Persona 6 Release Date: The Persona games have been in existence for two long decades, and while fans have time and again been compelled to think that there will be no further additions to the series, the creators have continued to surprise us. 2016, for instance, saw the Japanese release of what happens to be the sixth installment in the series, Persona 5. The hiatus between Persona 5 and the previous entry in the franchise was one of nearly eight years, but Atlus had certainly thought of the best way to celebrate the franchise’s 20th year anniversary. Sadly, however, for fans in the West Persona 5’s English version had been significantly delayed. But the wait was hardly a boring one, for the game had in the meantime gone on to become one of the highest selling critic and fan pleasers of all time in the country of its origin. Now after the massive success of Persona 5 after its worldwide release, it looks like Atlus is already thinking ahead about the future, so we have a feeling that this one will not be the final Persona game to come out. And to make things a little sweeter, the name Persona 6 has already appeared in a lot of things its Japanese developers have to say. So yes, the next Persona entry is on its way; we just don’t know when.
Persona 6- Will it happen?
Update 2: Latest reports reveal that Atlus is currently in the process of hiring for a brand new title- Persona 6! The company’s CEO Naoto Hiraoka recently published a job listing in which he makes it clear that the studio is invested in delivering improved Persona games with each new installment. He talks about making Persona 6 an even bigger game than its predecessor, which understandably will be a difficult job considering how amazing the present game is.
This is what the listing says: “Thanks to the large amount of support we received for “Persona 5,” we have gotten a sense of accomplishment. But we can’t stop there. When we created “Persona 4,” there was pressure that it had to exceed “Persona 3.” Now, we will have to create a “6” which exceeds “5.” However, exceeding “5” will be difficult with the current staff. I would like to surpass this tall hurdle with everyone who joins us in this recruitment. The workplace is perfect for those who want a creative challenge when it comes to bringing games to the world.”
Update: While we were busy contemplating the future of the Persona series, Atlus has been proactively consulting fans in Japan about what they would like to see after Persona 5 even before the game gets its worldwide launch. They started a survey in the new year asking fans about what they would be most excited to see after Persona 5, and among the wide range of options that they asked opinions on, Persona 6 figured prominently. It also looks like Atlus wants to expand their next title to other platforms as well, so don’t be surprised if they announce a version of Persona 6 (or whatever they decide to work on next) for Nintendo Switch.
Persona 5 is yet to see the light of the day in the West. The game has already gone through some delays and is presently scheduled for an April 2017 release. But many forums have been actively speculating over the possibility of Persona 6. And not all of its is just airy rumors about the distant future. As one poster on GameFAQs points out, we may be looking at the Persona 6 Release Date not too long after Persona 5. The reason behind this has been chalked up to the newly built engine that Persona 5, which was one of the main reasons for the game’s delayed release. The new engine, Atlus said, would provide better means to express the ideas that they wanted to put forward. But a specialized new engine being created by the devs for just a single game might not prove to be feasible, and hence the speculations that Persona 6 will follow closely after Persona 5.
While we can’t be certain about that, the first part of the argument is a pretty valid one. Moving on to the second part, we don’t know what kind of a time gap we’re looking at in between Persona 5 and Persona 6. But Persona 5 has been widely appreciated in Japan, and the English language trailers that we have seen till now along with all the gameplay footages that are available online, the game will definitely be a blast to play. No wonder, then, that something this successful will have a follow-up. And while that doesn’t warrant that Persona 6 will come out sometime within the next two years, the creators are not likely to build another new engine for the upcoming game. So no, the time break will not be by a lot. If we’re lucky, we should be able to see Persona 6 launch within the next two years.
Persona 6 Features, Gameplay and Wishlist
There is little doubt that Persona 5’s international reception will mimic the success it has seen in its home country. There are two ways the creators may choose to go after Persona 5’s worldwide release. For one, Atlus may keep busy for a while by capitalizing on the game’s success, releasing a bunch of new spinoffs like they did after Persona 4. Or else, they might just start working on Persona 6 with a lot of elements retained from P5. We think that the latter case makes more sense. Why? Because part of the reason why Persona 4 had so many spinoffs was to fill in the eight years long blank between that game and the upcoming one- a blank that was mainly caused by the need for new mechanics and a sound engine to pull that off. But that’s not likely to be the case with the next entry in the franchise. It already has a new engine ready for it, and that takes a lot of time off its development. With most of its material readily available, we’re speculating that Persona 6 will retain a lot of the features and mechanics from Persona 5. The gameplay, more than all else, will follow the pattern that the series has been carrying on for years. However, we can certainly expect a few things to be changed, as all Persona games in the past have introduced their own unique elements. So here we have a few of the things we wish to see in Persona 6.
