I know, this doesn’t sound like “real” news. Yes, the headline for this tidbit of news is basically “company making a sequel to a game that sold a lot,” but while this announcement isn’t exactly a revelation, it should make Persona’s legions of fans very happy.
Speaking in an interview with Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Persona series produced Katsuhara Hashino confirmed that the Persona team has indeed started work on Persona 5, and that acclaimed character designed Shigenori Soejima has already started sketching out new art for the game.
Sure, there’s no shortage of Persona spin-offs lately: we just got the puzzle-adventure hybrid Catherine last year, the excellent Persona 4: Arena fighting game just came out in the US yesterday, and thanks to a series of anime series’ and movies, the Persona series is arguably more popular now than the main Shin Megami Tensei series which it was originally spun-off of… but it’s been four long years since the last “real” new Persona RPG came out, and the return of the series is long overdue. I was a huge fan of P4 (I’d even consider it one of my favorite J-RPG’s ever, alongside Chrono Trigger and FF6,) and I can’t wait to see what the (hopefully) next-gen Persona looks like.