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Atlus Starting Work on Persona 5

The developer of the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona JRPG series is now set to start work on... Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5, says the man behind Persona 3 and Persona 4.

It's been a long time since we last heard anything about the followup to PS2 swan song Persona 4 - the last we heard, longtime Atlus composer Shoji Meguro had been credited with doing the soundtrack to Persona 5, but nothing concrete materialized from those rumors.

Now, however, we may have something definite, reports Kotaku. Katsura Hashino, who previously worked as producer and director on both Persona 3 and Persona 4, told Japanese game mag Dengeki PlayStation that work was beginning on the next Persona - but that things might be changing up a bit.

"We are preparing to start work on the next Persona," said Hashino. "I want to add things that are being expected of the series," he elaborated, but added that he also wanted "to change things that can be changed within those boundaries."

Smart money says the next game will likely be about Japanese teenagers who have the ability to summon powerful alter egos based on their innermost selves, and who each fall into a different category of the tarot arcana. The power of said alter egos will depend as much on how much time the teenagers spend hanging out after school together as it does on how much time they spend level grinding in dungeons recreated out of the human psyche.

But that's just a guess. He did say that he wanted to change it up, though. So maybe they'll be... Japanese college students this time around? What would you like to see in a new Persona?

In other news, Kotaku's Brian Ashcraft has excellent taste in pairing preferences.

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What I would like to see in Persona 5?

More suicide summonings.

Except with guns, they use swords.

Or grenades.

Or ponies.

Yeah, let's take that.

In Persona 5, I want to see people kill themselves with ponies to summon demons!

I would like it to be on PS3 or PSP. It's hard to play or even go into a shop and BUY PS2 games here in the UK anymore. Also, I would like to play one of these Persona games, as I feel like I'm missing out.

Calumon: High school? Takato is only in middle school, and high schoolers are always shoving him and henry around. Hehe, until guilmon pops out the trash can! ^^ They left a puddle!

Kick Ass! Hopefully it isn't too much of a departure though, Persona's 3 and 4 are some of my favorite games of the last decade!

But as long as they keep the Social Sim + Fantastic Characters + Snappy Battle System + Awesome Soundtrack I'll be happy.

Overall though I'd like to see them stick with the more "character driven" plot of Persona 4 rather than the grand world saver in Persona 3, it just worked better in my opinion.

But yeah, playing as Adults or College Students would be interesting as well.

Sounds awesome, I just hope they don't try and turn it into some kind of action game to "draw in the twitch obssessed crowd" like we've been seeing with other RPG franchises.

That said Persona 3 and 4 rock hard, I really hope we don't have to wait 5 years for a localization of Persona 5, I also hope it remains very similar, and doesn't kowtow to censors.

I want a character who uses motorbikes as a weapon.
Just ploughs 'em into a Shadow, then keeps driving.

Make it so that I don't have to pick the correct response in 5 multiple choice responses to be able to get the last dungeon and a decent ending. Having to go onto gameFAQs is annoying.

I want it on the PS3. K thanks :D

Motherfuck Yeah!!!!!!

Imagine the psychological strain that college students are under. We'd have some messed up Persona popping out!

Please don't make the support character anything like Rise again ; ;
I can deal with repeated messages over and over again through battle just fine when it has a nice voice like Fuuka, Rise just made me cringe whenever she spoke.
I would like to see more done with your Teammates Social Links, sorta like in Persona 4 how they would evolve when you reached rank 10, in the sense of being able to influence what kind of Person they would change into and what abilities they would obtain based on how you how you interact with them.

Oh nice! Another persona!

Hehe, loved the last one, despite some of the controvacy it caused with people >_>

Looking forward to seeing my brain explaode with more psychological trauma, heh

PS3 plz, I will no longer be able to play it if its on the PS2.

Oh god lord yes.

Please be on the X box 360....

It's kind of sad that I haven't even finished Persona 3 yet. And it wasn't even Persona 3 FES.

Eh...As much as I love those games...they really are starting to milk it. Well, it WAs the series that finally put SMT on the map in the U.S, so that is expected. But please Atlus, after this one, give that series a rest, and focus on the Main series!

