Persona Q2 Thieving Our Hearts in the West Later This Summer
It's been a while since the first Persona Q released to the world. It brought with it a new twist on the usual Shin Megami Tensei: Persona formula, introducing a big, fanservice-y mashup of all your favorite Persona characters meeting and fighting together. Since then, an entirely new mainline Persona game released back in 2017: Persona 5. It was only natural that developer Atlus would make the same spinoffs Persona 4 got for an entirely new game. Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth has been out in Japan since late November of last year, giving Japanese fans something to play for the holidays. Now, it's finally time for the West to get their turn at it. Atlus announced the official release date for the US and Europe the other day; expect it later this June.
Persona Q2 has an entirely new cast of characters to work with, and it shows. The game in full combines the rosters of Persona 5, Persona 4, Persona 3, and Persona 3 Portable, making it a crossover game with a couple of dozen characters to enjoy. Even more, if you're counting each and every character's persona. If you played the first Persona Q, you'll have some foresight about how Q2 will play. The first game used gameplay elements heavily inspired by the RPG series 'Etrian Odyssey', with its dungeon-crawling and map-making mechanics. Persona Q2 shifts up the first's formula by adding in Unison battles, where you can get special bonuses by teaming up certain character combinations. Considering its nature as a crossover, the addition seems very fitting.
The dungeons you'll be crawling through in Q2 are heavily inspired by the film industry, with Atlus revealing each dungeon will be themed around different genres of movies and movie-related tropes. It's all presented in Persona 5's stylish and colorful UI design, and the voice acting is Japanese by default with English subtitles (a change-up from the first game). The story is as follows: “The Phantom Thieves are on another adventure as they find themselves trapped within a series of labyrinthine movies, each with its own unique twists and turns themed after various movie genres,” states the official description. “Along the way, you'll encounter other like-minded heroes who possess the will and strength to help you in your journey. But who is this mysterious girl Hikari, and how will everyone escape from this cinematic entanglement that transcends time and space!?” Hikari serves as Q2's own unique new character, similar to Zen and Rei from Q.
Alongside the date reveal, Atlus was keen to spoil us with a couple of different release edition choices to purchase when the game is out in proper. The first option is the default launch edition, sold for the standard price. In a nice surprise, this version comes with a set of character buttons, and it will cost you $39.99. For the collectors, you'll want to gun for the “Showtime” premium edition, which will run you $69.99. This version includes the buttons found in the standard version, but also groups in a 5” plushie of everyone's favorite doggo, a deck of playing cards of each character, an art book, and a collectible outer box packaging. No matter which version you choose, there's something here for every Persona fan out there. Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth will launch exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS on June 4th. It will also hold the honor of being one of the 3DS' last major releases like this as the handheld winds down in these later years.