Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth announced for 3DS
posted on 11.24.13 at 06:15 AM EDT by (@salromano)
A dungeon crawling spin-off featuring chibi Persona 3 and 4 characters.

Atlus has announced Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth for 3DS.

The spin-off, which features chibi versions Persona 3 and Persona 4 characters, is due out in Japan on June 5, 2014.

Here’s the story: During the Yasogami High School culture festival, a clock tower appears in the school yard and the heroes of Persona 4 hear the echo of a ringing bell. The sound of that bell reaches the world of Persona 3, and its heroes, who were fighting Tartarus, are suddenly transported to Yasogami High School and trapped.

To return to their original worlds, the characters from Persona 4 and Persona 3 must try to get back the lost memories of new characters Zen and Rei, who seem to hold the key to this incident, and go dungeon-crawling to fight shadows.

Players can become Persona 3‘s Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad or Persona 4‘s Investigation Team. Depending on which you choose, the dialogue changes, and the events with characters from that game will be depicted in more detail.

The game adopts an Etrian Odyssey-like command-based battle system. Being led by the same director, it also has a focus on dungeon crawling.

The game’s key staff inclues Katsura Hashino (Chief Producer), Daisuke Kaneda (Director), Shigenori Soejima (Character Design), and Shoji Meguro (Composer).

Watch the debut trailer below. Visit the game’s official website here.

Thanks, Famitsu.

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  • Impressionnant

    Dead. The series is dead.

    • HeatPhoenix

      Milked until the teat fell off

  • bloodiOS
    • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

      Remind me why Atlus USA forums went down.

      • Lynx


        It makes sense!

  • Elvick

    As I said in the other topic… this looks like a cheap cash grab.

    Very disappointing.

    • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

      Meltdown on Neogaf is real

  • Gigus

    Why couldn’t they just make a real persona game? Why take a square enix route? Im a sad corgi :/

    I might give the game a chance once I find a short synopsis of the story. I also have a soft spot for chibi stuff. Still kinda feels like they’re pulling square enix though :/

  • dior


  • TheExile285

    After watching the trailer, this actually seems pretty interesting.

  • James Keeton

    I actually quite like the look of this – and the theme song is really catchy too!

  • Jontaku

    Not even mad..

  • shogunknight

    Not bad, but 3ds only? Would have been cool on both 3ds & Vita

  • Santashi

    Region locked system, gah.

    Those designs are awfully cute though.

  • Budgiecat

    lol what does this say about their view on Nintendo fans……unbelievable..

  • artemisthemp

    I really hope Atlus won’t take long to bring, this to EU

  • usagi_san

    I want this… I really, really want this!

    • Anime10121

      We NEED this to be localized :)

      Come on ATLUS! If you can bring about Conception, there’s no way you cant also bring this :P

  • Zero

    If this comes to the west I’ll give it a shot. This is more my style of game than the dancing game is.

    • Anime10121

      I dont even like idol games (tried Idol Master and Miku), but that one just looked swag as heck :P

      • Budgiecat

        dancing games are only good when you actually battle other people

        Bust a Groove
        Dance! Dance! Dance!
        Yakuza 5
        and the Konami games

        ^^ First two were the best

  • Sal Romano

    I like it.

    More the reason I’ll have to eventually get a 3DS.

    • Anime10121

      You still havent got one yet? I’ma need for you to get on that Sal :P

      You are missing far too much awesome :P

      • Sal Romano

        I could buy it right now, but I wouldn’t have much time to play anything on it at the moment. So rather than buy and have it sit, I’ll wait it out until I can actually play something, and maybe, who knows, there will be a cheaper newer model out at that time.

        • Anime10121

          Well I can definitely understand the time thing. You dont wanna buy a console before you need to and have it massively drop in price…here’s looking at you 3DS (though it has more than justified the $220 I paid for it) and Wii U (should have waited til next year =/).

    • $18114340

      You and me both. Almost went and got one this year, but ended up buying a pre-owned PS3 instead for cheap… and they announced P5! So if I get a 3DS I’ll have everything I really look forward to.

  • Kobracon

    I ain’t gonna lie, this was the second best thing of the livestream. A classic dungeon RPG with P3 and P4 cast and it looks great! I can definitely see the Etrian Odyssey influence with the 5 man teams, but this game looks effing solid.

    Another reason to get a 3DS for me.

    • Anime10121

      DO ET!!! For real, 3DS has the awesome :D

  • ECM

    Some of us would be very wealthy individuals indeed if money could be made on the predictability of fan outrage. Alas!

  • Solomon_Kano

    Having recently played an EO game for the first time, I want this the most. EO is suuuuuper good.

    • Anime10121

      Is it really? I’ve heard this so much, that maybe its time for me to take the plunge into yet ANOTHER JRPG series (damn that growing backlogue D:)

      • Solomon_Kano

        Do ya have a 3DS? There’s a demo for EOU and I really liked it.

