Persona 5 Royal will be released soon, but fans of the series are clamoring for the return of another Persona title.
Persona 5 Royal will be released soon, but fans of the series are clamoring for the return of another Persona title, as a new Twitter account is petitioning Atlus to remake Persona 3 for modern systems.
The first two (technically three) games in the Persona series were closely connected to the Shin Megami Tensei series in terms of gameplay and style. It wasn’t until Persona 3 that the formula for the series was set, with a group of teenagers forced to balance their school lives with saving the world, while also adhering to a strict schedule. Persona 3 helped the series earn a cult fanbase in the west, which blossomed into mainstream attention with the release of Persona 5.
As of the time of writing, there is no legal way to play Persona 3 or Persona 4 on modern systems. There are some fans who want this to change, as the Persona 3 Remake Status Twitter page is gathering followers from around the world in order to petition Atlus to remake (or at least remaster) the game. The account started a flurry of activity on January 31, which is a significant date for Persona 3 fans, as it’s the final in-game day in which the player can act before the ending.
Atlus has occasionally remade or remastered its older titles, as was the case with the Nintendo 3DS version of Soul Hackers, but there are many Shin Megami Tensei and Persona games on the PlayStation 2 that were last released on the PlayStation 3, through the PlayStation Store. A multi-platform remaster of Persona 3 (and Persona 4) seems like it would print money for Atlus, following the attention gathered to the franchise through Persona 5, but Atlus seems content to include the characters in crossover games while keeping the actual older Persona games locked on antiquated systems.
Persona 3 has its flaws, but it’s still an excellent title that made lifelong fans of the series around the world. The Persona fanbase keeps on growing, and Atlus needs to capitalize on the attention by at least making the older games available on modern systems, as well as possibly remaking them to the same standard as Persona 5.