade version of the original, but if you don’t have a vita or the money for it get P4(which is harder than Golden).You can still watch all the extra cutscenes from Golden on youtube if you want.

      And yes, Persona 1 and 2 exist as well. A lot of fans (who started with P3/P4) don’t really like them because they don’t have social links and a different/older combat system. But if your main priority is to experience a great story then give P2 a chance. It has the best story imo.

  • DansGame

    I have never played the persona series but I am a sucker for collectors editions. Would it be unwise to start with this game? Could I look up the story of previous games online? I might just buy it just to have it on my shelf honestly..

    • InfinityAge11

      I, personally, think it would be very unwise to start with this game. I haven’t played it yet, but I’m pretty sure this game’s story and character interaction is more like a fandisk, purely for fun for established fans with already established characters.
      Edit: I would also highly advise against reading the stories online, as P3 and P4 are absolutely fantastic games that you should actually play.

      • Souffrir

        So much this. So, so, so very much this.

    • ShadowDivz

      What Infinityage11 said.

      Some stories you simply got to experience first hand. I mean, you COULD watch it/read up on it online. But then you would just be all “yeah, it’s a good story. whateves”.

      But if you really experience it first hand, make your own personas, max the links. If YOU’RE the player it gives you a much better “yeah i totally loved the games. The story was so well crafted.”

      For example, i watched the walking dead games,because i wasn’t to sure about Telltale. i saw some glimpses here and there but i wasn’t sure i wanted to pay for something i might not enjoy. Story was really good so i decided to get the Wolf Among Us. God damn that game was incredibly. The story was just so amazing. You see what im getting at?

    • Lazulis

      You may not need to play P3 & P4 to get the story, but certain character interactions won’t make sense and won’t impact you if you’re unfamiliar with the story of P3 & P4. Some tumblr ppl i follow are saying the story is canon. Both the P3 and P4 people are halfway through their own actual storylines in the game kinda so it may not appeal to someone who hasn’t played P3 & P4 before

    • Guillermo Oliva III

      This “Persona” game is unique with its in-game mechanics being different from its other home series. So, not only that, “Lazulis” mentioned that some of the characters dialogue would be confusing for you to understand what they are talking about ,since some would speak references from their past current events. Moreover, it is up to you and I suggest to look up the gameplay, sound, and if it appeals to you(if it catches your attention).

  • Souffrir

    Damn it, Atlus, if you’re going to start charging extra for your “phat lewt” editions, at least bring them back up to the standard we were getting (at no extra charge) five years ago, instead of leaving them as sucky as they have been recently.

    • ALfromHELLSING

      3DS XL Case alone is $40 and they give you more than just that for extra $30. Those who don’t want extras can go with standard edition, which still gives you free Tarot Cards.
      I’m glad they gave the game good Premium Edition not just the First Run Edition.

      • Souffrir

        Oh, man, you mean we get a case that more than half the intended audience can’t even use? You’re right, that totally makes up for the crappy “artbook” and “soundtrack.”

  • so is the soundtrack a sampler or the whole soundtrack to the game.

    • ThatGuy3190_7

      The “soundtrack” is only an arranged soundtrack of about 5 tracks. I don’t know why they promote it as a soundtrack when it contains arranged versions of selected songs.

      • Thanks a lot for the answer. I guess I’ll back out on the Premium Edition and settle for standard.

      • ALfromHELLSING

        It’s all marketing, Music Sampler doesn’t sound as convincing as Soundtrack. Remake of first Persona for PSP did come with the full length remake soundtrack tho.

        Speaking of Soundtracks, I wish Atlus would start putting Shin Megami Tensei & Persona Soundtracks on iTunes around the world.

        • ThatGuy3190_7

          But isn’t marketing it as a soundtrack when it’s actually a music sampler a bit on the lines of false advertisement? Not that I’m against Atlus in any way, shape, or form.

          Also, your avatar gives me another reason why I should complete Xillia and move to Xillia 2. Lol.

          • ALfromHELLSING

            Maybe it still qualifies as soundtrack even with 5 tracks that I don’t know. What I know that you must play Tales of Xillia 2. lol Playable Gaius alone is the reason to buy this awesome game.

          • ThatGuy3190_7

            Completing Xillia 1 will be my new years resolution. Lol. With Persona Q and Tales of Hearts R being released around the same time, I won’t be able to get to it until January. I’m only at the part where the gang first encountered Elize running away. So far behind. Lol.

  • ThatGuy3190_7

    I really want the 3DSXL carrying case but I can do without the “soundtrack” and art book. As I’ve said before, I don’t know why they promote it as a “soundtrack” when it’s actually a 5 track CD with selected songs that have been arranged.

  • MrJechgo

    Raise your hand if you’re gonna PRE-order it to get the second half of the Tarot Deck that came with P4AU…

    • Mr_SP

      I’m getting the Ultimate Edition… Even if I don’t actually have an XL. With luck, it won’t flop around everywhere.

    • MinakoArisato

      I don’t have a 3DS, but I bribed a friend to pre ordering it. He gets 10€ when he gives me the rest of the tarot-deck.

  • wahyudil

    I thought this game has already out …

    • ネオフォトン ~ Neo

      In Japan, yes.

  • Lugar

    I just wait 3 Months when this Game gets a E-shop Discount.

    • LoL at SMT IV. Well, there’s no EU release date known. Guess EU gets shafted again.

      Though it sounds like a broken record, why not release it worldwide at the same time?

  • Chim_era

    I really like the special edition. I would seriously consider buying it … if only the difference in prices between the USA and Europe wasn’t so ridiculous.

    $70 = €55 = £43
    …. but if I want the game in my country I have to buy the european version which is …

    £70 = €88= $113

    I’m very sorry but that’s just brutal. I can take a difference in price and I want to support the special editions in Europe but that’s just unfair. I would be paying almost double!

    • dason

      it’s 80$ in NA, not that it will make that much big of a difference
      but man didn’t know games were that expensive in Europe

      • Chim_era

        The prices on release are high in Europe, but fortunately the prices drop pretty fast after release. If you’re able to wait one or two months you can save €15 ($20), only online though. In the game shops in my country every game is at least €50 – €60 even a year after release.

        But NIS opened an online store for the EU, which offers primarily Premium or limited editions.
        ( http://store.nisaeurope.com/ )
        It’s a great initiative but very very expensive and some editions don’t ship to every country in the EU (the cheap ones :p )

  • Freud_Hater

    The premium edition is the one that comes with the remaining Tarot cards, yes?

    • Herok♞

      Both do

  • ネオフォトン ~ Neo

    Eh, I’m gonna just go with the standard edition. I was contemplating on importing, but I figured it wasn’t gonna take too long to make it over, and because cost-related reasons.


    I even forgot that there was an artbook, I’m more interested in the second set of Tarot Cards & 3DS Case. I believe case alone was priced around $40 in Japan. So it’s a great deal.

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