        • Anime10121

          Oh? I need to check it out later then! I’ve had a 3DS for a LONG time (planned to buy one when KH3d got announced, bought one when Legends 3 demo was expected to drop a couple months later)!

          • Solomon_Kano

            Oh? Gimme your FC!

    • $18114340

      Which one? The newest ones are probably the best but the DS trilogy has some pretty rockin’ music. The first game hasn’t help up so well though; it’s very user-unfriendly (there isn’t even a suspend save option!).

      • Solomon_Kano

        I played EOU, since the demo’s on eShop. If I recall correctly, it’s supposed to be a remake of the first EO game?

        Listening to some of the prior games’ music is actually what made me want to try EOU haha.

    • Budgiecat

      Wow what a fail

      Persona 5 is easily the most important announcement

      • Solomon_Kano

        Who said important? I said I want this the most.

        A teaser confirming what Hashino confirmed in interviews a while ago? Yay, I guess? The only relevant thing about that was the release window.

        • Budgiecat

          Yeah thats why its a fail. Why the hell would you want an EO clone thats basically a series that cloned off SMT and Wizardry to begin with. lmao so lame.

          And yes it was a teaser, but more importantly, a confirmation that it’s NOT coming to the goddamn 3DS….

          • Solomon_Kano

            Ohhhhh. I see. It’s a fail for me to be interested in a game because you aren’t interested in it for reason XYZ.

            Forgot you can’t have differing tastes on the interwebz. My bad.

            • Budgiecat

              Your tastes are crap if you favor this over a true sequel. This is just cash grab garbage not even developed by the Persona team. Same with that stupid dancing game.

              Forgive me for wanting JRPG’s on consoles to move forward and be respected again and not this tail between the legs bullshit of hiding on handhelds with 1/10 the development effort….

              • Solomon_Kano

                My tastes are bad if I favor gameplay videos over teasers teasing games we knew were coming?


                • Budgiecat

                  We’re talking about the games, not the meaningless trailers/teasers. You said you were looking forward to this game more. I couldn’t care less about the trailers.

                  • Solomon_Kano

                    Why should I be looking forward to P5 if there’s no more info on the game itself today than there was yesterday? Was the release date supposed to do it?

                    I’ll be excited when there’s some real info. I’d think that’s a pretty simple concept.

                    • Budgiecat

                      Way to contradict yourself bro. Try reading what you type next time….

                    • Solomon_Kano

                      I’m contradicting myself by saying I’m more interested in the game that showed gameplay… than the one that only showed a teaser? When my original statement was that the Q was the one I’m most interested in?


                    • Budgiecat

                      How could you be more interested in a garbage branding side game not even made by the Persona team thats obviously a quick cash in with horrible art design not respectful to the source. The fact that Persona 5 alone exists , despite any true gameplay trailer is the single most important and relevant news revealed today. They obviously save the best for last and all you can do is say ‘oh herp a derp I like this low budget knockoff EO game better because I like EO”.

                      So logic states if they made a Persona FPS game with Unreal 3 graphics photo realism style looking like Gears art style, you’d favor that over the real Persona game? lmao

                      yeah whatever pal, enjoy your cash in side piece shovelware crap. Be glad it’s not on iOS I guess…

                    • Solomon_Kano

                      What you just said made no sense, so I’ll break this down for you:

                      I like Etrian Odyssey.

                      I like Persona.

                      This Persona game is made by the Etrian Odyssey team with key members of the Persona team.

                      This game had gameplay.

                      I’m interested in this game.

                      Persona 5 had a teaser with no gameplay and a release date.

                      I’m remaining neutral until we actually see the game.

                      Nobody said anything about liking the game better. I haven’t played this and I haven’t played Persona 5, obviously. I said I’m more interested in this. That can’t be that hard to grasp.

                      That’s a pretty far leap to whatever you’re saying about an Unreal Engine shooter or whatever. If you don’t like EO, that’s great. I’m not saying you have to. I’m saying that I’m more interested in the game that I’ve seen gameplay for than the one that I haven’t. We know as much about Persona 5 today as we did yesterday, save for the release date.

                      Not sure why you have such a problem with somebody being interested in something you aren’t. You don’t need to justify to me why you aren’t interested, since I didn’t ask. If that P5 tease was better for you, that’s great.

                    • Budgiecat

                      What I’m saying is, no one asked for this shovelware crap. We all know what people were waiting for: Persona 5.
                      That’s the real announcement. THAT’s the REAL game. None of this other laughable garbage.

                      An EO with Persona slapped onto it is just as ridiculous as a Gears of War game with Persona slapped onto it.

                      Just like a Hatsuni Miku game with Persona slapped onto it is.

                      So your reasons are shallow because this is not a true Persona game.

                      And your reasons are stupid just because we did’t see worthy trailer with gameplay? fuck cares, its PERSONA 5. Nuff said.

