A leaker that previously revealed Atlus is working on a remake of Persona 3 reconfirms the game's development. What's next for the Persona franchise has been a mystery since the release of Persona 5 Royal in 2019, as Atlus has lingered on the RPG, bringing it to PC, PS5, Switch, and Xbox consoles in 2022. With that behind it, Atlus seems primed to move onto the next major Persona release. Yet it might not be Persona 6 at all, but rather another opportunity for Persona 3.
The release of Persona 3 started what many could say is the origin of the Persona franchise's current momentum. While the original Persona 3 release on PlayStation 2 performed poorly next to the first and second Persona games, its remakes, Persona 3 FES and Persona 3 Portable, both elevated the release significantly. Those releases helped built a larger western audience, which has led to franchise growth for Persona 4, Persona 5, and many additional spin-off releases.
Atlus confirmed early New Year's Day morning that it has significant plans for 2023. These plans will start with the previously announced ports of Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden, remastered for modern platforms. However, Atlus also confirmed that several "unreleased new titles" are being prepared, though no specific names or clues were provided. This has since prompted a larger conversation within the Persona fandom.
あけましておめでとうございます。2023年もアトラスをご愛顧の程お願い申し上げます。皆様が平和と健康と幸福で満たされますように。 pic.twitter.com/sRwwE3d35O— アトラス公式アカウント (@Atlus_jp) December 31, 2022
On ResetEra, fans have been speculating what Persona announcements could be forthcoming from Atlus in 2023. One user brought up a longstanding rumor regarding a Persona 3 remake, questioning if it was still happening with Atlus now re-releasing Persona 3 Portable. This prompted a response from insider lolilolailo, who previously leaked the news of Persona coming to Xbox Game Pass in 2022. According to lolilolailo, the Persona 3 remake "is real" still.
A follow-up comment asking why Atlus would re-release Persona 3 Portable if a remake was in development also received an answer. lolilolailo explained, quite simply, "It's Atlus." More specifically, they say an updated Persona 3 Portable release will bring the "whole" Persona saga to new consoles. Atlus can capitalize on the original game, and then on the remake with its Persona 5-like graphics and quality-of-life improvements later.
To be clear, lolilolailo never says that the Persona 3 remake is one of Atlus' planned announcements for 2023. It's entirely possible the remake, if it does exist, will launch much later. That would give the Persona 3 Portable re-launch plenty of time to breathe. Without an official confirmation from Atlus, though, Persona fans will just have to wait and see what Atlus has planned next for the increasingly popular RPG franchise.
Persona 3 Portable releases January 19 on PC, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
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