Bout bloody time (Pic: Atlus/PlayStation)
Persona 5 Royal’s producer has started hinting at Persona’s 25th anniversary plans, including new games.
Persona 5 Royal recently received a Partner Award at the PlayStation Awards 2020 Japan Asia, thanks to its strong sales in both Japan and the West.
In a thank you message from members of the development team at Atlus’ P-Studio (uploaded and translated by Persona Central), Royal’s director, Kazuhisa Wada, mentioned how next year marks the 25th anniversary of Persona.
He promised that the anniversary would not go uncelebrated, hinting at ‘many exciting plans’ for the series in the future.
Wada had previously mentioned the 25th anniversary in 2019, during an interview with Famitsu, which suggests that whatever Atlus is planning has been in the works for a while.
The Persona series first began in 1996, on the original PlayStation, as a spin-off from the Shin Megami Tensei series of Japanese role-playing games.
As time has gone on, though, Persona has become the more popular of the two, receiving many spin-offs of its own and even getting Persona 5’s protagonist, Joker, in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Currently though, the only Persona game confirmed for 2021 is Persona 5 Strikers, a spin-off/sequel to Persona 5 that plays like a Dynasty Warriors game, in a similar to manner to Hyrule Warriors.
A new trailer accidentally leaked earlier today reveals that it will finally come to the West on February 23, roughly a year after it released in Japan for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.
Aside from that, there are two Shin Megami Tensei games scheduled for next year. The first is an HD remaster of Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne (aka Lucifer’s Call) for the PlayStation 4 and Switch, which expected to arrive in the West in early 2021 (it’s already out in Japan).
The second is a brand-new entry exclusively for the Switch called Shin Megami Tensei 5. The game was announced in 2017, as one of the very first games for the Switch, but only recently received a new trailer confirming a release year of 2021.
Any other potential projects can only be speculated at this point. While it’s unlikely it will release in 2021, Atlus could announce Persona 6 with a teaser trailer at some point.
Projects probably won’t be limited to games either. The Persona series has had live concerts before, so a new one of those wouldn’t be unexpected (though it may have to be a virtual one considering the current climate).
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