                      Like I said, your first post didn’t clarify your reasons. You just said ‘herp derp I just played EO and liked it so I’m looking forward to this the most since I like EO”. The fuck outta here….

                    • Solomon_Kano

                      You didn’t ask for it, cool. That’s great.

                      A true Persona game? I suppose you didn’t care for P4U either, since a fighting game wouldn’t be a true Persona game?

                      Looking forward to a game by a team who made another game I liked… in the style of that game I liked… isn’t a reason? You HONESTLY needed that to be clarified?

                      Being more interested in games I’ve seen gameplay for than ones that I haven’t is a problem?

                      Because OMG IT’S PERSONA 5, WHICH WE KNEW WAS A THING WHEN HASHINO SAID THEY’RE MAKING A NEW PERSONA should have been more exciting? Because of… the number?

                      And being interested in this means I’d be interested in a Gears of War game?

                      Man, do you honestly know what you just said? Like… seriously?

                    • Budgiecat

                      DO YOU know what you said? You said “I’m looking forward to this more”

                      Do you know how stupid that sounds? without specifying, Just because you didnt see an acutal gameplay trailer (the nerve of them!), you made the claim that this is more important to you than Persona 5, simply because it’s an EO game with a Persona skin. It’s no more a real Persona game than the silly dancing game that was announced for Vita (which is a slap in the face for JRPG starved Vita owners). It’s a shameless cash grab and you know it.

                      And now you backpeddle and try to mince words for damage control. Whatever, we could argue this all day, but the reality is you’re not a Persona fan. Just a shameless faker sucked in by marketing fanservice BS.
                      I’m out.

                    • Solomon_Kano

                      Except I haven’t backpedaled at all. I’m more interested in the game that I’ve seen gameplay for (this one) than the one that I haven’t (Persona 5).

                      Mince words? You apparently didn’t comprehend the original post, so I elaborated for you. My opinion hasn’t changed in the least.

                      I honestly could not care less about being a “real” Persona fan. The fuck is that?

                      Oh, shit, you play the spin-offs, son? Oh noooooo, you gotta play the numbered games only to sit at our table!

                    • Budgiecat

                      You never said that. You never said anything about seeing actual gameplay that made your ultimate decision:

                      “Having recently played an EO game for the first time, I want this the most. EO is suuuuuper good.”

                      I comprehended fully. Thats what YOU typed. Now the rest of the crap you said is you backpeddling when I called you out. You lose.

                      Good day sir.

                    • Solomon_Kano

                      There’s a trailer in the very article that we’re speaking under. You assumed that I didn’t watch the trailer, so my saying I’m interested in the gameplay that I’ve seen was backpedaling?


                      Sorry, I’m not a cool guy real Persona fan. I’ll be certain not to walk by your table, lest I get “called out” again. My bad, interwebz.

                    • Testsubject909

                      I think I spotted the bit here.

                      He’s focusing on arguing your original statement.

                      In a sense, yes, your statement thereafter to add more weight to your excitement over one above the other can in a way be seen as you backpedaling somewhat, though that’s with a focus on a very small timeframe under the assumption that your excitement for the EO clone will sustain and last further and higher then your Persona 5 excitement.

                      It’s under the assumption that your interest for Persona 5 will not rise further period.

                    • Budgiecat

                      exactly. Thanks

                    • Testsubject909

                      I’m not stating that you’re correct either.

                      Solomon’s probably on the flow by the moment. His excitement will change and his reaction to you is because of your current extreme reaction as well.

                      He’s stating his current state and he’s just waiting for more info before he jumps into the hype train. And you can’t blame him for that. We’ve received minimal information that can be fun for people who like to play with the minimal data provided for many what-may-be scenarios.

                    • Budgiecat

                      Doesn’t matter; you reiterated what I was saying.

                    • Kobracon

                      Wow you guys, just wooooow. What a ride. Budgie you have been riding up and down my “nice guy – douche” scale like a freaking amusement park ride and you took a nosedive with this whole thing.

                      So he likes EO and Persona, PQ looks awesome to him. Its his opinon! People can like spin-offs more than the main game. HELL the ENTIRE PERSONA SERIES is a spin-off that is liked more than the main game. At least EO and Persona are RPGs and can be mixed, going so far as to say he’d might enjoy a Persona FPS is insane. Thats like effing apples and oranges.

                      That said, they managed to make a successful fighting game with another team, so was that shovelware? I know you don’t like this art style, you have not failed in making that vehemently clear in EVERY RPG with this artstyle but some people like it. Hell I like it. I highly doubt it will make the content any less dark then the Persona series can be.

                      I love Persona. Period. I’m gonna get this, Persona 5 and even the dancing game! Are you gonna start calling me a non-true P fan as well?

                    • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owltron

                      Alright knock it off…so he’s interested in PersonaQ. You act like it’s toxic to ya…

                      I’m interested too. So would that make it worse? I couldn’t care less…

                    • Haku_Luvs_You

                      every time a person disagrees with him, he slowly dies inside.. tis a terrible disease no cure is known ;w;

                    • Testsubject909

                      That actually applies to a lot of people pending their moods.

