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Persona 5 coming to America in 2015

by Andrew Yoon, shacknews.com, Feb 25, 2014 10:00AM PST

Atlus USA has finally announced a North American release for Persona 5, alongside a variety of spin-offs. The US release will trail the Japanese release by a few months. It'll be available on PS3 in 2015. The announcement shares no new details regarding the JRPG sequel, but an updated English language trailer reveals that the publisher is anticipating an M rating for the game.

In addition to Persona 5, Atlus USA has confirmed localization plans for a number of Persona-related spin-off games. First up is Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. Coming to Nintendo 3DS this fall, this cross-over with Etrian Odyssey brings chibi versions of the characters of Persona 3 and 4 to the gameplay of the Etrian series. It is, as Atlus points out, the first time the Persona franchise will be available on a Nintendo system.

"Trapped in an other-world filled with Shadows, the protagonists from Persona 3 and Persona 4 each have different events to follow, allowing the player to choose and experience two different plotlines. As both groups seek a way out of the labyrinth, they will run in to two new characters, Rei and Zen, who may hold the secret to this new mystery," Atlus details.

Next up is Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, coming to PS3 and Xbox 360 this fall. A follow-up to Persona 4 Arena, the sequel takes place a few days after the P-1 Grand Prix of the first game. "The city of Inaba gets enveloped in a thick red fog and Mitsuru, Akihiko, Fuuka, and Aigis are shown as prisoners on the Midnight Channel. The Investigation Team from Persona 4 and former SEES from Persona 3 must once again fight to their limits in the new P-1 Climax tournament to rescue them and finally uncover the true culprit behind the deadly tournaments," Atlus describes.

Obviously, the sequel will introduce new attacks and characters, including Yukari Takeba and Junpei Iori from Persona 3 and a brand new character, Sho Minazuki.

Finally, Persona 4: Dancing All Night will be available on Vita in 2015. Developed by Dingo Inc, the company behind the Hatsune Miku series, Dancing All Night follows Persona 4's Rise return to Inaba as an idol. "After hearing rumors about the Midnight Stage, she checks a certain website at midnight and sees a mysterious movie clip and, you guessed it, winds up on the "other side." Worse yet, she finds out her junior idol peers from the group Kanamin Kitchen are missing as well. She has no choice but to send an SOS to the Investigation Team to help rescue the missing idols."

It's coming to Vita because producer Katsura Hashino wants to thank all the Vita owners that bought Golden. "We wanted to give them another Persona game they could enjoy on that platform," he said.

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