In the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu, an interview was conducted with Shinji Yamamoto, Kazuhisa Wada, and Soejima Shigenori about the Persona franchise. The following responses are what we have to be significant enough to share.
Our team’s Ryuji translated the following exchange:
Interviewer: You recently announced that both Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden’s remasters would be coming to modern platforms next year. Am I right in assuming that the huge success of Persona 4 Golden on Steam was one of the key reasons for that?
Kazuhisa Wada: You could say that, yes. Persona 5 Royal was also very-well received overseas, and we got to work on making sure we could get the games on as many platforms as possible.
NOTE: The reason Japan calls it a “Remastered Version” is because changes had to be made to fit each console’s spec, so that, in Wada’s words, “the game can run well, regardless of what console you get it on”
Persona Central translated the following exchange:
Shinji Yamamoto (Atlus producer on P5R Remaster): “We’ve made some very detailed adjustments. We optimized the number of the pieces of debris that blow away for each model. Elements like effects, number of projectiles, etc.
Sega was in charge of the development of the remaster (not just matching the resolution to the console). It was a very meaningful project. Multi-platform development isn’t easy. This was my fist porting project, and I didn’t realize how hard it would be.”
In the past, Atlus has used external help when it has come to ports of their titles. Catherine Classic was a PC port that Sega Europe mainly handled, Catherine: Full Body for Nintendo Switch was Technical Arts, , Soul Hackers 2 was Artdink Corporation. The exception to this was the Steam port of Persona 4 Golden which was lead internally, however there was still help from Preapp Partners.
We will update this article with further notable information.
New art was also unveiled, viewable below:
Persona 5 Royal is releasing for PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Gam,e Pass, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Windows and Steam on October 21, 2022. There is no planned upgrade path to PlayStation 5 for PlayStation 4 users.
Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden are launching for modern platforms on January 13, 2023. The former is not available on any contemporary platforms, while the latter is currently only available on PC via Steam.
Persona 3 Portable is a PSP remake of the original Persona 3 and its director’s cut, FES, though with compromises. Aside from visual downgrades and a lack of 3D exploration in town, animated cutscenes and The Answer epilogue are not included. However, new challenge bosses were added alongside an option to play as a female protagonist, which completely changes every Social Link.
Persona 4 Golden is an enhanced version of the original Persona 4, originally only available on PlayStation Vita. It added a new significant character, dungeon, story events, and much more.
In case you missed it, check out our review for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax.
This title takes place after the ending of the original Persona 4, featuring elements from Persona 4 Golden, such as the character Marie. This game is a 2D fighter developed by Arc System Works, most prominently known for Blazblue and the recently released Guilty Gear Strive. Rollback netcode has arrived on PlayStation 4 and PC as well.
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