Persona producer teases Persona 5
posted on 10.16.12 at 10:30 AM EST by (@salromano)
'Stay tuned for more information,' says Hashino.

Famitsu.com today posted a special talk article between science writer Kaoru Takeuchi and Atlus producer Katsura Hashino. Towards the end of their discussion, the next Persona is mentioned.

“Development of the next numbered Persona title is making progress,” teased Hashino.

Pressed for more by Takeuchi, Hashino said, “We’re not at a point where I can say anything, but once the time comes we’ll release some information, so please stay tuned.”

Thanks, Game Jouhou.

  • XypherCode

    I’m thinking news will break out next year and a release the year after. :) I presume they’ll wait for the P4: Golden hype to go down first.

    • Kazziyan

      You’re forgetting SMT IV.

      • XypherCode

        Yeah you’re right. :P

  • DarthBrian

    It better be in fucking high-def or I’m done with Atlus altogether. >_<

  • FelixJRPG

    I think the visual style will be like Catherine, which is nice for anime style graphic xD

    • Budgiecat

      One would assume so. I think Catherine was some sort of beta test for the HD consoles for Atlus Persona team really. I also hope the writing is as good too (more mature)

  • http://moefx.wordpress.com/ barklight

    Hop on to the hype train everyone!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Fitzpatrick-Phillips/1786364591 Fitzpatrick Phillips

    Get hype Get hype!

  • Heavenly_King

    The sad things about this, is that it will most probably be for the 3ds.

    • Sevyne

      It’s quite possible, but not very probable. I wouldn’t be missing out no matter what it came out on since I have pretty much everything, but I’d be kind of disappointed if it were a 3DS title. I just don’t see it being a 3DS game though.

      What I would absolutely love to see them do is Cross-play for PS3/Vita, but that is even less likely to happen.

      • Heavenly_King

         Hopefully it will be for HD consoles, or if for handhelds, MULTI-handheld.   I wonder why all console games are multiplat, and yet handheld games are not? They dont like money?? >_<

        • Sevyne

          I think the reason for not going multiplat on portables is that while their is a bit demographical crossover, the portable audience is largely different in their taste in games. I guess the same can be said for home consoles as well, but the crossover is much larger on those so it’s more worth going multiplat in that case.

          Also the capabilities of portables wildly differ whereas consoles tend to be fairly similar.

    • TheFoolArcana

      Hahahaha no

    • Haku_Luvs_You

      Didn’t Atlus say they wanted to make a Persona for 3ds?… huh.

    • Kazziyan

      It will probably remain for PS3/360. A Vita/3DS version would probably come later down the road like P3Portable or P4 Golden.

  • KingOptimusOrigins111

    Lets get something strait this will be PlayStation bound so nintendo fanboys quit holding your breath. This is most likely for PS3 just like Versus. Lol I don’t even understand who would bring up 3DS.

    • MosquitoLemon

      By which you mean it’ll never come out and my system will continue to have no games?

      • KingOptimusOrigins111

        It will come out it just takes patience like Nomura likes to say.

    • GetOffMy_Lawn

      “This is most likely for PS3 just like Versus.”
      – Versus is made by Square-Enix, this is made by Atlus… pretty big difference…

      “Lol I don’t even understand who would bring up 3DS.”
      – A rational individual would bring up the 3DS because SMT IV is a 3DS exclusive…

      • CirnoTheStrongest

         SMT has been getting the shaft since Strange Journey, so it’s not surprising though it is disappointing…

        The Persona series has become the main series pretty much. So, it’s only logical that Persona 5 would be a console experience.

        • GetOffMy_Lawn

          I agree it would be logical to put it on a home console, most likely the PS3; I would actually prefer it that way.
          But I was still personally surprised to see SMT IV on the 3DS, so I’m just not 100% sure like some folks seem to be…

          • CirnoTheStrongest

             Well, since it was definitely being developed on PS3 originally, it’d be really odd for them to downport it for the 3DS. And, how are they gonna pull a Persona 5 Viewtiful (or something like that) if they put it on handhelds first!? xD

      • KingOptimusOrigins111

        Yes, Versus is made by Square Enix but it is most likely releasing for PS3. Why because the Wii U is not out and doesn’t have certain amount of people on it and Versus is already in FULL PRODUCTION FOR PS3. I also doubt they would want to dumb it down by the hands of Xbox 360 and Microsoft is pretty much dead in Japan while Europe and American Xbox owners only care about shooters. Microsoft has pretty much given up on trying to steal JRPG’s.

