Atlus on 2012: "That long-awaited title may be announced" - Gematsu
Atlus on 2012: “That long-awaited title may be announced”
posted on 12.27.11 at 05:54 PM EST by (@salromano)
Persona 5 reveal incoming?

Atlus teased a “long-awaited” title to be announced in 2012 in this week’s Famitsu. Several Japanese publishers were quizzed on their plans for the new year, Atlus hinting, “That long-awaited title may be announced.”

If there’s one long-awaited title from the Shin Megami Tensei publisher, it’s Persona 5. Atlus confirmed it was in production earlier this year, using the developer’s own internal engine.

In other news, Imageepoch said it will announce a new RPG soon. Look forward to it. Maybe it’s that PS3 bishojo game.

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  • FearMonkey

    A longer awaited title would be Shin Megami Tensei 4.

    Just sayin’.

    • Sovereign Gale

      @FearMonkey: And? Persona 5 is every bit as much a possibility.

      Just sayin’.

      • FearMonkey

        @Sovereign Gale: Yes, it’s a possibility. and more than likely a probability. But I’ve been waiting for SMT4 for 7 years now. If anything is ‘long-awaited’, it’s SMT4, not P5.

        • TerrenceG9

          @FearMonkey: It’s not really long awaited, I’d say most of Atlus’ newfound success lies in the Persona series, meaning most fans are looking for a Persona game.

          • FearMonkey

            @TerrenceG9: well, not me. I’m persona’d out, thanks. :p

    • RyougaZell


      Shin Megami Tensei 4 has been out for a long time already. Its Strange Journey.

      • FearMonkey

        @RyougaZell: I don’t recall seeing a ‘4’ in the title.

        • Hiyorma

          @FearMonkey: Nocturne doesn’t have a “3” in the title, but it’s still the third SMT game. Strange Journey is the canon 4th game in the SMT series.

          Edit: I stand corrected, just double checked and Nocturne does have a III. Either way, Strange Journey is still considered the 4th game.

          • @Hiyorma: Well, it does and it doesn’t. The European release (titled “Shin Megami Tensei: Lucifer’s Call”) lacks the ‘3’, though that’s most probably because of the fact that it was the first SMT game ever released in Europe.

          • FearMonkey

            @Hiyorma: It’s not considered the MegaTen 4 by anybody except wishful thinkers. It doesn’t have a 4 (or IV) in the title, it’s not Megaten 4.

            It’s an unnumbered game in the MegaTen series, just like SMT:Digital Devil Saga and SMT:Devil Summoner. None of those was considered MegaTen 4. Why is Strange Journey?

            The only thing I can think of is because since DQIX was on DS, people naturally assumed that Atlus would put a numbered sequel to their flagship series on it. But Atlus doesn’t look at it that way. If it doesn’t have a 4 in the title, it’s just an unnumbered spin-off.

            • Hiyorma


              DDS and Raidou are spinoff series, like Persona is as well. Strange Journey follows the format of the normal SMT series of games though. It’s not wishful thinking, it’s simply the fact that it is like the original series. Also, not sure how reliable this source is, but

              Furthermore, you don’t need a number in the title to be the next entry to something. Shadow Hearts didn’t have numbers in the subsequent entries. The Atelier games have no numbers. The Tales of games do not have numbers either.

              After reading around, although it’s not titled SMTIV, for all intents and purposes it should be considered the 4th entry. The reason they chose not to name it SMTIV was ONLY because it wasn’t set in Tokyo. So perhaps the next SMT will be called SMTIV, but all in all it will be the 5th major entry it seems.

              Either way, Strange Journey is considered a major SMT entry, and you might as well get used to it, whether or not it is SMT IV or not is irrelevant to whether the next Persona or SMT game should come out next.

            • ZimmerRemmiz

              @FearMonkey: It is considered the fourth game in the series by the people that made it, they have officially called it the fourth game in the series dude, sheesh…

    • ZimmerRemmiz

      @FearMonkey: @FearMonkey: Um That was Strange journey dude, you apparently weren’t paying much attention to the franchise if you didn’t realize that, and no it is not a portable spinoff, it is the official fourth game in the SMT franchise…

  • leokiko

    Never played a persona game. So I hope this is Persona 5.

  • zakou

    FearMonkey you still dont know the odds, what if person 5 turns out better than any SMT game ever made? what if it actually is SMT4 and it turns out “crap” like alot of this gen games?

