During the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase 2022 showcase, developer Atlus dropped a major surprise. Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 5 Royal are all coming Xbox consoles and PC. All three games will also be available via Xbox Game Pass. These games are genre-defining JRPGs that combine social sim elements, dungeon crawling, turn-based RPG combat, and deep and affecting stories.
All Persona games were first PlayStation exclusives — P3P was a PlayStation Portable exclusive, P4G was only playable on PlayStation Vita until it got a PC port in 2020, and P5R was a PlayStation 4 exclusive. Persona 5 Royal releases on Xbox consoles and PC on October 21, 2022, and it is the first of the bunch to launch. P3P and P4G do not have definitive release dates yet.
The wildest part is the fact that P3P is getting ported, considering the only retail version that ever came out was for PSP. It’s one that kind of got lost to time. While it’s not exactly a definitive version of Persona 3, it’s the version that lets you play as the female protagonist, who is arguably the best lead in the series for her personality and design.
The original Persona 3 and re-release Persona 3 FES, which came out on PlayStation 2, only featured the male lead and didn’t let you fully control the party in combat. However, the main drawback of P3P is that its overworld for the social sim part of the game worked like a map you navigate rather than a world you walk around while controlling the main character. Regardless, the story of Persona 3 stands out in the series for its darker tone and strong characterizations. Also, that soundtrack is absolute fire.
Persona 4 Golden already has a solid PC port that’s currently available on Steam. But soon it’ll be playable on Xbox platforms and accessible through Game Pass. (You should check out my review of the fighting game spinoff Persona 4 Arena Ultimax while you’re at it). And Persona 5 Royal is arguably one of the best games of all time — I promise it’s not just me saying that, but I do say as much in my Persona 5 Royal review.
Not gonna lie, I’m trippin. Even though I’ve collectively dropped 1,000-plus hours into these games, it’s stunning to see all of them come to a platform that’s not PlayStation, let alone Xbox. It’s also exciting to see these games reach a broader audience. If you haven’t tried a Persona game, I cannot recommend it enough, even if RPGs aren’t your thing. And maybe anime high-schoolers doesn’t sound like your jam, but once you get deep enough into the conspiracies and battles with otherworldly beings, and overcome hardship through the power of friendship, you’ll thank me later. You’ll probably get into your feelings, and that’s a good thing.
Update: Atlus has confirmed these ports will also be available on PS5 and Steam.
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