        Persona 5 is a pretty much a done deal for PS3 since all the main titles are on PlayStation as well as remakes for PSP & PS Vita. At this point its logical.

        What I don’t get why Nintendo fans want Versus and Persona when they weren’t asking for them while they were on the Wii. Nintendo fans have Dragon Quest X from Square, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate from Capcom, and Bayonetta 2 coming to the Wii U quit asking for more and be glad that you have those games.

        • GetOffMy_Lawn

          Let me make myself clear, since you’re putting words in my mouth: 
          1. I never suggested Versus should go Multiplat. I actually support it on PS3 the way it is. I completely agree that making it multiplat would decrease its quality. I think people asking for a multiplat release on Versus are wasting their time. 
          2. I never suggested it would be illogical to put Persona 5 on Sony plats. I am suggesting it is illogical to assume Persona is a “done-deal” for PS3 exclusivity, especially considering how much Atlus is contributing to the 3DS (though I would favor an experience on any home console, PS3 or Wii U, since I own/plan to own both).
          3. This idea that Nintendo fans just “WANT, WANT, WANT” can be said for Sony and Microsoft fans as well. I’ve seen many a Sony fan say “This should be on PS3″ concerning games like Monster Hunter. (and I don’t even need to mention the Bayonetta 2 responses…) 
          4. I never said “PERSONA 5 IS NINTENDO EXCLUSIVE”. I simply suggested that we not make jump decisions in order to prevent disapointment; let’s keep an open-mind. 

          Your response seemed a bit emotional, so I apologize if I offended you in my original response.

          • KingOptimusOrigins111

            Im not talking to you Im talk to the Nintendo fans in general the ones that want every single third party exclusive that gets announce for PS3 for their Wii U. Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix, Final Fantasy Versus XIII, and now when Persona 5 gets announce for PS3 sometime in the near future they’re going to be asking for that. Like I said all the main Persona games are on PS3, Nintendo may be getting SMT 4 but they never had a Persona game. 

            Did I not just say Nintendo fans should be happy to have Dragon Quest X from Square, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate from Capcom, and Bayonetta 2 coming to the Wii U quit asking for more and be glad that you have those games.

            • Guest

              This hasn’t even been announced for any console and you already assume it’ll be PS3. You use your own logic, and then start degrading the “Nintendo fans” for wanting a game on their platform. I suggest you not jumping to any conclusions eh?
              P.S. Everything you said about the Nintendo fanboys can be easily said about Sony and Microsoft fans. Though, from what I’ve seen, MS fans seem to be far quieter than their Sony counterparts.

        • Budgiecat

          What discs does the Wii U run? HD DVD or Blu Ray?

          • KingOptimusOrigins111

            HD DVD somewhere close to Xbox DVD 9 probably.

          • holly

            WiiU Discs will be 25 GB in size

    • FaithlessMr

      Comments like this just do not add ANYTHING worthwhile to the discussion. I’m sorry for putting this bluntly but I believe we already discussed this before. Please consider this your last official warning.

      Please refrain from adressing others as fanboys, please refrain from trying to start arguments by stirring up a discussion. Srsl, I know we’re a friendlier, small community but we can’t turn a blind eye on this no more.

      • KingOptimusOrigins111

        Oh but when Nintendo fans want to holler about “Oh we want Versus” which is already confirmed PS3 exclusive countless times where are you at to tell them that the game is already a PS3 exclusive but when I say Capcom should make a Monster Hunter game for PS Vita everybody wants to attack me base off my opinion. Nobody says nothing to holly, Cat Flames, or Skyer Ist. This website is so Pro-Nintendo its not even funny.

        • Kobracon

          Where…has this been happening? I certainly don’t remember droves of ppl asking for Versus on a Nintendo system in this site…..

        • FaithlessMr

          I can assure you this website is not pro-anything. Well, I lie, we’re actually pro-something. Pro-mature discussions, pro-friendly reasoning and arguments. Now, you’ll have to understand, as I told you before, that we deal with what we see. I honestly welcome you to call out to our attention by flagging innapropriate comments, and wait for us to deal with them accordingly, if it so needs be. Now please, understand that just because others were acting in a chidlike manner, that doesn’t mean you can do it either.

