If you have read, seen, or listened to anything I’ve made in 2016 prior to this, you know exactly what it is I’m living everyday of my life for this year:
It’s hard to believe for many, but Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 is approaching 8 years old. It’ll be learning long division and cursive any day now. Since 2008, the Persona franchise has exploded. I’m talking multiple animations, movies, re-releases, and multiple spinoffs starring the casts of P3 and P4. What the world hasn’t gotten, however, is a new mainline, numbered entry in the series. That changes this summer. (Hopefully.)
To say I’m excited for Persona 5 would be like saying the surface of the sun is kinda warm or that Bryan Danielson was a solid wrestler. It doesn’t even begin to describe the levels of hype that are so high, a full powered locomotive can barely contain them.
To commemorate this year, I’m doing two things. For one, I’m spreading the word about this game as much as I can. I love Persona, but as much as it’s grown recently, P5 is still taking a backseat in the industry compared to other titles releasing this year such as Uncharted 4, The Legend of Zelda, and P5’s greatest rival, Final Fantasy XV. Every PlayStation 3 and 4 owner would be doing themselves a disservice to not try the next entry from one of the most brilliant directors I’ve ever encountered: Katsura Hashino.
The next thing I’m doing is playing through every title dating back to Persona 3 on YouTube; including spinoffs. Well, except for Persona Q, because that would be too expensive to get the equipment to record. As of now, P3 is entering its final stages and P4 will begin on April 11th – the exact date Yu Narukami arrived in Inaba in 2011. P4 Arena, Arena Ultimax, and Dancing All Night will follow shortly after.
As things currently stand, we still don’t know anything more about P5 since the Tokyo Gaming Show in September. Tentatively, release is slated as “Summer 2016” in Japan with ATLUS USA last commenting that we will see localization simply in “2016.” However, February 23rd will mark the next issue of the Persona Official Magazine and a new interview with Hashino. Another trailer and release information may be just around the corner.
Until then, all we can do is sit back and wait in anticipation.