Here’s what we know about Persona 5:
- Series director Katsura Hashino will return to put the game together
- Composer Shoji Meguro will be back to come up with a ridiculous soundtrack
- Shigenori Soejima will design the characters again
Forget worrying about a release date for P5 — at best, we might get a reveal of the game itself at E3 this year. This is somewhat surprising to me, considering that the first news about Persona 5 being in development was back in the summer of 2011. Since then, there’s been no news outside of the information above.
The good news is that Persona fans have not been abandoned in the meantime. After Persona 4’s PS2 release in 2008, Atlus has released the definitive version of both of their most popular games (Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden), as well as a brand-new fighting game (Persona 4 Arena) with characters from the series.
But here’s the problem: Arena featured an intricate story mode with with events that took place two months after the conclusion of Persona 4, including an ending that left a lot of questions unanswered. Was this a precursor to Persona 5? Would we see the return of familiar character instead of an entirely new cast?
P4Golden was no different — it featured additional content after the conclusion of the main story that explained more about what happened to the characters and Inaba. Still, instead of tying things up for P4 with a pretty bow, it felt like there were still dozens of possibilities for the cast, including a new character who could join the investigation team.
Don’t get me wrong: These additional glances at the worlds and characters of P3 and P4 are only a good thing. Seeing so much work put into the story for Arena was amazing (especially by fighting game standards) and Golden turned P4 into one of the best games of all-time. I have no beef whatsoever with receiving more time with some of my favorite characters.
My only problem with all this is that it seems like a waste of some great momentum. Maybe that’s why I was a little let down by Sony’s PS4 conference — somewhere in the back of my mind I was hoping we might see a reveal of Persona 5. Some screenshots, maybe, or a logo on a box. To this point, none of that exists; all we have so far is a partial list of the development team and some nebulous hints that the game is “in progress.” Considering that it’s already been five years since the original release of P4, and the series has exploded in popularity since then, I guess I’m just surprised that Atlus is taking this at such a slow pace.
Look, I think P5 will be worth the wait, and I certainly don’t want to rush development just to get my giant hands on a game. It would just be nice to get some information to tide fans over while the process continues.