After the wave announcements yesterday, Famitsu was fast to arrange an interview with Atlus.

First they talked about the closing of Index.

“Yes, this past year or so, we’ve caused you fans who’ve been supporting Atlus to worry, and we haven’t been able to find the right timing to bring you any announcements, so we truly apologize for that. With the thought of being able to present a new game to you all soon, we zealously continued development, and are very grateful to have been able to make such an announcement this time!”

Persona Director Talks Persona Q, Persona Dancing, And The Future screenshot

Next they asked if the Persona producer and director could share a few words on the recently announced Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, which they say appears to be a new Persona RPG with elements from the Etrian Odyssey series.

“Just like the experiment of making a fighting game based off the Persona series in Persona 4 Arena, which was also well received by fans, the plan of making Persona Q came from wanting a game that could bring further joy from an even more ‘unexpected element’,“This will be the first title the Persona team will be making for Nintendo 3DS, and we also have Etrian Odyssey that represents Atlus for the 3DS, and we’ll be using its system as part of a ‘festive’ collaboration mindset in the development for Persona Q.

While we are implementing Etrian Odyssey’s system into it, just as the name implies, Persona Q will be a completely new title, but first and foremost, it’ll be for the fans of the Persona series.

However, since next year will be the 25th anniversary of the Atlus brand, we’d also like to use this opportunity to spread the essence from other titles apart from the Persona titles.”

After having announced several new titles earlier this weekend, Famitsu asks about how far have they’ve progressed in the development of those games.

Persona Director Talks Persona Q, Persona Dancing, And The Future screenshot

Persona Q is just entering its testing phase, and we’re currently polishing its contents,” says Hashino. “As for Persona 4: The Ultimate Suplex Hold, the folks from Arc System Works are helping out, and the development progress is going very smoothly. By summer of next year, we’ll be delivering a very voluminous PlayStation 3 version.”

Persona Director Talks Persona Q, Persona Dancing, And The Future screenshot

“Persona 4: Dancing All Night, too, is pretty much done for the most part, but we’re about to make more dances and events for it,” continues Hashino. “We, the Persona team, along with Arc System Works, and Dingo, are strongly focusing on our objectives and giving everything we got to meet your expectations, and we’ll continue doing so!”

Now they asked if he could share something about Persona 5.

“We’ve kept you waiting. The title will be Persona 5, a proper main-numbered game of the series,” says Hashino. “Continuing from the previous Persona 4, I will be the director, Soejima (Shigenori) will be in charge of character designs, and Meguro (Shoji) will be composing the soundtrack.”

Persona Director Talks Persona Q, Persona Dancing, And The Future screenshot

After that he just had the following to say;

Katsura Hashino: “I truly apologized for the delayed announcement! The development staff are working together as one in hopes of making each title something that can leave you with pleasant memories. Again, we will keep making games for you fans who continue sharing your love for the games we make, so thank you very much for your ongoing support!”

  • Trent Berlinger

    You know, I don’t think it’s a bad idea that they had the Project Diva and Persona teams coming together for this. It adds room for new and future rhythm games in that style to come in the future.

    There are a lot of game series that have great music and we could see a lot of interesting rhythm games come out of this, especially with Sega being third party. I could imagine them collaborating with other devs to make different kinds of rhythm games.

    How about a Pokemon Rhythm game? Zelda? Mario? Tales? Kingdom Hearts?

  • JonofPDX

    My only problem with the rhythm game (other than its existence likely meaning that Atlus won’t bother porting over Persona Q) is that if it holds true to the P4A’s model it will be a pretty significant part of cannon.

    That matters a lot to me as, unlike fighting games, I am unlikely to PLAY a rhythm game and therefor will be forced to either suck it up and play it anyway (stealing my gf’s 3ds) or go without experiencing part of cannon.

    At least the inclusion of Minato (or whatever you want to call him–P3 protagonist) in both P4D and PQ seems to give more credence to P4A2 or P5 featuring the return of his character. I love you Yu but…P3 was my first Persona and Minato’s my guy.

    • Persona 4 Arena has an auto-combo button that is basically press to win. Sure, you can go much deeper down the rabbit hole like most good fighters, but it’s really easy mode for those who don’t like fighting games.

      • JonofPDX

        …’kay…

        I mean, I don’t disagree with you, but I see that as a GOOD thing for P4A as it opens up the game for novices just looking for the Persona experience. Plus, in practice I don’t think you could finish any of the Labrys, Elizabeth or Teddie fights in the stories with just the auto-combo–they are just too fast and have decent block-breakers.

        But that is kind of my point. Unlike P4A, I can’t see myself wanting to invest time in a rhythm game. So I’ll either have to suck it up and power through it or not get a part of cannon…which makes me unhappy.

        • You said you were unwilling to play a fighting game, implying that you would not play Persona 4 Arena. I mentioned the auto-combo as a good thing. Also, I used the auto-combo in nearly every fight in the game when I wanted to phone it in and it worked fine.

          • JonofPDX

            Oh–no, lol, I was saying UNLIKE fighting genre P4A, I am unlikely to play a rhythm game 🙂

  • WhyWai

    hate to say this but Vita gets the most boring spin-off game compare to ps3 and 3ds…

  • XtemmA2

    “Persona Q will be a completely new title, but first and foremost, it’ll be for the fans of the Persona series.”

    Weird, huh?