The clues were there, the games were ready to be announced. But before Atlus could make it official in its own way, the company made a mistake and leaked the trailers on Instagram. These are Persona 5 Tactica and Persona 3 Reload, two titles that were supposed to be announced during the Xbox Games Showcase, or at least that’s what the marketing of the videos that can be seen below these lines suggests.
Persona 5 Tactical is, as the name suggests, a spin-off of the fifth installment in the XCOM style. The developer has opted for a casual graphical style, different from the main installment. Its release is scheduled for November 17 on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC (probably PS4 and PS5).
Persona 3 Reload will be released in early 2024 and will be developed with Unreal Engine 4. We are looking at a revamped version of the classic that will also see the light of day on Xbox Game Pass from day one.
The people behind Persona’s trail
Atlus has made a series of domain registrations that have fueled speculation about the Persona spin-off. Last May, the publisher registered PT5, hinting at an announcement at Summer Game Fest or the Xbox Games Showcase. The background is clear: Before Persona 5 Royal was officially announced, the Japanese company purchased the domain P5R.
The franchise has reached a wider audience thanks to its latest installments. Persona 5 and its extended version - Persona 5 Royal - maintain the foundation of the previous titles, but modernize the combat system without abandoning turn-based combat. As in previous installments, the player controls a mute character who lives in two parallel realities: that of the student, attending classes, making friends, and having fun in the city, and that of the night hero, fighting terrible creatures and unleashing his inner power, the Persona.
In the realm of spin-offs, the fifth installment has enjoyed a sort of Musou, Persona 5 Strikers, as well as a game for mobile devices.
Atlus has re-released Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PC, and Nintendo Switch. In addition, Persona 5 Royal was finally released on all of these platforms.