E3 2019 Dreams — I Hope to See Persona 3 Remake + Persona 4 Golden for PS4
With the rising popularity of the Persona series, it is time to bring Persona 3 and 4 to PlayStation 4, whether they are remakes or ports.
Persona 5 is arguably the best JRPG in a long, long time. Heck, it is one of the best games (in general) this generation and one of my personal favorites as well. The developer of the series, Atlus, is known for consistently making great games: whether it be Persona, Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE or Catherine, Atlus knows how to make a good video game. The thing with Persona as a series though is that many gamers are slowly but surely recognizing its greatness and dipping their toes into the series. It makes sense; Persona 5 is very different from most JRPGs by (largely) being a high school simulator and featuring a detailed relationship system as a part of the game. While some players may not enjoy those elements, I still think that Persona 3, 4, and 5 are all fantastic video games.
Originally released on the PlayStation 2, we got an updated re-release for Persona 4 known as Persona 4 Golden exclusively on the PlayStation Vita. As of yet, we still have not gotten this edition of the game brought to the PlayStation 4. Persona 3 was in a similar boat, though it was re-released on the PlayStation 2 and then was re-released a few years ago on the PlayStation Portable with Persona 3 Portable.
For gamers that recently got into the series with Persona 5, I am sure there are many that want to play the older entries in the series, but nowadays they are hard to get a hold of. You can only play Persona 3 on PlayStation 2, PSP, and PS Vita. Persona 4 is only on PS2 and PS Vita (or as a PS2 Classic on PS3). Now that the Vita is no longer being produced, if you don’t have a Vita you are going to pay more than you want to get it. On top of that, not many gamers still have a PS2 or PSP. This is why I am hoping that we get an announcement at E3 that we are getting a Persona 3 Remake, as well as a Persona 4 Golden port for PS4.
Maybe I am thinking too much of it, but I feel like the clues are there. Persona 3 is an old game, and there have been a lot of quality of life improvements in the series since it first released. Also for fans of the series such as myself, not many of them have played Persona 3 nor is it remotely talked about as much as Persona 4 or 5. I think now is the best opportunity to bring out a remake for Persona 3 so that those who missed out on this cast of characters can experience their story.
Last year Atlus released Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight for the PS4. If they made the models for their spinoff dancing game in the same engine that was used for Persona 5, why not do it for a full-on remake? The game has great voice actors, including Yuri Lowenthal and Liam O’Brien, and the game will age much better by using the art style featured in Persona 5. Lastly, the team that made Persona 5 is currently working on a new project, because a different team is working on Persona 5: The Royal, which is coming later this year in Japan (and next year in the West). It just makes so much sense to me.
Yes, there is no Sony conference at E3 this year, but that does not mean that it can’t be announced at the event.
Persona 4 Golden is recent enough that I don’t think there needs to be a complete remake yet, nor does it seem likely. It does boggle my mind though that it has not come to PS4, especially with how much of a success that Persona 5 was.
Even with the popularity of Persona 5, I think more people should be exposed to the entire series. Persona 3 Remake (and/or Persona 4 Golden PS4 port) would be the best way to appease both long-time fans of the series and those who are still on the fence on giving this series a chance.
As we near E3, what do you want to see the most at this year’s show? What’s your dream scenario? Be sure to let us know in the comments. Lastly, be sure to check out some of the other hopes and dreams for E3 2019 from the rest of the DualShockers writers.