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If you have Persona envy over November’s Japanese announcements, you can put down the evoker. Atlus USA is confirming all four of the Persona games for North American release.
Persona Q: Shadow of the LabyrinthFirst up, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is a crossover featuring characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4. The gameplay is borrowed from the Etrian Odyssey series, which we suspect means first person exploration and a the need to map out the dungeon on the 3DS’ lower screen.
The different character groups will follow different paths through the story as they investigate Yasogami’ High School’s eerie clock tower. This marks the first time that Atlus’ Persona branch of the Shin Megami Tensei series comes to a Nintendo platform.
Persona Q will be out in Fall 2014. For more, check out two new trailers out of Japan.
Persona 4 Arena UltimaxThe sequel to Persona 4 Arena, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, will be headed here this fall. The Persona 3 and 4 characters from the original return, along with new fighters Yukari Takeba and Junpei Iori. The title also introduces a new villain, Sho Minazuki. Look for it on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Persona 4: Dancing All NightIn 2015, Persona 4: Dancing All Night, will come to PlayStation Vita. This title puts the cast of Persona 4 on the “Midnight Stage.” Fighting shadows in the traditional ways won’t work, but dancing will. As you might have guessed, Dancing All Night is a rhythm game.
Persona 5Finally, Persona 5 is now confirmed for North American release. The title will be coming to PlayStation 3 in 2015. Not much has been revealed yet, but we suspect that social links and shadows will be on hand.
Our TakeWe had high hopes for Persona 5 and Persona Q making their way to North America, but getting all four is a nice surprise. It'll be interesting to see what the PlayStation 3 library looks like in 2015, but I expect that even if many have largely retired the system by then, it'll get reconnected just for Persona 5.