An insider reconfirms a leak they’d previously shared, stating that a remake of Persona 3 is still in development at Atlus.
A leaker that previously revealed Atlus is working on a remake of Personas 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 Personas 3.
The release of Personas 3 started what many could say is the origin of the Persona franchise’s current momentum. While the original Personas 3 release on PlayStation 2 performed poorly next to the first and second Persona games, its remakes, Persona 3 FES spirit Persona 3 Portable, both elevated the release significantly. Those releases helped build a larger western audience, which has led to franchise growth for Personas 4, Personas 5and 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 spirit Persona 4 Golden, remastered for modern platforms. However, Atlus also confirmed that several “unreleased new titles” are being prepared, although no specific names or clues were provided. This has since prompted a larger conversation within the Persona fandom.
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 Personas 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 Personas 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 two new consoles. Atlus can capitalize on the original game, and then on the remake with its Personas 5-like graphics and quality-of-life improvements later.
To be clear, lolilolailo never says that the Personas 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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Source: ResetEra [1, 2]