Atlus has unlocked the Velvet Room and sent us to JRPG heaven as it confirmed the North America releases of Persona 5, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax and Persona 4: Dancing All Night.
In this teaser trailer for Persona 5, all we know is that this will be the true continuation of the Persona franchise. While all of these spin-off titles are each amazing in their own right, we're glad to see that Altus is still moving forward with its flagship series. Unfortunately, all the trailer really shows are a few chairs with a ball-and-chain attached to each one while the video's text flashes on the screen indicating that Persona 5 will be hitting the PlayStation 3 in 2015.
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is a crossover that bridges together the gameplay mechanics of Etrian Odyssey while featuring some of our favorite characters and settings from both Persona 3 and 4. What is even more shocking about Persona Q is that it will be coming out in Fall 2014 for the Nintendo 3DS, which is the first time a Persona title will ever be featured on a Nintendo system.
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is the sequel to the fighting game, Persona 4 Arena. When the city of Inaba gets enveloped in a thick, red fog (which could refer back to the Persona 5 teaser trailer as well as the first Arena title), the Investigation Team from Persona 4 and the SEES from Persona 3 are going to be street fighting their way to solve this scarlet problem. Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will be hitting the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in the Fall of 2014.
Persona 4: Dancing All Night brings dancing and even more awesome music to the Velvet Room. Only this time, the Shadows on the Midnight Stage can't be fought through conventional means -- they must be fought with dancing. Given the Persona series' history of phenomenal soundtracks, we expect only the best from Dancing All Night. The Investigation Team must mambo their way through 30 songs in this new, rhythm-based action title. Dancing All Night will be hitting the PlayStation Vita sometime in 2015.