                      Everyone’s susceptible to that. Though of course everyone’s gonna get a slice of humble pie when they go crazy with it.

                      You’re no exception Haku. I think I might’ve seen you slip in there once before. Or is that just my memory being too fuzzy.

                    • Testsubject909

                      I think, and I might be reading too much into it, but it might be that he’s worried about diluted blood.

                      As in, the blood isn’t as strong.

                      That is to say… That there’ll be too much focus placed on spin-off, side-games and other such with less of a focus on the main entries. Which in turn will alter the brand’s image and may negatively affect the main entries.

                      All assumptions here though.

                    • Testsubject909

                      Actually. To be fair.

                      His leap with the whole Persona FPS would be valid if, say, you played Gears of War, really liked it, and they announced a Persona FPS spin-off and you were really excited about that.

                      But I’m just commenting on that one particular thing. That thing by itself stands.

                      The rest can be debated between you two.

                    • Solomon_Kano

                      > if, say, you played Gears of War, really liked it

                      > if

                    • Testsubject909

                      Specifically why I said the if.

                      I just wanted to make note. That argument could hold water pending how it was delivered and could’ve played against you.

                    • Solomon_Kano

                      To what end… ?

                      Both of us had moved on, so I’m really not seeing the purpose in that.

                    • Testsubject909

                      I like thinking back on prior events for the purpose of bettering yourself personally and mentally.

                      And for broadening your world view and understanding more points of views.

                      Basically to avoid being a narrow minded idiot.

                      And I just felt like sharing that publicly. Just in case a lot of fans decide to be just as such and hypocritically act as if they aren’t.

                    • Solomon_Kano

                      O… kay.

                    • Testsubject909

                      You know me. I’m a bit weird.

                    • Testsubject909

                      So in a way I’m looking at the downvotes he’s getting and just wondering.

                      Really Persona fans? You can’t even say you don’t even partially understand where he’s coming from? Not even a bit of empathy? Not even gonna try to understand him?

                      I expected more. Though I do understand. Nobody wants to deal with someone raging.

                      I mean it’s like this.


                    •!/kaishou Kaishou

                      Shit son!

                    • Budgiecat

                      ‘fo real yo!

                    • Wappuli

                      I’d like to see your face if Persona 5 actually turns out exactly like that, a photorealistic Gears of Wars-clone FPS.
                      But hey, it would be a numbered member of the main series, so it would be a TRUE Persona and therefore a good game, unlike this cheap “cash in”. ¬ ᴗ¬

                    • Budgiecat

                      I’d be at your house and you’d reap the consequences….

                    • Wappuli

                      Please be gentle.

                    • Testsubject909

                      Unlikely. It would ruin the series so your statement holds no water sadly.

                    • Wappuli

                      Dont worry, I wasn’t being serious at all. Just joking a bit since to me it looked like Budgiecat was saying that Persona 5 will be better than this, no questions asked, and base that on just that it’s a Persona 5.

                    • Testsubject909

                      It’s a general faith in the numbered series and on the pedigree of the Persona team.

                      And I can’t blame him for that.

                      Etrian Odyssey isn’t exactly great for it’s moving stories and as much as I enjoyed Etrian Odyssey. It’s more like regal popcorn. Very good quality popcorn that you can consume and customize and stuff. But it’s not a fine meal that lasts and keeps a deep warm memory in your heart.

                      It’s just a very fun game. And that’s basically it. But Persona is a very fun game that can change people drastically, emotionally and personally.

                      That history alone and the maintained success it has had means that I can understand if someone has a higher blind trust in the Persona 5 game then in an Etrian Odyssey clone.

                      PS. Not saying this won’t be fun to anyone wandering and randomly reading this. I’m just saying that the odds are high this won’t be as substantially fulfilling as a numbered entry game.

                      And also I’m playing devil’s advocate because I’m bored at the moment.

                    • Testsubject909

                      And it is sad to say but. This does have an innate feel of a “Cash in”. Or more precisely maximizing profit by branching out.

                      Some could argue overbranching out, overmilking the Persona 3/4 series.

                      It leads to certain worries. When there’s an oversaturation of something, people begin to get tired of it and lose interest.

                      Still. Persona is relatively small and this phenomenon has really only remained within the Persona 4 game, so the whole fatigue is mainly directed to Persona 4 thankfully.

  • Zarathos No Daimaōh

    Cool for those that want it . I wont , i’m not at all a fan of chibi stuff , and at least 1/3 of the draw of a Persona game , was always for me the aesthetic . If one that pleases me isnt there , even more so for a “mere” spin-off . I wont get it . Thankfully i wont have too , there is P5 and Arena 2 on the horizon , . I’ll wait to see what the dance game looks like before judging it , ene if i’m not thrilled by it

    • Budgiecat

      Remember we got SMT chibi stuff for PS1 and GBA but they never got localized and were quickly forgotten

      • Testsubject909

        You mean the Devikids?

