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6:30 PM on 03.11.2014

Meet Torri of Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars

About a month from now, the West will be graced with their first introduction to the quirky Conception series with Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars by Spike Chunsoft. Here we have a video highlighting one of the he...

Dae Lee

1:00 PM on 03.04.2014

Have some Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for your face

Thanks to the folks over at Famitsu, we've got two new videos of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. Coming from the All-Japan Strongest Tag Championship, the videos showcase bouts between Chie/Akihiko and Mitsuru/Teddie. Hit the jump ...

Pedro Cortes

9:00 AM on 03.01.2014

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth details

We're all very excited for the new Persona game. We've been keeping you updated with trailers, character videos, and lots more here on Japanator. But a lot of questions need to be answered about this fantastic game, and good ...

Amber Hunt



Persona 5 and others announced for NA photo
Persona 5 and others announced for NA
by Elliot Gay

Atlus has gone and done it.

In one fell swoop, they went and announced that Persona 5 (PS3), Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS), Persona 4: Dancing all Night (Vita), and  Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3/360) will all be getting English language releases in North America. None of this is particularly surprising, but I know a whole lot of people have been waiting for this news. Are you happy now?

Good.

Persona 5 and Dancing All Night are currently scheduled to cross the ocean sometime in 2015,while Persona Q and Arena Ultimax will be hitting this fall. Some of these dates are a little bit far out, but I don't think anyone was expecting all of these games to hit in 2014.

For those of you not in the know, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is a crossover featuring the cast of both P3 and P4, done up in the style of Atlus' Etrian Odyssey games. Dungeon exploring, first person battles, and a huge pool of playable characters are the order of the day here. Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a rhythm game in which Narukami, the protagonist of P4, dances to some chill beats in order to fell some Shadows. It's being co-developed by Dingo, the developers of the first Hatsune Miku Project Diva game. Persona 4 Arena Climax is the sequel to Arena, a 2D fighting game designed by Arc System Works. 

Last but certainly not least is Persona 5, the big one. Details are still thin, but its comforting to see Atlus finally talking about it out in the open.

Atlus sent us a whole bunch of screenshots and trailers for the games, so feel free to check those out below and bask in all the glory.

Time to get hype!

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3:00 PM on 02.22.2014

Atlus wants to deepen their bond with you

Persona 5 was recently announced, and fans are absolutely ecstatic. Who isn't? Well shortly after the game was announced, Atlus held a talk show. Mafia Kajita, a freelance writer, and Tomomi Isomura, a voice actress...

Amber Hunt

3:30 PM on 02.21.2014

New Persona Q trailer gets English subs

Ok Atlus. I'm as hyped for Persona Q as much as the next person, but this onslaught of new media needs to stop. By which I mean it needs to continue every week until the game's release. Ok? Thanks. New Persona Q trailers hit...

Elliot Gay

11:00 AM on 02.21.2014

More glorious Persona Q details emerge

I'm riding the hype train for Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS), and it doesn't look like I'll be getting off any time soon. New details have surfaced from this week's issue of Famitsu, revealing that all party members...

Elliot Gay



Impressions: Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth photo
Impressions: Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth
by Elliot Gay

To say that Persona 3 changed the RPG landscape in significant ways is no overstatement.

Atlus' PS2 RPG arrived late in the life cycle of the console, yet miraculously managed to find dedicated audiences on both sides of the Pacific. It paved the way for its successor, Persona 4, and a sizable amount of other games that would take cues from its odd combination of school life simulation and dungeon crawling fun.

Persona 4 would go on to get various spin off projects, including a full TV series, various novels, and even sequels via the Arena fighting games. Persona 3 on the other hand seemed destined to play second fiddle to its sibling.

That's all geared to change with the release of Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth; the first in a series of films set to adapt the entirety of P3, Spring of Birth faces the difficult hurdle of trying to fit hours upon hours of material into a 90-minute block.

Spring of Birth follows Makoto Yuki, an orphaned high school student who moves to Tatsumi Port Island for school. Aloof and alone, he arrives at his new dorm in the middle of the night, surrounded by coffins and strange Shadow creatures prowling about. Here he meets his fellow dorm mates, members of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad, S.E.E.S.. They wield the power to summon Personas, powerful beings that represent their inner selves. S.E.E.S. has but one goal: to rid the world of the Shadows.

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2:29 AM on 02.14.2014

Aigis and Teddie get their own Persona Q trailers

I'm unreasonably hyped for Atlus' upcoming Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth for the Nintendo 3DS. I love me some Etrian Odyssey, and I also adore the Persona games, so this seems like a pretty great marriage of concepts as...

Elliot Gay

11:00 AM on 02.08.2014

More and more Persona Q characters are announced

I hope you're all up to date with the character videos Atlus has been giving us for their new game, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. A few weeks ago I wrote about some characters that can be seen in the game! So far, Mit...

Amber Hunt

8:00 PM on 01.30.2014

Atlus publishing Conception II in Europe as digital-only

This probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but Atlus has officially announced that they'll be publishing Conception II in Europe as a digital-only title, skipping retail. I suppose that isn't so bad, but it might be ...

Tim Sheehy





4:00 PM on 01.24.2014

More Persona Q character videos

Last week I showed you two videos on Atlus' new game, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. Those new videos let us know that Persona 4 characters, Mitsuru and Yosuke will be in the game! Well recently, two new characters wer...

Amber Hunt