    Just be happy Atlus is going to make more games of those sorts, how they/it will turn out, we still have to wait.

    • FearMonkey

      @zakou:If it’s Persona 5, I’m sure it’ll be great. If it’s SMT4, I’m sure it’ll be great. But I really want a proper MegaTen sequel at this point. I think we’ve waited long enough don’t ya think?

    • @zakou: You do realise that works both ways, right?

    • ZimmerRemmiz

      @zakou: 4 is out, it’s called Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey and it is fantastic…

  • zakou

    You should know better by now, its now about “how long you wait” but “what game made better success”

    This gen should teach you about this stuff as 60% or more games are FPS only cause they are the most demanded genre.

    SMT fanbase is small compared to personas, so yeah.

    But yeah i agree with you.

  • Jackle

    Count me as excited!

  • barklight

    OMG OMG OMG OMG… So super excited.
    Yesterday new hack game announced, and now this, OMG OMG OMG

  • whiteferrero

    it’s finally time! i’d good with either a p5 or an smt 4! or even a kewl new smt style spin-off. :D

  • Chaos Raiden

    Either Persona 5 or Shin Megami Tensei IV will be awesome. If both games are announced, then it will be much better for us RPG fans. The PS3 seriously needs some Atlus RPG games because they seriously good at making them.

  • captainhowdy

    It would be cool if they made a HD collections of there PS2 games. That would probably not happen.

  • Azure’Sora

    YaaaY !!
    I hope it won’t be as P4, which was boooooooooooooorin

  • ramestre

    “Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey (真・女神転生 STRANGE JOURNEY Shin Megami Tensei Sutorenji Jānī?) is a role-playing video game developed by Atlus and Lancarse for the Nintendo DS.[1]

    It is a title within the Megami Tensei series of video games, and was released in Japan on October 8, 2009 and in North America on March 23, 2010.[2] It is considered to be the fourth of the main Shin Megami Tensei games.”

    Taken from the Wikipedia article. All right, it’s not something set on stone… But despite not having the number 4 in the name, it’s part of the root series, and it’s not considered a spin off, so…


    • FearMonkey

      @ramestre: You answered your own question. It’s taken from Wikipedia which can be edited by anybody, even me if I wanted. Also note that there is no footnote to a source on that line in Wikipedia. So who put that line there? It’s certainly not official word from Atlus. If you can find somewhere an Atlus representative says it’s the fourth entry, I will concede. But I certainly haven’t been able to find it.

  • ramestre

    And, of course… I’ve long waited for P5. It’ll crush other PS3 RPGs <3

    But I'll like anything they throw at us… Being part of Megaten series, of course.

  • FaithlessMr

    Shin Megami 5 pretty please Atlus! Also guys, Shin Megami Tensei 4 is actually Shin Megami Tensei Strange Journey on the Nintendo DS :P

    I’d still love a new Persona but….Shin Megami Tensei main game series are absofuckinglutely amazing and the main series needs some lovin’.

    Also, amazing pic you chose to go with this article Sal ;)

  • vertical09

    Forget the title, anyone got a larger size of that pic XD thats epic.
    Oh, but pretty please persona 5 T^T

  • Mousse Effect

    SMT:SJ is SMT 4 . DDS and co are not called SMT in Japan. Plus, its a lot like SMT 3

    • FearMonkey

      @Mousse Effect: How do you mean it’s a lot like SMT3? IMO, Strange Journey is a step backwards from SMT3. It’s back to grid-based first-person dungeon crawling that’s in SMT1 or SMT2 vs SMT3’s 3D maps and exploration. Plus the combat in SJ is simplified from SMT3’s. No Press Turn mechanic for instance.

      • FaithlessMr

        While there was no press turn mechanic, the game had another way to reward you for using the right attacks. When you did it, all of the party members would follow up your attack with one of their own.

        I don’t think that it was a step backwards, but rather a throwback to the franchise’s roots.

  • DjangoRaijin

    I’m sorry smt fans but not enough people care compared to who wants P5 when Catherine was released I never once saw anybody type or say ” now they can get started on smt5″ all I heard was chanting and it sounded like “p5 p5 p5” over and over again. I say give us what we want. Besides I’m pretty sure Sal has an article on here saying they’ve already made a new engine and character designs for the next persona it’d be stupid to announce another game at this point unless they announce both which I highly doubt.