        • Budgiecat


  • unknowncast

    What is with this Wind Waker-like Hate?

    • Eder García

      Eiji Aunoma said the WindWaker art style would fit very well in other games… looks like ATLUS took those words very seriously

    • $18114340

      Yeah I don’t get it either, especially considering that the art style isn’t too far off from what P3 and P4 had during gameplay ANYWAY.

      • Testsubject909

        Story focus, spin-off, first game that was revealed after a lot of teasing so blue balls were left unsatisfied by many and brand loyalty since the Persona series has mainly existed on Sony consoles with the sole exception to date being the one that wasn’t developed in-house by Atlus which provided a bit of a buffer.

        So it’s entirely easy to understand the reaction. Failing to understand it is far more curious if you ask me.

        It means someone’s not paying attention or is intentionally not paying attention. Or just not using their grey matter.

        • $18114340

          You misunderstand. I understand the reaction. I just don’t understand how people can think it’s justified. The brand loyalty to Sony consoles is ridiculous; it’s the same sort of crap that inspired the ridiculous self-righteous outrage when Devil May Cry and Metal Gear Solid went multiplat. A lot of other people not using their grey matter and keeping their cool if you ask me. It’s better for the brand to expand to a wider audience, and it’s not as if the manner in which they’ve shown to be doing it is in any way unfaithful to the brand itself.

          In addition, it was pretty obvious what the announcements were going to be about, besides the 3DS and Vita games — there was no way the announcement wouldn’t be related to P4A2, and we got the official P5 announcement everybody was waiting for. So why the negative reaction?

          Furthermore, that’s not actually what I’m talking about here — someone mentioned Wind-Waker like hate, and I took that to mean digs against the art style. You know, kind of like what people were actually talking about in the comments below. What does console affiliation have anything to do with it in this regard? I have no idea how Sony would be related to what was actually being discussed and what you bring up makes no sense in this context.

          So, your strawman needs a little work.

          • Testsubject909

            Expand, but with the examples you provided, they were multiplatform. This is an exclusive we’re talking about, so there’s far less of a buffer at work here. Thus the impact is stronger and the emotional reaction should be expected. Failure to expect it is a failure on your part to read the flow and ebbs of a social group’s shifting mentality and mood. Understanding how it’s justified is simply understanding a basic consumer’s mentality and the sustenance of a status quo, it’s really easy as hell.

            Also, considering the tension and the wait for what people were expecting to be an announcement for a Home Console Numbered release.

            A release of a portable spin-off (which I don’t think a lot of people caught unto as being specifically a spin-off, though the footage would’ve suggested that possibility). obviously is NOT going to attract a lot of positive attention. This isn’t rocket science. It’s uncommon common sense. I say uncommon because I know people usually don’t have that. Hell I sometimes don’t have that.

            Also. Wind-Waker like hate to me suggests more people choosing to arbitrarily hate it, not solely for the art style but because they immediately assume the game is just going to be bad. At least that’s the main gist of how I perceived the Wind Waker hatred and the sustenance of it since a lot of people got over the art style and Wind Waker is now one of the more beloved Zelda games (at least among a lot of random people I talk to).

            So it’s really just the initial shock and awe at work here. Plus… I’m sorry to say but there is still a noticeable difference between the graphics in Chibi and the regular graphics in Persona 3/4.

            Yes. They’re slightly deformed in Persona 3 and 4, but they’re still measured in a way that you can understand the general heights, build, who’s a kid and who’s an adult sort of deal.

            Here, they’re all going to look like slightly smaller, slightly chubbier (possibly) nanako sized characters. So there is still something noticeable.

            Plus my reply was also mainly in line with the idea that you really just didn’t understand the reaction beyond just what was suggested.

            I do a lot of pre-emptive arguments, for better or for worse.

            • $18114340

              If by “do a lot of pre-emptive arguments” you mean “start them for no apparent fucking reason”, then I can see where you’re going with this, and as far as the argument about the actual game’s art style I can accept your arguments as valid, if disagreeable. Perhaps “not understanding the reaction” (or rather, “not getting it”) is the incorrect phrase to use in this context. I suppose you’re right that it’s “easy as hell” to cynically comprehend that there will be a petty emotional reaction to the announcement of a spinoff where there is substantial irrational brand loyalty to a specific console allegiance. You could go as far as to say that it’s expected, which you have. But then again, that’s nothing new — Shin Megami Tensei 4’s announcement was met with just as much squabbling over, “I can’t believe it’s on a Nintendo, so now I hate Atlus forever”. So really, old hat, and how could it not be?

