Atlus recently appeared at the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase 2022 and made an announcement regarding the Persona series, but it may not have been the news some fans were hoping for. Starting on October 21, 2022, the Persona series is coming to Xbox and Windows PC, bringing over hit titles such as Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 5 Royal. To sweeten the deal even further, all of these titles will be playable on Xbox Game Pass when they release.
Persona 5 Royale will lead the charge as it will be the first of the three titles that will be playable on Xbox. As it currently stands, there is no confirmed release date for when the other two games will reach the console. Out of all the ports. Persona 3 Portable being multiplatform is the most unique, as the last system it appeared on was the PlayStation Portable in 2009.
With Atlus being mentioned at the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase 2022, some fans may have had their hopes up as rumors of Persona 6 have made their rounds around the web. Recently, the series had its 25th anniversary and the only game announcement that has been made thus far since then has been the re-release of the fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. On top of that, the only thing Atlus has done was release new Persona-related merchandise for the fanbase to purchase.
Atlus Is Figuring Out The Next Steps For The Persona Series
When it comes to the treatment of the franchise, some fans feel as though Atlus doesn’t know what to do with Persona. A majority of the announcements that have been made regarding the series have had nothing to do with mainline titles and focused mainly on merchandising aspects and promotions. For three of the mainline games to gradually make their way towards Xbox consoles and Windows PC, Atlus is taking a step in the right direction in giving their player base exactly what they want.
For the past year now, a bunch of JRPG titles have been reaching Xbox consoles. Series such as Dragon Quest, Yakuza, and Final Fantasy have all made appearances on Xbox Game Pass. Even the murder mystery franchise Danganronpa, which has been on PlayStation consoles for years, has come to the subscription service.
Persona Has Been A PlayStation Exclusive For Years
In regards to the series itself and its exclusivity, many of the Persona games have been sealed away on various PlayStation platforms. However, the series’ action spinoff title Persona 5 Strikers came out in 2021 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC. There has been no other case where a mainline game has been released on other systems.
The big Persona announcement also has a unique aspect attached to it. Due to the fact that The two updated ports of Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden haven’t an appearance on a Microsoft console, some may consider it to be odd that it’s arriving in the first place. Up until now, Portable was only playable on the PSP, and Persona 4 Golden was only released for the PS Vita, which has now also been released on Steam for two years.
Nintendo Switch Players Are Still Waiting For A Persona 5 Port
To add on even further, it’s even more surprising that the hit JRPG Persona 5 Royal is coming to Xbox before Nintendo Switch since the main protagonist Joker is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This has led many fans to speculate that a mainline port was in the works. Even so, no announcement has been made by Atlus stating whether or not any of the three games would be making an appearance on Nintendo Switch Consoles.
Following the initial announcement, Atlus also released a press release to Eurogamer stating that Persona 3, 4, and 5 are also coming to PlayStation 5 and Steam, as well as the previously announced Xbox and Windows Game Store ports. Many Nintendo Switch players find this news upsetting as it doesn’t address a possible Switch port release. As it currently stands, the action title Persona 5 Strikers remains to be the only Persona game ported to the Nintendo Switch.
The Persona Series Is A Widely Popular Franchise
While no release has been given for the Steam and PS5 ports of the games, fans can only speculate that it will release around the same timeframe as Persona 5 Royale drops on Xbox Game Pass in late October of this year. There’s also is the possibility that they could be timed exclusives. The quality of the Xbox Game Pass library itself JRPG-wise has just been raised tremendously following the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase 2022 event. Persona 3, 4, and 5 are all widely popular games in the franchise and are all considered to be highly rated JRPG titles.
Persona 5 Royale was considered to be one of the best games released in 2020 on Metacritic. Persona 5‘s original 2017 release currently sits at a 93 on the review aggregator, while the updated Royale version has a rating of 95. Considering how many games are going to be released on Xbox Game Pass following the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase 2022, it definitely sits at the top of being one of the most anticipated titles.
There’s Still A Possibility For Persona 6
When it comes to a game like Persona 5 Royale, Atlus is able to capture the charm not only with the turn-based combat mechanics, the in-depth companion system, and character development, but also by being able to tell one of the best stories in the Persona series. What Royale adds to the title is a new epilogue that proves to be very lengthy, along with a new villain. Persona 5 Royale will require players to sink around 100 hours into the title, but it proves itself to be a very worthwhile experience in general.
After the Xbox & Bethesda Showcase 2022, what’s the next step for Atlus is still a mystery to Persona fans. As it stands the series has been revived for the time being, however, the feeling may not last forever. Whether it’d be more merch or remastered versions of the older titles, people are still holding on for an announcement for Persona 6.
Persona 6’s story has the potential to be something even greater than its past titles. Before that even happens, Nintendo Switch users are still holding out for a mainline port for the system. One thing for sure is that Atlus has a few decisions to make if they aim to satisfy all of their fans.
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