As long as we’re talking Persona, Atlus also put out more information about Persona 4 spinoff Dancing All Night. Storywise, the game follows Rise’s idol group, who investigate an urban legend about a web video causing viewers to be taken to “The Other Side.” Said other side is apparently a place called the “Mayonaka Stage,” and when the phenomenon claims a fellow idol group, Rise and company willingly participate in order to free the captives. Cue dancing to defeat Shadows.
Apart from Rise, Atlus announced that the Protagonist of Persona 4 will also show up to help out. One of Rise’s junior idols, Kanami Mashita, is also a key character who gets stuck on the Other Side. The music will include remixes of prior Persona soundtracks along with new compositions: the former includes “Pursuing My True Self,” “Heaven,” “Reach Out to the Truth,” “Time to Make History,” and “True Story.”
Put on your red shoes and dance (in Japan, at least) starting Fall of 2014.
Atlus has begun releasing information about Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. Specifically, players will choose between the protagonists of Persona 3 and 4 to control. In either case, the plot revolves around a strange clock tower appearing at Yasogami High School during its cultural festival, which, among other things, sticks the teams from both games together. The exact story differs slightly depending on perspective, as the Persona 3 crew are the ones seemingly dropped into 4‘s world, but regardless both teams have to work together to figure out what’s happening.
Confirmed recurring characters are Akihiko, Mitsuru, and Shinjiro from P3, and Yosuke, Chie, and Yukiko from P4. New characters Rei and Zen, students at the high school, are seemingly tied to the mystery, having lost their memories at the same time of the incident.
Persona Q is set for a June 5 release in Japan.
Atlus has (at last) announced that Persona 5 is in development for the PS3, with a release window of Winter 2014 for Japan; so sayeth the official site. Very little is known at this time, though the imagery in the teaser suggests it will again make use of the high school setting.
Not content with Vita shenanigans, Atlus revealed that a 3DS Persona title is in the works. Specifically, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will feature characters from both Persona 3 and 4, who become trapped at Yasogami High School when a strange clock tower appears in the yard. Players can choose to control either the S.E.E.S. or the Investigation Team, with dialogue and events changing accordingly.
Persona Q is set for a June 5, 2014 release in Japan.
The amusingly-titled Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold – better known as Persona 4 Arena 2 – will reportedly launch in the summer of 2014 for Japan.
Persona 4 Arena will be getting a direct sequel, Atlus announced recently. So titled Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold, the game will add Yukari and Junpei from Persona 3 as fighters, and will hit Japanese arcades sometime in Winter. PS3 and 360 versions are also planned, though no dates have been given and no global release has yet been confirmed.
Developer Arc System Works has revealed that a sequel for Persona 4: Arena is in development. Little is known at this time, though a playtest held at select locations in Japan revealed Yukari Takeba and Junpei Iori as playable characters.
Persona 3: The Movie #1: Spirit of Rebirth has been confirmed for a November 23 release date in Japan. Ticket sales begin on August 10 at select theaters, a list of which can be found at the movie’s website hereabouts.
Atlus has revealed that the Persona 3 movie will hit Japanese theaters this fall. The movie’s official site has been updated to reflect this, and a new trailer is available over on yonder YouTube.
After a weirdly long period of silence, Atlus has at last announced a European release date for Persona 4 Arena: May 10. Preorders will gain access to Limited Edition content, which includes the official arranged soundtrack with exclusive artwork and the Digital Fan Pack.
I suppose “bonanza” is a bit strong for “these two games are coming out in Europe,” but what the heck. Persona 4: Golden, AKA probably the best reason to own a Vita right now, will hit European markets starting February 22. Completely unrelated game Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory will spread its console moepocalypse on March 15.
Over on Persona Europe’s Facebook page, it was announced that Persona 4 Arena will not see a 2012 release. An FAQ from the publisher explained that “For all EU games, there are a number of changes that need to be done to bring it in line with the regulations laid out by Sony and Microsoft in Europe. These regulations are to ensure the game will work correctly in each individual PAL territory, from individual EU countries to Australia and UK.” This, unfortunately, appears to be the delaying point.
While fans reacted angrily, citing the unpopular decision to region-lock the game, the FAQ did suggest a possible bonus as compensation for the delay. “We understand everyone’s frustration surrounding this,” it reads, “so we are preparing something – and we’ll announce that once the new schedule for release is in place.”
Check out the full FAQ and resulting rage here.
Vita redux Persona 4: Golden has been given a tentative release date of February 20 in North America, with the European release following on the 22nd; The publisher has noted that this date could be changed if necessary.
Atlus has released the latest patch for Persona 4 Arena, addressing various game balance and technical issues on both 360 and PS3. Among the items fixed is the “Serious Gamer” achievement – earned by reaching level 30 in online matches – which had been inaccessible for some players.
Atlus has announced the North American release date for Persona 4: Golden. The PSVita redux is set to launch stateside on November 20.
Via press release, Atlus has announced a special edition of Persona 4: Golden will see a limited run of only 10,000 copies. Ringing in at $69.99 US, the Solid Gold Premium Edition includes a golden Hori pouch, protective skin, stickers, and a face cover.
Persona 4: Golden will launch in North America this fall.
A pending update for Lord of Vermillion Re:2, Square Enix’s arcade card game, will add characters from the Persona series as summon magic. Persona 4‘s Yuu Narukami is the first to be confirmed, but others from P4 and P3 will be included.
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Persona 4: Arena hit the ground running with its console release. The Atlus/Arc System Works collaboration sold some 138,000 copies in its first week in Japan, roughly 90% of stock. This trumps the previous record set by a fighting game, 103,000 for Tekken 6 in 2009.
Of further interest for the series: Famitsu leaked an interview with Team Persona producer Katsura Hashino, stating that the next numbered Persona game is in development. While this likely means Persona 5, it was not explicitly stated thus, and a remake of a past game is not out of the question.
Sources: Andriasang, Joystiq
Yaaay, we’re back! And hopefully we’ll stay on time going forward, or at least we won’t lose power right when I’m about to start writing. Anyway, news time!
- Sony acquires streaming game service Gaikai for a cool $380 million. Speculation abounds as to how doomed modern consoles are (not very, for the moment).
- Vivendi plans to sell off its stake in Activision-Blizzard. Possibly a restructuring effort, or maybe they just see Call of Duty being the next Guitar Hero, with all that would imply.
- Zynga reveals “Zynga With Friends,” and exciting new games ending with -Ville that are totally not the same idea over and over. One’s even an “epic slot machine adventure” for extra irony.
- Yoichi Wada asserts Final Fantasy VII isn’t getting remade until they make a game that surpasses it. My take: better get a DeLorean, ’cause we’ll need the nineties again.
- Atlus announces and defends its decision to region-lock Persona 4 Arena. So that’s why the official forums melted down the other day.
- The EU rules that resale of digital games is legal, Pokemon Black and White 2 makes all of the money, Facebook suffers a sizable email fiasco, and more!
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