              Unfortunately for you, that’s not what I was talking about in the initial statement at all and as such every argument you’ve made is heavy, heavy extrapolation from one manner of speech — that is, you took my “misunderstanding” of the negative reaction to this announcement, took it to mean a literal inability to comprehend the reasons why this reaction exists, and then went on some bullshit tirade about how this isn’t rocket science. Yeah, no shit, Sherlock. As long as we’re being pedantic allow me to list all of the ways in which the announcement of a 3DS-exclusive spinoff of Persona is very much not rocket science. (This is sarcasm, since I’m expecting you might actually think I’ll do it).

              I’d call that “trolling” but I suppose that term is cliche by now. And over what? To take pot-shots at a generally harmless and nondescript statement of non-bewilderment, but genuine disappointment in people for being this petty? So that you could make a straw man out of me? Maybe instead of pre-empting arguments next time, we can instead just concentrate on the ones that are already there.

              And lastly:

              Also, considering the tension and the wait for what people were expecting to be an announcement for a Home Console Numbered release.

              The thing is that that’s exactly what we got, and this was an addition to that announcement, so again, I don’t think the reaction is justified, or rather (if we’re still being pedantic) I don’t feel it should be justified, and while it may be the “initial shock and awe”, it’s still stupid and I reserve the right to express figure-of-speech faux-bewilderment at the stupidity of it.

              • Testsubject909

                Long term training in a variety of conversations kinda trained me and semi hard wired me to act that way. I’m not gonna change that anytime soon so do forgive me on that.

                Additionally I tend to keep in mind I’m in a public forum, so often times I actually make my statement more wide, keeping in mind a general populace along with whomever I talk to, so some of my statement goes out more towards people like, say, the ones upvoting you rather then yourself. Though I often fail to make that clear and that’s entirely my fault.

                I’m not really trolling though and I do admit and have admitted that I extrapolated from your statement you know? It means that I agreed. My statement holds no weight to your direct statement and only hold weight upon a larger possible theoretical image I drew from it.

                If I offended you. Sorry. My goal wasn’t to offend or to aggravate. Just to discuss and it often is. But my style of speech is sometimes aimed to draw certain reactions not out of the person I talk to, but out of the peanut gallery which I know might stumble across this.

                Again, it’s slightly how my mind is semi-hard wired.

                No conversation on the internet in an open forum is fully private. It must always be able to adapt to some newcomer interloper. And I prefer to pre-emptively take them on simultaneously. Often times because I don’t keep track of all my posts, so sometimes I do return to some old ones only to find that things trailed to all hell and back. I’d rather it do so based on something I state with a bit more meat.

                It’s a flaw, but one I took on willingly for the other odd benefits that I’m certain a great majority of people don’t care at all about.

                • $18114340

                  The peanut gallery does not count. By addressing them you are including them in a discussion they have offered no stake in. You are speaking on behalf of an audience (for or against them) that may or may not actually exist based on an assumption of the prerogative behind their binary approval/disapproval. If a bystander wishes to participate their position is a decision they make on their own.

                  I feel that discussion works best when subjects are introduced organically. If you feel strongly about a subject then the only fruitful discussion comes from direct conversation with specific individuals who feel just as strongly. Your points are valid — but they should be at the forefront of your argument.

                  On a totally, completely unrelated note, upvote/downvote systems are dumb.

  • Omega_Shiro

    This is clever never expected a 4-3 cross over THAT IS NOT Arena though it was a good game.

    • Auragar

      THis isn’t 4-3. It is P3/4 Spin-off. It will not continue the story. P4A2 will wrap that up.

      • Omega_Shiro

        I know its a spin off not a main makes sense sense its not on sony.

        • Auragar

          Well 4-3 wouldn’t be a spin-off, but so long as you understand. lol I am still interested in as you can tell.

  • Ivan Junior

    I think that would be better on the PS Vita. Anyway, what’s with those chibi characters? They look weird as hell!

    • Budgiecat

      Because they want to appeal to Nintendo’s family friendly kawaiiness desu ne

    • Saphira

      You must mean cute as hell XD//shot Anyway, I’d imagine doing them in chibi costs less in terms of production so… =w=

  • TwinTails

    Wait, this is the first Persona game made for a Nintendo system…
    New milestone hit. Keep it up, Atlus!

  • Nerroth

    Of course, now the door is open for a Project Mirai-esque chibi dance game, to contrast with P4D over on the PS Vita…

    I do wish this game was also being done for the Vita, but I hope it’ll do well on the 3DS.

    • Testsubject909

      And this is where I’m confused.

      Where is the hatred coming from and what is it focused on?

      Persona fans, older ones, would either understand and accept this departure into a Nintendo console, further-more since it’s a spin-off (like myself), or be against it which would suggest that they would maybe downvote you but then there should be more downvotes spread across other comments so that’s not it.

      Next, your statement that you wish it would also be done on the Vita would only target 3DS fanatics with a clear disdain for the Vita, thus console fanboys that should have no relation whatsoever to the actual game and subject stated. A fear of their “Exclusivity” which I’d imagine they would see as a victory to eliminate a competition that would actually cause more problems to the market then aid it, and thus cause more problems to the 3DS due to their short sightedness… So that’s an option.

