Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will feature several characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4 along with their Personas. This week’s Famitsu magazine says the game’s characters will be able to use additional Personas for the first time.
In Persona Q, you’ll be making your party of 5 out of 20 different characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4. While it is recommended to have a balanced party that can hit different weaknesses, there will be special dialogue depending on your party mix, so in the end, its up to you to decide who you want to include.
The characters will be set in front and back rows. You’ll be putting your melee characters in the front, and ranged attackers, healers, and other support role characters in the back.
Now, onto the Persona selection bit. In Persona 3 and 4, only the protagonists where allowed to use different Personas, while your other party members were restricted to just one. However, Persona Q will allow you to set sub-Personas to the other characters. That way, they’ll be able to use other skills that aren’t available through their main Personas, giving you a large number of strategic options.
Additionally, there’s a new “Boost” feature in the game, which is similar to the “All-Out Attacks” from past Persona games, but with a couple of twists. By using skills to hit enemy weaknesses, your character will enter a Boost mode. While in Boost mode, your skill costs will be at 0 SP.
Having a character in Boost mode can also lead to a “Follow-Up Attack,” where one character can attack, followed by another’s assistance. They will also do the familiar All-Out Attacks, but it won’t be done in the same way, as having more characters in Boost mode is said to increase the odds of Follow-up attacks and All-Out Attacks.
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will be released in Japan on June 4, 2014 for Nintendo 3DS.