          It’s okay to not like Nintendo or Microsoft or whatever. I personally don’t like Microsoft much, and yet, I don’t go about posting snarky remarks about the other comments or trying to claim the superiority of the companies, games or consoles I care for.

          That is to say, you’re more than welcome’d to state your feelings or preferences. You can tell others you believe this game will be released on the PS3, and choose to back it up with your personal predicitons or facts, your call. Just please refrain from turning that into an open letter against anyone who disagrees with you, by resorting to name calling. That’s flamebaiting, and we really don’t appreciate that much.

          I hope you understand my/our position on this, and I hope you take these words into consideration in the future, should you wish to stay with us as an active part of our community.

          • KingOptimusOrigins111

            No offense but this website does feel in my opinion Pro-Nintendo. Nobody says anything to holly, Cat Flames, or Skyer Ist when they start to get out of control or like the time I was in the Monster Hunter 3DS article when that Nintendo fan attacked me for saying I wish they would make one for PS Vita and It took you mods about 5 days to say something but as soon as I say fanboy and tell it like it is that Nintendo fans want PlayStation 3rd Party exclusives. It only takes you mods 15 minutes to give me long lectures when you guys should be lecturing Nintendo side of this website.

            • FaithlessMr

               I’m sorry but I believe you’re misinterpretating our course of action here. We’re not singling any one out. Please try and understand that we deal with what we see, and not everything one may consider to be flaming or offensive is in reality what we’d consider offensive or inflamatory.

              I am not saying whether these users you’re mentioning did anything that deserved our undivided attention or not, I’m just saying that we’re not singling anyone out, even if that’s what you believe that’s happening.

  • HeatPhoenix

    I swear to god if it is for PS3 and SMT4 is 3DS only I’m going to have a fit.

    • KingOptimusOrigins111

      It will be for PS3. ;-)

      • HeatPhoenix

        I’m also going to throw a fit if it’s exactly like Persona 3 and 4. Persona 3 didn’t need to be a freakin’ series.

        • KingOptimusOrigins111

          LOL!!!!!

        • Kobracon

          You’d better get your fit pants on standby coz the chances of that are really high.

  • margherita mastropaolo

    i really look forward to hear more about this game,knowing atlus and the persona series i’m sure it will be a great game

    • FelixJRPG

      i am sure it will be a great game if they don’t exploiting DLC like what other companies do…

  • vertical09

    /Hyped beyond words.

  • Solomon_Kano

    With SMT IV not out yet, it’s probably gonna be a good minute before we get some real details on P5.

  • CirnoTheStrongest

    Let’s hope the FemC option is in there from the start! And that it’s like the P3/P4 games. I mean it’d be okayish if they went back to the old Persona style, but I would rather them continue with the whole ‘dating sim RPG dungeon crawler’ bit that they’ve had going. 

    • Kazziyan

      You. I like you. Someone else who understands!

  • FaithlessMr

    I don’t think I’ll ever understand what problem do people have with games on handhelds.

    Your hands won’t fall off or you’ll go blind from playing games there. I can guarantee you it’s as fun as playing the game on home consoles.

    That being said, I’m super ready for this.

    • Budgiecat

      I don’t understant how you don’t get it

      RPG’s are better suited for consoles due to their lengthy play times and single player; plus taking advantage of the hardware. Handhelds are better suited for quick pick up and play games. This is why most mobile phone games are getting extremely popular and short bursts gaming.

      Plus consoles have that extra space in hardware that RPGs can take full advantage of giving a true RPG world and not to make shortcuts that would be needed to do on a handheld. RPG’s are lengthy games that are usually single player.
      In Japan, the PSP and DS got a lot of popularity for the games that had multiplayer as Japanese kids and teens and young adults often meet up with their handhelds to play with one another. In the West, its not that common to do that, hence the depreciation of the PSP in it’s later years. 3DS is kicking of but thats due to the strength of Nintendo 1st party name recognition.

      Lastly, this gen we are starving already as it is for RPG’s on consoles. It’s been lacking.

      • Kazziyan

        Wrong. Many RPG’s work perfectly fine if not better on handhelds. Neither is suited for the genre. Both are great.