Hey, the protagonist in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment were all Japanese ADULT PROFESSIONALS who have the ability to summon powerful alter egos based on their innermost selves... and it's probably my favorite JRPG of all time. Here's hoping they go that route again.

I want it for the Xbox 360, but that's never going to happen in the near future *sigh*.

The DSM:
Oh god lord yes.

Please be on the X box 360....

That's Funny:
I want it for the Xbox 360, but that's never going to happen in the near future *sigh*.

yeah sorry, I found this on wikipedia in the persona future section.

In September 2009, Shoji Meguro, a member of Atlus, was listed in Sony's site as the producer on Persona 5 exclusively for the PlayStation 3.

I want an SMT game on the next-gen consoles. PS2 is good and all, but it's time to move on.

Hell yes I am ready for another Persona game. Please if you are talking about changing it do not make it some stupid action RPG leave it as a turn based style system. It is so sad to see games that have great turn based systems completely throw away that system just to put in a crappy action system.

Nothing particularly wrong with the real time action systems just that it always pisses me off when there are so many cool spells/summons and I never use them because they either miss because the enemy moved, or take to long to cast and you get completely spanked waiting for the spell to fire off.(I am looking at you Final Fantasy Crisis Core.)

I loved the Persona games.

That said, my real question is what console the next game will be on. I'd be surprised if it's the Ps2 again.

I hope this will be on the "new" consoles, PS3, xbox360 etc. I don't want to have to dig out my ps2 again. :P

Oh man! Finally! Here's hoping it's on PS3 and I'm guessing a purple-y color theme.

John Funk:

But that's just a guess. He did say that he wanted to change it up, though. So maybe they'll be... Japanese college students this time around? What would you like to see in a new Persona?

College students would be so much more preferable.

ready for a new Persona, and if it's on PS3, that will be the
push to get me to buy one (PS3, that is...)

instead of tarot cards something different to classify the characters
mix the ages of the characters up, something like pre schoolers and highschoolers and college kids and adults

Dudeakoff:
Make it so that I don't have to pick the correct response in 5 multiple choice responses to be able to get the last dungeon and a decent ending. Having to go onto gameFAQs is annoying.

Ninja'd. I could NOT figure out how to get anything besides the bad ending in P4, when THAT happened... Anyone who played knows what I mean.

Anyway, I'd like to see a less obvious bad guy in the next game. The killer in P4 was kinda obvious from the beginning if you followed the clues.

Therumancer:
Sounds awesome, I just hope they don't try and turn it into some kind of action game to "draw in the twitch obssessed crowd" like we've been seeing with other RPG franchises.

You have played the Shin Megami games outside the Persona series right i'm 99.9999999999999% sure they ain't changing the formula that dramatically. most likely a new story type or maybe a different country.

I have never tried the Persona games, but since Atlus did such an outstanding job at demon souls, i'll try anything they make now.

Grayjack:
I want an SMT game on the next-gen consoles. PS2 is good and all, but it's time to move on.

Agreed, however ........... it never was about the graphical power........ maybe they'll do full voice acting.... we can only hope

The DSM:
Oh god lord yes.

Please be on the X box 360....

while were wishing..............
please someone bring over Chaos Head for the 360 or Idolmaster

John Funk:
Smart money says the next game will likely be about Japanese teenagers who have the ability to summon powerful alter egos based on their innermost selves, and who each fall into a different category of the tarot arcana. The power of said alter egos will depend as much on how much time the teenagers spend hanging out after school together as it does on how much time they spend level grinding in dungeons recreated out of the human psyche.

Excellent prediction there, I think that's very plausible. Did your incredible foresight also predict that Modern Warfare 2 would have guns in it, be set during a modern day conflict and involve shooting people?

I think this is great news. Persona 3 was one of the best JRPGs on the Playstation 2 when it was released. Then they released Persona 3 FES which was considerably better. Then Persona 4, which was a LOT better.