      Which really is the only option left, because you end with a note of hoping that it does well on the 3DS.

      Unless the downvote comes from the opposite end. Vita-elitists who wishes everything to remain on the Vita, for some because they think “The Vita’ll die and it has no gaems” to which I say “expand your horizons, I’ve got a backlog and I still haven’t finished half of my games on the Vita and I’m using it regularly”.

    • Testsubject909

      TL;DR: To counteract the idiotic hatred you’re getting. Here’s an upvote.

      • Nerroth


        To be clear, I have no ill will towards this being on the 3DS. My wish that it could have been on both handhelds (like some other RPGs that have been announced as of late) is not meant to denigrate either platform.

        But then, if PQ is to remain a 3DS exclusive, that’s totally fair enough. And in fairness, the bulk of the Persona franchise remains on Sony platforms, so I could see why Atlus might want to use this title to offer something different to a new (to Persona) audience.

  • Budgiecat

    Also, is there any reason these Persona crossover games leave out the characters from the first three Persona games? (Persona and both Persona 2’s)

    • $18114340

      Probably because P3 and P4 represented such a dramatic stylistic shift that the creators themselves are either afraid they aren’t able to re-introduce them or because they want to just move on, but P3/4 are so enduring and popular that it’s worth it to expand upon their universes.

      • Budgiecat


        They talk about ‘moving on’ yet they’re milking. That’s contradictory

        Well at least we got confirmation of P5 finally. That’s moving on….

    • Testsubject909

      That’s quite honestly a very odd question to ask.

      For one part, familiarity among a larger fanbase to begin with, even with the new additions of the remakes, there’s still the fact that these two games co-exist within the same timeline. Such a link does not exist between Persona 3/4 and the original Persona 1/2IS/EP. Outside of a cute reference with the Hermit arcana in Persona 3.

  • Auragar

    :oooooooooooooooooooo Adorable. Will get.

  • Raiu

    Did SMT4 sold well? if it didn’t, it might explain why Persona Q existed… I do have a 3DS but why am I not happy about it? (Not angry, just not a smile on my face)

    Did Atlus purposely named it Q to sound ‘Cute’?

    • Budgiecat

      Maybe the setting is that it’s a mystery series like Ultra Q (mid 1960’s show). The font had that 60’s swag to it…

    • Auragar

      I thought it sold decently? Maybe not? Yah I think so. Besides they didn’t want to call it P3 or P4 (looking at you P4A) because it has both characters.

      • Raiu

        Maybe they should called it Persona Chibi Universe and be done with it….

        • Auragar

          I like Persona Q… but eh. I would’ve named it Etrian Odyssey: Persona 3/4 or something, because from what is said above, it will at least be similar to Etrian Odyssey, just with P3/4 characters in chibi form.

    • Bec66

      Actually this game seems to have more in common with Etrian odyssey than SMT4.

      • Testsubject909

        Which is exactly why he asks if SMT4 didn’t sell well, thus the shift to Etrian Odyssey’s formula with a hefty coating of Persona 3/4 skins.

        • Budgiecat

          Its pretty much the same reason Nintendo DS got Evangelion Puchi and that chibi Code Geass game instead of real games. They think Nintendo fans are toddler lovers

          • Testsubject909

            Family friendly brand management.

            But you can’t say that considering the roots of the SMT series and recent return on the DS with Strange Journey and 3DS with SMT 4 proper, do note I do make the difference SMT and Megami Ibunroku, so I can understand the sensation of betrayal some fans might have over Persona shipping over on a Nintendo console, though it being a spin off non-canon game, it’s probably not affecting people as much. At least once that info spreads.

            Atlus can take it seriously on a Nintendo console just fine. And they can pander on a Sony console just as well. I mean look at Persona 4 Dancing All Night.

          • OlimacFTW

            Are those games chibi to you? Huh!?

          • TalesOfBS

            Butthurt is going to kill you.

        • Raiu

          Are you me, Test? You just wrote my thoughts there…

          The Persona series could be more popular than the SMT series thus I think that if SMT4 failed, they put out a Persona game and see if it has fared better. As for the shift to EO’s formula, the 3DS cartridge could be the culprit, not because the EO formula is popular. Persona games have a sheer amount of content in it(models, enemies, dialogs, etc), so much that the little 3DS cartridge can’t hold them all to be considered as the main game. In theory, the 3DS might not even able to handle the usual Persona Battle system from P3 and/or P4.

          • Claude

            3DS cards go up to 8 gigs. No 3DS game to date has been near that size.
            P4G is around 3.5 GB for reference.

