The first of the Persona 25th anniversary announcements will come in September, as early as the 1st of the month. Which will start a series of 7 announcements, all the way up to Autumn 2022. With the announcements coming as early as tomorrow, I thought it would be interesting to talk about what I think could be announced. In order of what I think is most likely.
-Ports: Some kind of port is almost a guarantee, though exactly what that would entail isn’t certain. It could be something as small one game coming to PC to something as big as all games 1-5 coming to PC, PS5 and Switch (and XBOX too if we’re feeling generous)
–Persona 6: The merchandise announced has some notable blanks (Labeled as secret) , most notably a couple sets with every protagonist, it includes an additional one that has not been shown. Which suggests someone we haven’t met yet. Combine that with the fact that it has been 5 years since Persona 5’s release, and I assume its going to be like 3 and 4 were, where 6 is using 5’s engine, than it’s been longer than expected based on past trends, not to mention Persona 5 was part of the 20th anniversary, I personally feel that the last announcement will at least be a tease of Persona 6.
-A sequel to a previous spin off: Over the years a number of spin offs have been made, Persona Q, Persona Dancing, Persona 4 Arena, Persona 5 Strikers. It’s entirely possible to see sequels to one or more of them. Persona Q3, a Persona 1 Dancing game, a new Persona Arena, Persona 4 Strikers, Etc.
-A new Spin-off Series: A new spin off series could come from this, though what exactly that would look like is anyone’s guess. No one expected a dancing game before they were announced. Personally I’d vote for a poker game with various Persona characters, but it could honestly be anything.
-Remakes: People have been talking about remakes of Persona games for a while, If one of the announcements is a remake, I think it’ll either be Persona 1 or 3. Personally I would vote for Persona 1, because not only would it benefit the most from a remake, given that it’s been 25 years since it was released, and it would help to introduce more people to the origin of the series. I’ve heard more demand for a 3 remake though, so it could be either.
They’ve confirmed there will be at least one collaboration announcement, these kind of announcements are hard to predict, by their very nature, which is why this list is separate from the rest, but I have a couple ideas
Warning: Unmarked spoilers for Persona 4, Persona 5 and Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne.
–Shin Megami Tensei V: SMT 3 famously had guest characters in prevalent story positions. Depending on the version it was Either Capcom’s Dante from the Devil May Cry Series, or Raidou Kuzunoha XIV from ATLUS’s own Devil Summoner series. SMTV could do something similar, and one could easily be a Persona character.
-Fighting game crossover: Given how prevalent guest characters have become in fighting games, its not a stretch to guess a persona guest character in another fighting game could be announced. Something like Yu Narukami in Soulcaliber, or any protagonist in Tekken, or in Netherrealms next upcoming game (Which could easily be announced before the end of the final announcement in august 2022)
–Fortnite skin: Honestly at this rate everything is gonna get a Fortnite skin.
–Dead by Daylight: This is my crackpot, completely wild theory. A Persona Chapter in Dead by Daylight, either Persona 5 with Joker as a survivor, Akechi as a killer and a new map, either Yogen-Jaya or the Depths of Mementos. Or a Persona 4 chapter with Yu as a survivor, Adachi as a killer and a new map of Inaba or The Midnight channel. (it would also be the second video game franchise to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a DBD chapter, after Resident Evil)
We have no idea what exactly will be announced, for all we know im 100% spot on, or way off, only time will tell.