The milking of the Persona brand continues! After two fighting game spin-offs, a dancing spin-off, a chibi dungeon-crawling spin-off, and a few remasters, there might be another spin-off starting development soon. Recently, Persona 4 Dancing All Night (or P4D) released in Japan. During the launch stream for the game, the director/producer of it, Kazuhisa Wada, admitted that there is a chance of a follow up with the cast of Persona 3. When asked about the possibility of another spin off, Wada responded:
“We are looking into the possibility of a ‘Persona 3 Dancing’ game and, if Persona 4: Dancing All Night sells well, we will consider it.”
Persona games normally sell pretty well, so don’t be surprised if there’s an official announcement at some point in the near future. The real question is if this potential Persona 3 Dancing game will come to the Playstation Vita. Sony confirmed at E3 that there are no longer AAA games being developed for the Vita, thus hammering the nail into it’s coffin.
However, even though the Vita hasn’t sold well, the people who do own Vita’s (myself include) buy games like there’s no tomorrow. The attach rate of games on Vita is impeccable, and any other console would die to have that level of attach rate. Also, when Persona 4 Golden came out on Vita, not only did it sell well, it increased the sales of the Vita by 150%. Perhaps Dancing All Night can also boost Vita sales and reinvigorate more developers to want to make AAA games for it.
Persona 4: Dancing All Night releases exclusively on the Playstation Vita in North America on September 29th.
Update: Persona 4 has been officially announced for the PS3. It will arrive April 8th for $9.99 as a PS2 classic.
The official ESRB website has spilled the beans on Shin Megami Tensei:Persona 4 coming to the PS3, botching any potential reveal Atlus had planned.
The manner of the release is as of yet unknown, but I am hoping that they are planning a port of Persona 4 Golden to hype up the upcoming, highly anticipated Persona 5.
The ESRB states:
This is a role-playing game in which players control a high school student who enters a mystical ‘TV World, ‘ saves lost souls who are trapped on the ‘Midnight Channel,’ and establishes bonds with town characters in order to develop ‘Personas.’ Personas, which are summoned through the use of tarot cards, are creatures that can perform special offensive and defensive moves to aid during battles against monsters. Combat is turn-based with numeric values and light effects indicating attack/damage inflicted. Pixilated blood spray is briefly depicted during battles, and colored bloodstains stain some walls and floors. […] Story elements also make references to alcohol, including a long scene in which the main characters hang out in a club and play ‘drinking games.’ Although alcohol is never consumed, the characters display the telltale signs of intoxication: slurred speech, staggered walking, and red faces. Profanity can be heard in the dialogue.
As someone who is currently playing through Persona 4 Golden on the PS Vita, I can say that the Persona franchise is one of the most engaging RPG series I’ve had the pleasure of playing, and I would not hesitate to get a copy on the PS3 if it is in fact P4G.