” I am thou. Thou art I. From the sea of our souls come new games in the Persona series
. That’s right, the time has come for the Velvet Room to open once again, so dust off those Social Links and keep an eye out for blue butterflies -Â ATLUS
‘ acclaimedÂ Persona
Â series is returning to North America with completely new games for this year and beyond.
“TheÂ PersonaÂ series is one of the most progressive, mature role playing game franchises in the world, and a cornerstone of what makes ATLUS a great video game company,” said Naoto Hiraoka, president and CEO, Index Digital Media, Inc. “The latest ventures into the worlds ofÂ Persona 3Â andÂ 4Â give new perspective and depth to some of gaming’s most incredible characters, and the new games have a wide enough breadth to be enthralling for newcomers to the series.”
So read on, and learn about the upcomingÂ PersonaÂ games coming from ATLUS:
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
Â (Fall 2014) — You gotÂ Persona
Â in myÂ Etrian
! You gotÂ Etrian
Â in myÂ Persona
! Well, you’re right on both counts.Â Persona Q
Â is a cross-over for the Nintendo 3DSâ„¢ system that bringsÂ Persona 3
Â andÂ 4
Â characters to the gameplay style ofÂ Etrian Odyssey
. It also marks the first time theÂ Persona
Â franchise will be available on a Nintendo system.
Characters fromÂ Persona 3Â andÂ 4Â have been given a complete visual overhaul to match theÂ EtrianÂ style and plunged into an alternate world resembling Yasogami High School. Legend has it that listening to the end of the bell chimes of Yasogami High’s clock tower causes people to die, and this time the bell tolls for the Investigation Team and the SEES. Trapped in an other-world filled with Shadows, the protagonists fromÂ Persona 3Â andÂ Persona 4Â each have different events to follow, allowing the player to choose and experience two different plotlines. As both groups seek a way out of the labyrinth, they will run in to two new characters, Rei and Zen, who may hold the secret to this new mystery.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Â (Fall 2014) — Arc System Works is bringing the sequel to the award-winning tournament fighterÂ Persona 4 Arena
Â to the PlayStationÂ®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360Â® in 2014! A few days after the P-1 Grand Prix concludes in the firstÂ Arena
title, the city of Inaba gets enveloped in a thick red fog and Mitsuru, Akihiko, Fuuka, and Aigis are shown as prisoners on the Midnight Channel. The Investigation Team fromÂ Persona 4
Â and former SEES fromÂ Persona 3
Â must once again fight to their limits in the new P-1 Climax tournament to rescue them and finally uncover the true culprit behind the deadly tournaments.
Persona 4 Arena UltimaxÂ will improve on the award-winning fighting game formula with battle-altering 1-hit special attacks and new characters, including Yukari Takeba and Junpei Iori fromÂ Persona 3Â and a brand new character, Sho Minazuki. Not a lot is known about Sho other than his goofy nature and being an unstoppable force in both puns and combat. Two swords, two scars on his face, red hair and red mist in Inaba? Surely it can’t be coincidence that he’s standing in the way of the Investigation Team. And to make matters worse, it seems he can control a Persona…
Persona 4: Dancing All Night
Â (2015) — Funky Student isn’t funky enough to bust a move with Rise and the rest of theÂ Persona 4
Â crew inPersona 4: Dancing All Night
Â for the PlayStationÂ®Vita handheld entertainment system. The summer following the events inÂ Persona 4
sees Rise return to Inaba after spending the summer back in her old life as an idol. After hearing rumors about the Midnight Stage, she checks a certain website at midnight and sees a mysterious movie clip and, you guessed it, winds up on the “other side.” Worse yet, she finds out her junior idol peers from the group Kanamin Kitchen are missing as well. She has no choice but to send an SOS to the Investigation Team to help rescue the missing idols.
Not even Riddle-senpai could have seen this twist coming: Normal battle tactics don’t work against the Shadows on the Midnight Stage, but dancing does! Rise, the Protagonist, and the rest of the Investigation Team will have to dance their way to victory. 30 pulse-thumping tracks make up the new Persona Sound in this rhythm-based action game. P4DAN is made in collaboration with Dingo Inc., the company behindHatsune Miku: Project DIVAÂ (PlayStationÂ®Portable).
Â (2015) — This is it. The big one. The latest true continuation of the award-winningÂ Persona
Â series will make its debut in North America on the PlayStation 3 in 2015″.