        Implying they ever do take advantage of it and how does that define a “true RPG”?

        • Budgiecat

          RPGs have the potential to be some of the most ambitious creative projects out of all the game genres in terms of scope and size. A Handheld is limited by it’s inferior technology and battery life to the console.

      • FaithlessMr

         I definitely agree with your last argument; I can’t say the same for the rest.

        It all depends on how you choose to use the resources you’re working with. Sure home consoles have all this amazing horsepower you can use, but if the game’s not interesting…then I really don’t care. ‘Sides, I’ve been playing some amazing rpgs on handhelds this generation, and never once did I felt the game was lacking in any way. Currently playing Persona 3 Portable and having a great deal of fun with it, I’ve spent well over 60hr on it and I’m still a long way to go until the end of the game.. I was playing SMT Strange Journey the other day and I still think the game is epic and makes great use of the resources Atlus was working it.

        I also agree with what you said about handhelds in Japan and they’re popularity, but again, that doesn’t mean gaming on home consoles is better. The only complaint I have with gaming on handhelds is the battery running low at times, but that’s easily fixed, by plugging in the charger and carrying on my game session until I feel like stopping.

        I think we need to broaden our horizons a lil’ bit. I love nice graphics and a huge display, but I don’t mind playing the game on a smaller screen, if that means I get to play it at all. Unfortunately, as game costs rose up, japanese companies were not able to keep up with the trend. And I don’t blame ‘em, they’re not swimming about in money right now, most of ‘em, so that means taking lesser risks and still giving the consumer a way to play their favorite games.

      • KingOptimusOrigins111

        Don’t worry Versus XIII and Persona 5 will prove them wrong.

      • imkmf

         Hmm. Why not have both console and handheld? Let’s assume Persona 5 is a PS3 release (maybe 360 too, based on Catherine) — games like Battle Royale All-Stars, Retro City Rampage, and Jet Set Radio have all been cross-play with the Vita. It’s possible, at the least, that Persona 5 could get a double-release and be playable on both.

        Now, I’m not saying it’s likely (I don’t think cross-play is something you bake in at the end, it’s very integral to the development cycle), but it is at the least *possible*. And that’s worth holding out hope for.

      • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

        “RPG’s are better suited for consoles due to their lengthy play times and single player”

        It depends though… Like you said, some RPGs will require some lengthy play times in its singleplayer… Unlike the console brethrens, handhelds can sleep during the game which saves you the trouble of booting up the system and loading the game to continue your grindfest.

        Take for example, I don’t have to time to sit down on the couch and play often because of work or school… So I could play a RPG on the handheld during my train ride to somewhere, I can close the handheld in sleep mode so that I can continue exactly where I left off later… That’s one of the benefits of the handheld… Taking the system and the game whenever you can and where ever you go…

      • Kobracon

        There is no ‘better’ for either console or handhelds for RPGs. For alot of games for that matter. The platform it is on doesn’t dictate how a game can be enjoyed. A good game developer would have utilized what their target platform is capable of and build their game AROUND it. 

        RPGs on the handheld can work very well, as do RPGs on the console. In the end its how the game was made. If you were to emulate a PS1 RPG (say FF8) on the PSP, sure it would kinda be annoying, coz you gotta play till the next savepoint when you might not have the time coz you’re on the go. But a game like Brave Story is an amazing RPG for the PSP.

        Grand Knights History and Radiant Historia are great examples of handheld RPGs that could rival even console RPGs

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Warboss-Aohd/100003803614469 Warboss Aohd

    i’d like a customizable Protagonist.

    ya know, skin color, hair color, hair style, gender, etc.

    i mean, it’s gonna be a silent protagonist anyway, might as well.

    • Speedo Redempteur

       no thanks ..
      i’d rather have a protagonist i can love or hate than a nobody i can’t identify ..

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Warboss-Aohd/100003803614469 Warboss Aohd

        well he/she would be your protagonist if customized, i don’t know how you couldn’t identify with your own creation.

      • ゆい

        How can you hate a Persona protagonist if they don’t even talk?
        And besides, there’s games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age where the created character is given personality, and even TALKS. 
        That would be ten times better than just a silent protagonist. 

  • PrinceHeir

    so this game will come out before Versus XIII O______O

    anyway im excited for this :D

    please return to a more darker story like the first two persona games.

