Persona 5 In Development, Exclusive To PlayStation 3?
If you're not familiar with the Shin Megami Tensei franchise, you're no role-playing fan. But if you'd like to become more informed, check out our reviews for Persona 3, Persona 4, and Devil Summoner 2. ...pretty impressive efforts, eh?
Given that evidence alone, you should be excited to learn that the next SMT installment - Persona 5 - is in the works and may end up being exclusive to the PlayStation 3. It would be the first such entry in the series on the PS3, and it shouldn't be all that surprising, considering that all previous installments have been exclusive to PlayStation platforms. The evidence comes from a pachinko industry publication that said "a consumer announcement of PS3 exclusive Persona 5 is scheduled." Sankaku Complex questions the validity of the rumor, but mentions the franchise's loyalty to PlayStation and the fact that we have yet to see a true next-gen Persona. Typically, Atlus isn't so enamored with leaping directly into a new generation, and if you hadn't noticed, they've fared rather well with some PS2 RPGs over the past few years. But they'll have to make the jump sooner or later so it should come as no surprise that they're currently prepping, and if the game isn't exclusive to the PS3...well, it'd be weird. We seriously doubt any Xbox 360 loyalist has ever heard of the series in question but then again, Namco made Beautiful Katamari exclusive to the 360 after two consecutive PS2-exclusive releases, so who knows what might happen?
Anyway, we'll let you know if Persona 5 for the PS3 receives an official confirmation in the near future. You can bet that if it does, RPG fans everywhere will be sporting ear-to-ear smiles.
7/19/2009 Ben Dutka