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7 likely game reveals for the Persona 25th anniversary

It’s happening.

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The Persona video game franchise turns 25 in 2021, and its developer is celebrating accordingly by teasing a number of upcoming projects.

For the anniversary, developer Atlus is announcing seven new Persona games between fall 2021 and fall 2022. Here are the most likely — and best — possibilities.

7. Persona 6

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We all love Persona 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. What can be better than 5? 6! Give us Persona 6 and please set it in a small town like Inaba. Tokyo is great, but gaming is oversaturated with Tokyo.

6. Persona 5 Arena

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After Persona 4, Atlus released Persona 4 Arena, a fighting game that provided narrative updates on the Persona 3 cast. Logically, Persona 5 Arena could do the same for Persona 4.

5. Persona 3 remake

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Persona 3 ushered in a new era of Persona games helmed by Katsura Hashino. It’s currently only playable on PS3 or Vita. A full-on remake for modern consoles would be a great way to close out Hashino’s era.

4. Persona 2 remake HD Remaster

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There are two games in the Persona 2 story – Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment. They’re only both available in English if you play the PS1 version. In Japan, a full remake was produced in 2012. That remake needs to be remastered for modern consoles.

3. Persona Dating

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The Persona series has taken quite a bit from dancing and fighting games based on anime, so why not a dating-based visual novel? It could utilize Persona’s socialization mechanics while giving you the chance to date any character from the Persona franchise.

2. Another Crossover game

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions was technically a Shin Megami Tensei game, but there was a lot of Persona DNA in it. Atlus should make another one and base it on Persona.

1. Persona 5 Civil Warriors

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Persona 5 Strikers almost took the Phantom Thieves to the warring states period. Randomly placing the Persona 5 cast in the American Civil War or some other time period and giving it Musou-style gameplay would be a bold way to shake things up.

We’ll hear more about the first of the seven new Persona projects in September.

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