You thought the Persona hype was over just yet? Atlus is setting out to prove that wrong. This past May saw the release of Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night in Japan, bringing the rhythm-game dancing fun from Persona 4: Dancing All Night to new characters. Those two games haven't released in the West just yet, but they are set for a release window of 2019. Meanwhile, Atlus also revealed earlier last year that Persona Q2 was currently in development, something a lot of fans have been waiting to see more about since. These past couple of days, the company has opened the curtain on Q2, providing a new trailer, details, and a release date for Japan. Oh, and also a title shift. The full title of the game is Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth.
Persona Q2 is a sequel to 2014's Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, a game that served as basically the ultimate Persona fanservice game. It saw the cast of main characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4 interacting together (in chibi form), each side with their own story as they worked their way through a gigantic labyrinth. The gameplay of these games is similar to Etrian Odyssey, drawing direct inspiration from that series and fusing it together with Persona elements. The combat is largely similar to what you know from Persona; targeting enemy weak points and going all out. Dungeon crawling has players interacting by drawing a map as they explore, marking things as needed to fill the entire map out. Persona Q2 looks to bring more of these gameplay elements, though possibly with some new twists.
What little we do know about Persona Q2 was revealed in the new trailer. As everyone likely expected, the game sees the introduction of the Persona 5 main cast. The Persona 3 and 4 casts both are included as well, making the entire cast of characters in total this time around rather gigantic. In a refreshing twist, Atlus is including the female protagonist from Persona 3 Portable this time around. Considering how she was nowhere to be seen in the first Persona Q, fans will be pretty pleased with this change. Other gameplay details aren't known at this time, but considering how Persona Q worked, Q2 will likely feature three branching storylines for each of the three main casts. The new images and artwork imply the same thing.
Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth is set for a release of November 29th, 2018 for Japan. It will be available exclusively on Nintendo 3DS. Just like with the dancing games, no Western release date is known at this time. Considering that Dancing Moon Night and Dancing Star Night have been farther along in development than Q2, we can likely expect Q2 sometime in 2019 as well after those. In the meantime, all we can do is enjoy the adorable screenshots and artwork in our long wait for the game. You can view the new trailer below, which is only in Japanese at this time. The same thing goes for the official website, which still has a lot of cool images to feast your eyes on! Since we have a little while to go still till 2019, perhaps now's the time to start a new game plus on Persona 5.