Atlus Draws Out its Persona, Two Games Announced

Atlus has been rather quiet on the Persona front as of late but that has all changed, as last night Japanese magazine Famitsu has announced two new Persona games. Yes that’s right, Persona 4: The Golden will be releasing for the PS Vita and Persona 4: The Ultimate Mayonaka Arena will be releasing on the PS3 and 360.

Thanks to Andriasang, we have details of the two games along with Persona 5 news.

Persona 4: The Golden is an enhanced port of the PlayStation 2 game and will have:

  • 3G, Wi-Fi support.
  • A new character named Marie, voiced by Kana Hanazawa. She’s a “mysterious girl” who appears before the main characters.
  • If you’re about to die in a dungeon, you can send an SOS to other players. Famitsu did not entirely detail this feature.
  • New event scenes.
  • New anime movie scenes.
  • 1.5 times the voice-overs of the PS2 version.
  • New Personas.
  • New character outfits.
  • An element highly requested by fans.

The game was originally planned to release on the PSP, but would have had content cuts similar to Persona 3 Portable, so now with the Vita those cuts will not have to happen.

Persona 4: The Ultimate Mauonaka Arena is a fighting game in development jointly by Arc System Works and Atlus. Arc System Works is responsible for the popular BlazBlue fighting games. Each character will have their own original stories and the game will include cast from both Persona 3 and 4.  The game is set to take place two months after the events of Persona 4.  A few of the game modes were revealed and are listed below thanks:

  • Arcade Mode: battle against CPU and follow the story.
  • Story Mode: a deeper version of Arcade Mode’s story, exclusive to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game.
  • Score Attack Mode: battle against CPU for the highest score.
  • VS. Mode: player versus CPU or player versus player.
  • Online Battle: battle against players online ‘throughout the world.’

Finally the big news concerning Persona 5. The team has been brought back in, including director Katsura Hashino, character designer Shigenori Soejima, and main composer Shouji Meguro. The themes for the game have been finalized and the studio will not outsource their engine like Catherine, but instead use a new internal engine. While this is all very exciting, Hashino did warn that it could be a lengthy wait until Persona 5 is released.

What do you guys/girls think of the new games announced and how long do you think we will have to wait for Persona 5?