Same Setting, Different Characters: Persona 5’s story is an intriguing one set during an unspecified period in time in the modern world. The fight is helmed by a group of young people against the evils in their hearts. It is vaguely possible that Persona 6’s story will follow on from Persona 5, which does a breathtaking job of portraying modern-day Tokyo: something that we want to see more of. However, that may be spiced up with the inclusion of a new set of young characters and an intriguing story based on them. Moreover, they could end up crossing paths with those from P5. The latter could be included as NPCs or player characters.
An Engaging Storyline: Drawing on from our first point, it would be great if Persona 6’s story had a link with that of Persona 5. The latter is a fantastic blend of action and adventure experienced amidst some of the coolest characters that one ca encounter. But even if that isn’t anywhere close to Atlus’s plans for the next entry, we hope Persona 6 will have an awesome and engaging storyline, which is not much of a stretch considering how narrative based the games usually are.
New Personas: We love the idea of Personas in the games- the external manifestations of a character’s psyche that can be summoned in various ways. The Personas are the core element of the games, and they are why we fell in love with the series in the first place. In the past, the Personas included in the franchise have borrowed from varied inspirations, ranging from old mythology to modern art, culture, and history. We would love to see Atlus keeping them coming. The world has a rich array of cultures that Persona 6 could borrow from, and we hope Atlus digs some of them up for inspiration in the next game.
Gameplay: Persona 6 will definitely introduce some new gameplay elements compared to whatever has been featured already in P5. We already know a little about Persona 5’s gameplay which is way more intriguing than its immediate predecessor. It brings back many of the features from the past games but with significant upgrades added to them (like the Social Links, for example). They can also pursue ordinary routine activities when they are not donning their Personas. Likewise in Persona 6, we want to see more sidequests being combined with the main mission of the students. These results could also have an impact on the overall gameplay, functioning like mini-upgrades. More freedom to choose your own activities could make things even more interesting.
A full-blown Multiplayer System: This one needs no explanation. We all know that playing a Persona game with co-op is going to be rather sweet. Here we are, waiting for that to happen.
Persona 6 Trailer
Considering that Persona 5 is yet to be made available in the other hemisphere, getting our hands on Persona 6’s trailer is nothing short of an impossibility. However, we will keep our eyes and ears open and update this space as soon as Atlus shares something concrete.
Persona 6 Release Date and Platforms
|Revelations: Persona||September 20, 1996 (Japan)
November 1996 (US)
|Persona 2: Innocent Sin||June 24, 1999 (Japan)
September 20, 2011 (US)
|Persona 2: Eternal Punishment||June 29, 2000 (Japan)
December 22, 2000 (US)
|Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3||July 13, 2006 (Japan)
August 14, 2007 (US)
|Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4||July 10, 2008 (Japan)
December 9, 2008 (US)
|Persona 5||September 15, 2016 (Japan)
April 4, 2017 (US)
We think the game may be launched earlier than expected. Sure, Persona 5 could get a few spinoffs in the next year, but that should not quite act as an impediment for the devs to focus on Persona 6. This is not to say that we are going to hear about the next game in 2017 itself, but it could go into development alongside the many spinoffs that P5 could spawn. Which means that the next main entry in the series could be seen within the next four to five years. For now, we’re speculating a 2020 release date for Persona 6. As for the platforms, the series could finally ditch the PS3 and be built specifically for the next generation of consoles.
To conclude our speculations, we don’t think the Persona series is coming to an end anytime soon. The wild success that Persona 5 has already gotten a taste of is bound to result in further sequels. Though the creators do not have anything to say about Persona 6 right away, we are hoping to hear something about it soon enough. Watch this space for more rumors and updates, and let us know what you think about the prospects of Persona 6. Meanwhile, check out our speculations about Halo 6, a game which has all but been confirmed by 343 Industries.