  • new_tradition

    Please, please, please have a FMC POV option. And less likely, but please let us players decide who to romance and who to be friends with *_*

    I wonder if it’s another highschool setting. I’d be interesting in some actual adults this time around, like in college, or maybe new employees at a company or something…

    But I think we all know what the real burning question is:

    WHAT IS THE VELVET ROOM GOING TO BE THIS TIME?

  • Kobracon

    Sweet! Can’t wait for some news!

    Also, “science writer Kaoru ”
    Whats a ‘science writer’? DId you mean ‘Scene writer’, Sal?

  • http://www.facebook.com/retsmot Tommy Ong

    what a tease…

  • holly

    Just because Persona 1-4 were only for Sony consoles doesn’t mean that it won’t change. Final Fantasy I –VI were Nintendo exclusives, VII – XII Sony only, and XIII went multi and sold well enough on the box to justify Squares move. And I don’t see a single reason why the Persona series couldn’t get the same treatment. Xbox dead in Japan? Okay yes. And JRPGs also sell better on Sony consoles in the west. But it doesn’t mean anything. If Atlus could sell at least 100k copies to Xbox/WiiU owners, why the hell should they miss their chance. In my opinion third Party games shouldn’t be exclusive to a system. Sony/MS/Nintendo should fight with their first Parties against each other.

    But tbh, I hope it will be a handheld game. I really enjoy playing on my 3DS and Vita and in
    the last 6 month I spent most of my time on handhelds. It’s just way more comfortable.

    And it’s a lie that RPGs are better suited for consoles. Pokémon and TWEWY shits on every
    single console RPG of this generation and nothing can stand against Mega Man Battle Network!!! Also Birth by Sleep is thanks to the superior battle system (and Aqua <3) by far the best Kingdom Hearts to date.

    (the last paragraph was my own taste, so don’t get offended by it lol)

  • holly

    Just because Persona 1-4 were only for Sony consoles doesn’t mean that it won’t change. Final Fantasy I –VI were Nintendo exclusives, VII – XII Sony only, and XIII went multi and sold well enough on the box to justify Squares move. And I don’t see a single reason why the Persona series couldn’t get the same treatment. Xbox dead in Japan? Okay yes. And JRPGs also sell better on Sony consoles in the west. But it doesn’t mean anything. If Atlus could sell at least 100k copies to Xbox/WiiU owners, why the hell should they miss their chance. In my opinion third Party games shouldn’t be exclusive to a system. Sony/MS/Nintendo should fight with their first Parties against each other.

    But tbh, I hope it will be a handheld game. I really enjoy playing on my 3DS and Vita and in
    the last 6 month I spent most of my time on handhelds. It’s just way more comfortable.

    And it’s a lie that RPGs are better suited for consoles. Pokémon and TWEWY shits on every
    single console RPG of this generation and nothing can stand against Mega Man Battle Network!!! Also Birth by Sleep is thanks to the superior battle system (and Aqua <3) by far the best Kingdom Hearts to date.

    (the last paragraph was my own taste, so don’t get offended by it lol)

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      And I think Atelier Ayesha/Ar tonelico Qoga/Disgaea 3/Disgaea 4 are just a few of the games that are superior to those games you listed.

      Anyway, it’s almost guaranteed Persona 5 will be on a console. It being Sony exclusive is doubtful. In Japan it won’t release on the 360 pretty sure. Games that are multiplat on the 360 and PS3 always sell ABYSMALLY on the 360. And it’s definitely not going to be a 360 exclusive, because those just don’t sell well anymore. WiiU is a definite possibility. Heck, I could see a WiiU/PS3 release.

      But a handheld release is very doubtful. You just can’t do as much with it. While the SMT series is being pushed to having seriously oldschool design, I don’t think the Persona series would be acceptable for that at this point. Especially with ‘The Golden’ recently released.

      EDIT
      Oh, and I’m not saying it couldn’t be 360/PS3 outside of Japan. Just very unlikely that it will be released on the 360 in Japan.

  • ronny

    All I can say is please for the love of god do not make this like p3/p4. They were pretty terrible. Gameplay was the thing I hated about it. The whole childish feel to it was very annoying too. Not being a hater, I still love persona… its just that imo the last two sucked big time. Yes I did post them all the way through.