Atlus and Sega have teased a snippet of what is to come in the imminent Persona 5 R project. The brief video showcases the Persona 5 logo and the text “2019.3” across the many screens in Tokyo’s Shibuya district.
Surprisingly enough, the actual words “Persona 5 R” aren’t shown throughout the entire teaser and the content seems to lead towards the announcement of “new projects”, plural. However, an official website at P5R.jp is provided, confirming the official name of at least one of these potential titles. For now, everyone will need to wait until March 2019 to see what is next for the Persona franchise.
Persona 5 is a Japanese role-playing game set in modern-day Tokyo, following protagonist Joker and a group of allies and foes. After his transfer to Shujin Academy following a false assault accusation, he and others encounter their Persona abilities. Discovering new powers introduces new challenges and threats that the player helps Joker defeat. The game released to incredible reception back in 2017.
Fans and critics alike are speculating that the Persona 5 R project will be a Switch port/remaster of the incredibly popular original for the PlayStation 4. After the shock announcement of Joker joining the cast of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch, the rumours aren’t entirely abstract. After all, Nintendo, Sega, and PlayStation have a working history with Sonic and Solid Snake franchises, respectively. Who is to say a port to the Switch won’t happen?
On the other hand, this teaser opens with the PlayStation logo, meaning the project is most likely based on the platform and not Nintendo’s. Despite this evidence, it’s purely a reasoned assumption and stranger things have happened in the past. With multiple projects in the pipeline for the Persona franchise, a Nintendo Switch port and a PlayStation 4 remaster could both be in play.
Previous games from the series have also had re-releases. Persona 3 FES and Persona 4 Golden both introduced new content, gave the games a well-needed overhaul, and breathed new life into already loved titles. Persona 3 FES’s playable epilogue and Persona 4 Golden PlayStation Vita port along with various additions to the story all proved successful. It isn’t going to be a surprise if this March 2019 announcement reveals something similar for the fifth (chronological) entry.