            • Raiu

              There’s also a rumor saying Nintendo has capped developers into using 2 or 4 GBs for the time being, but could expand to 8 gigs in the future… No comment from Nintendo as usual… One more thing to note is that the Vita and 3DS use different compression methods so there’s no actual estimate on an uncompressed P4G… Take MH3U and MH4 for example, MH4 takes less space than MH3U… Why? MH3U looks prettier with just extra MBs… P4G can run on the 3DS but degraded in some way…

              if space isn’t the problem, then only thing I can think of could be the hardware itself…

              • Claude

                The simplest conclusion is that there is no problem. Atlus just wanted to make a new game merging two brands and expand awareness between both franchises’ fanbases.

                • Raiu

                  If that conclusion is as simple as it sounds, we wouldn’t be seeing a chibi-rised version(Not that it’s bad) but a full fledged version instead… There are always problems…

                  For some reason, downvoters can’t seem to take butthurts well instead of giving me a reply or reason…

                  • Claude

                    EO had chibi characters. This is Persona done in EO style. I’m not seeing the issue. You’re focused on imaginary hardware limitations rather than the actual reason why Atlus would cross two of its brands over like this. Fighting games, dancing games and dungeon crawlers sound more like franchise expansion than hardware limitations.

                    • Raiu

                      Imaginary? Couple of games have issues(mostly framerates) like MGS3D, Tales of the Abyss, Blazblue, Sonic All stars racing, etc…

                      Franchise expansion is less convincing, more like milking the franchise… You can’t deny that Atlus is expanding the Persona series way too quick(Persona Dancing All Night. Of all genres to pick from, why?) while leaving SMT(after finished SMT4) to rot somewhere…

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  • DanijoEX ♬ the Cosmic Owltron

    Either way, this one definitely takes the cake. Keeping an eye on this one now.

  • TheExile285

    Day one

  • Wolf Star

    I’m alright with this. It looks awesome :)

  • Aiddon

    so…much…chibi. Definitely an interesting idea for a spin-off, so I wonder if this could lead to more tangents in the future.

    • Testsubject909

      It’s not that it could. It’s that it will.

      I mean after the first few tangents we’ve seen, Atlus has been doing more of them.

      Devikids mind you wasn’t a particularly succes..sful… one actually I have to check that.

      I mean they did do a SMT Devikids anime show…

      So it must’ve had some success… Plus side games like this are a good way to make extra money with less effort and a smaller budget to finance larger games.

      Considering they’re also touching on cell phone mobile games as well. The odds are high that we’re going to encounter many more of these side-games. Especially now that they’re under Sega whom I don’t remember if they’re still in some financial troubles or not.

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  • Raoni Marques

    Persona overdose! Love it!

  • Nice Boat

    Too many announcements. So many feels

  • Eclipse

    Nice, this definitely has my interest.

  • Magnumsally

    I knew 3ds would get one

  • Magnumsally

    Nintendo got the best announcement outside of persona 5, but all were good

  • new_tradition

    Looks interesting. I’m a sucker for chibi art (especially on boys, awww ♥), but it looks fun.

    And I see Shinjiro..!

    I’ve never been interested in the EO series, but I can check out a demo and see what I can expect, I guess *shrugs*

  • ekibyougami

    A spin-off of a spin-off?!? (Persona is a spinoff of ShiMaTen after all) SPINOFFCEPTION!

    Although I’d buy the P4: DaN for the Vita (because dancing Yosuke and Kanji), I’d need more info about PQ before deciding whether I’d get it too or not. Non-canon aside, I still hope there are still social links. Given the sudden twist in cuteness since Persona and ShiMaTen are targeted for a mature audience (why else would they have genital demons/gods?), I still find myself… well, a little mindfunked XD

    • Auragar

      SMT is in itself, in a way a a spin-off of MegaTen.

  • DrForbidden

    While it looks pretty good, with the combat being basically what you get in P3P & P4G, I’m still curious why the characters needed to be ‘chibified’…

    It’s not like the 3DS is unable to depict character models like those found in P3P and P4G.

    • TalesOfBS

      They just want to attract new people, and putting a exact clone of the main series on the 3DS wouldn’t help that.

      • DrForbidden

        To be fair, they’d have absolutely no trouble attracting new people even if they didn’t use a new art style, considering this is the one and only Persona game on a Nintendo system…

  • Kurisu Makise

    And so “Persona series” appearing on that list long ago, can now be checked off. I’m curious why the Index name is still being used or if that’s purely for copyright purposes only.

  • PrinceHeir

    looking ace ^^

  • Aiden McMinimy

    This isn’t going to be released in America is it? I’ve never played a Persona game before, but I was watching Superjeenius’s let’s play of Persona 4 and was pretty amazed by how great the story and gameplay are in Persona games. However, I don’t have any Sony platforms, so when I saw this I got excited then I started rambling in the comment section now I’m here. Anyway, is this confirmed for America? The teaser trailer in Japanese didn’t really get my hopes up for a western release.

  • SOLOmio

    a dancing game for vita and a actual rpg for 3ds !!???