What I want to see most in this sequel is for them to give you more than two actions per day (one in the afternoon, one at night). I want different actions to take different amounts of time so if you plan properly you can do several quick actions rather than it taking the same time to stop for a bowl of ramen as it does to work at a part time job all afternoon. Also, although Persona 4 had already taken steps in this direction, I want them to turn up the complexity of how the social links interrelate. On Sunday dates with your links you could already run into people from other links (I was impressed when while on a date with Ai Ebihara I ran into Yukiko, Ai got annoyed and left and I ended up spending time with Yukiko instead- but also a little annoyed as I'd already maxed Yukiko's link). I want entire links to actually work together, with the overall events of the link changing depending on the choices you make not only within the link but also within OTHER links. Really, I couldn't care what changes they make to the combat/dungeon system, as long as they update the Persona models (which are the same ones they've been using since Shin Megami Tensei 3).

Therumancer:
Sounds awesome, I just hope they don't try and turn it into some kind of action game to "draw in the twitch obssessed crowd" like we've been seeing with other RPG franchises.

They already did, it was called "Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs The Soulless Army/King Abbadon". Don't worry, they won't be messing with Persona when they already have a SMT subseries for action.

I'd like to see P3/4's progression-through-time and dating sim stuff, snazzed up and made less linear, combined with a return to the everyone-in-your-party-can-switch-personas systems of 1 and 2 (and maybe demon-conversation wouldn't be too much to ask for, if they could make it a separate system from the dating sim stuff?). And elements of the more complex battle systems of 1 and 2. And yeah, college students instead of highschool students would be a plus. Time to incorporate the best of the old and the new!.. I hope. I'm sure I'll still buy it regardless. Also exciting would be some news of new work on the main SMT franchise, which has been idling since Nocturne/Lucifer's Call.. unless that DS game "Strange Journey" is supposed to fill that role. Haven't played it. Is it good?

Gamegodtre:

Therumancer:
Sounds awesome, I just hope they don't try and turn it into some kind of action game to "draw in the twitch obssessed crowd" like we've been seeing with other RPG franchises.

You have played the Shin Megami games outside the Persona series right i'm 99.9999999999999% sure they ain't changing the formula that dramatically. most likely a new story type or maybe a different country.

Yes I have. I've played Nocture, Digital Devil Saga, The Devil Summoner games, Devil Survivor (DS), and just got "Strange Journey" from Amazon, which means I'll probably be abandoning my flirtation with Pokemon before too long. :P

I am concerned mostly because of the Devil Summoner games, which are an action-RPG hybrid type thing, which so far seems to mostly be stat based, but I have been concerned is going to form the foundation for more work in the series. I mean it was pretty good, but I wouldn't want it to get any more action oriented, and in the end I prefer the good old fashioned stat-heavy, turn based combat... especially in the games that let me form my own party of demons (like Nocturne).

I admit my wariness is also due to the fact that we got the "Devil Summoner" series translated, but games I was more interested in like "Soul Hackers" wound up getting their port deep sixed right before release.

Therumancer:
Sounds awesome, I just hope they don't try and turn it into some kind of action game to "draw in the twitch obssessed crowd" like we've been seeing with other RPG franchises.

They already did, it was called "Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha vs The Soulless Army/King Abbadon". Don't worry, they won't be messing with Persona when they already have a SMT subseries for action.[/quote]

I've played just about every SMT release into the US except for Demi-Kids. That includes the "Devil Summoner" games (I have both, including the version of the second game that was packed with a plushie). It's actually the "Devil Summoner" games that have me concerned along with "Demon's Souls" even though the latter was not a SMT game (it was however brought over by Atlus).

Strictly speaking I prefer good old fashioned, stat heavy, turn based RPGs. However in making desicians about what gets sent to the US I've noticed they seem a lot quicker to bring over the more twitch oriented titles. "Devil Summoner" was still pretty stat based for the most part, but compared to other games with the SMT label I wasn't quite as impressed with it for that reason. I also notice that with all the RPGs released for "Japan Only" release the one we got was "Demon's Souls", which was a truely awesome action RPG (heavy on action, low on RPG) but probably wouldn't have been my first choice on the "OMG I want to play that RPG" list.

Probably a false alarm, but understand that while someone who could loosely be considered one of the "Atlus Faithful" I am still miffed over how we never got "Soul Hackers" or an official release of "Innocent Sin" in the USA despite everything. Now granted that goes back many years, but what can I say? Like an elephant, I tend not to forget about things like that. I simply do not trust Atlus' desician making process all that much.

If anything it will be on the Wii or DS.

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