What I want from Atlus, as someone who has spent 70% of the past 4 years thinking about Persona 5

Hey, Gamers! So I thought, since so many people are disappointed with how the 25th anniversary of Persona is being handled, that I would share my thoughts on what I would like from Atlus, if they were to pull things around and make fans happy. I know these things are probably unrealistic, and not everyone is going to agree but since this is my blog I thought I should share my thoughts somewhere.

For reference, Persona 5 was my main special interest for about 3 years. I’ve written a lot about it on my blog and I felt like it was ‘my thing’ for the longest time. I’ve tried playing older games (specifically Persona 3 FES) and spin offs (my copy of Q2 was Japanese so I can’t play it due to the region lock). I don’t have a lot of experience, and that is the main focus of most of this post because a lot of the games are inaccessible for a lot of people and I want to change that.

The main thing I want is a Persona 3 FES Remake. I’ve played bits of FES and Portable and I was enjoying FES until the controls became so annoying that I haven’t gone back to it (I was having a bad day and recognise it would probably be alright now but it’s an old game, guys). I’m fine with old games, but since they’ve made dancing games for 3 and 4 that are accessible on newer consoles, I don’t see why they can’t just remake Persona 3. That being said, I would honestly be okay with just a port. I only have access to Persona 3 FES because we have a PS3, which a lot of people don’t have so the only way they can really experience it is illegally. Fans do not want to do that, but if there’s no legal option for them, they’re going to look elsewhere. They clearly have the models for it, because Makoto and a bunch of personas from 3 are in Persona 5 Royal. But at the very least, a port would be nice.

Speaking of ports, let’s talk Persona 4 Golden. This game- the lack of a port for this game genuinely makes me angry. There’s now a fighting game and a dancing game on the PS4… spin-offs of a game that isn’t on that console. You see why it makes me mad, right? I don’t think I’m being irrational about this. They’ve shown that they have the ability to port it because it’s on PC. Why not just port it to PS4? Just a port, no changes. It just doesn’t make sense that they’re making new games based on a game that the majority of people who like the series cannot play it (this is based on the assumption that those who like the series have PlayStation 4, because the latest additions to the series have been on said console). It just doesn’t make sense that this isn’t already a thing.

Another thing I would like (and I know people are tired of Persona 5 but I’m not and it’s okay if you disagree) is Persona 5 being converted to other medias. For example, a novel. I really think that would be super cool. Maybe even a movie, since they have made movies of Persona games previously and Persona 5 was successful enough but most people don’t like the anime. I don’t think I want another Persona 5 game. I wouldn’t object to it, but I don’t feel like it’s necessary. Maybe a DLC would be nice, but that’s pushing it. Even if there was a huge DLC to add characters from Royal into Strikers, I just… feel like that’s unlikely considering the game is over a year old at this point. But yeah, I would totally love a movie or a book or something (I know there’s manga, but novels are paced differently and I prefer that).

Again, most of this stuff is unlikely to happen and I know that.

Lastly, let’s talk about Persona 6. I think we all expect it to be announced by the end of the year. I’m not convinced anymore. Every surprise announcement so far has been a let-down, and I doubt that they’re going to whip out Persona 6 at the end of it. I do feel bad at this point, because if they do announce Persona 6, there’s always going to be people who aren’t happy. I feel like whatever Atlus does right now, there’s always going to be someone with something negative to say. I hate contributing to that, and for the most part I don’t. I think the only thing I’ve previously been vocal about is the Persona 4 Golden situation because it makes me frustrated. But Persona 6 is going to be no different, I think. People aren’t going to want a new Persona game, they want new versions of old Persona games. And then when those old games don’t have the same values and morals that today’s society has, people are going to be mad about that. Personally, I would like Persona 6. I’d probably play it; I don’t think I’ll be attached to it the same way I’m attached to Persona 5 but that remains to be seen. I think it would be cool if they did something new.

So, that’s it for this post, Gamers! Do you have something you want from Atlus? Do you agree or disagree with what I want? Let me know in the comments below. Check out my socials to keep updated, and check out 2nerds_1game on Twitch to see Josh and I stream. See you next post!  

EDIT UPDATE: Uh, I feel a little stupid posting this post now. For those who don’t know, we’re getting a PS5 port of Persona 5 Royal (unsure if this means an upgrade or just a port) as well as a port to PC and Xbox. Eventually, Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden will also be ported to these consoles, but we don’t have a release date yet. The fact that it’s Persona 3 Portable and not Persona 3 FES being ported is making me hopeful for a remake. I still wanted to post this post because there’s still things that Atlus haven’t revealed that I still want.

Published by eleanorreeswriting

Hi, I am an autistic gamer in my 20's who loves to share my experiences and thoughts about games, characters and everything about gaming.

2 thoughts on “What I want from Atlus, as someone who has spent 70% of the past 4 years thinking about Persona 5

  1. This is an old cycle I remember from the P4 to P5 days: 4 was being milked dry, and we had to wait for ages to get 5. The fact that it’s been six years since the base version of 5 came out doesn’t even feel strange when you put it that way. By contrast, my new favorite JRPG-making studio Gust puts out a new Atelier game every year or two, and though they’re not as big or impressive, they have a lot of heart and are fun to play.

    I do feel like I’ve fallen out somewhat with Atlus in general. Not because the games got any worse — I really liked Persona 5, and Royal is still on my PS4 waiting to be finished. But I got Persona fatigue or something. I don’t have much time for extremely long JRPGs anymore, in any case, so I’m out of this discussion. I do hope Persona 6 gets announced soon though.

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    1. Thank you for your comment! I agree with you! In terms of Persona, this is pretty normal. Looking at other series by Atlus, SMT had to wait… a very long time for 5 aha.
      Right now, it feels like Atlus is putting on an act. They’re pretending to listen to fans by doing surveys, being active on socials etc… and then not giving fans what they actually want despite it being easier for Atlus to do so. As a company, they’ve lost a lot of my respect which sucks because I was very much a “I have to try every game they’ve ever made” kind of fan.
      In terms of not having time for super long JRPGs anymore, I feel that too! It sucks when you only have a small amount of time and the time you do spend on games seems to be going nowhere. I think that’s why Pokemon has taken over P5 as my favourite thing.

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