Atlus has registered several Persona 5 domains, leading people to believe that an enhanced edition of the PlayStation 4 exclusive will be announced for the Nintendo Switch when Joker becomes a playable character for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This is exciting news as, despite Persona 5 already being an extravaganza that is way too long, extra costumes, confidants, areas, and palaces would improve the already near-perfect experience like Golden did with Persona 4. With Atlus having asked fans back in 2017 if they wanted a Persona 5 Definitive Edition along with HD re-releases of past instalments, could they also treat players to a Persona 3 remake in 2019?
While Persona 3 isn’t included in the domains recently registered by Atlus, there’s no denying that the developers still have a soft spot for the SEES crew. Along with the newly released Persona 3: Dancing In Moonlight, Yukari, Mitsuru, Junpei and the emo protagonist have recurrently been used for movies, spin-offs, and Japanese comics. Although it’s not a confirmation or hint that a Persona 3 remake is bound, one could speculate that Dancing In Moonlight is a way of introducing series newcomers to the colourful group of shadow fighters.
Persona 4: Golden and Persona 5 were the titles that introduced most gamers to the historic series, but Persona 3 was a revolutionary gem that first implemented the now iconic social links. Some fans loathe the infamous Tartarus, but that doesn’t change the fact that Persona 3 established the now constantly recycled formula of high-school stereotypes, dungeon crawling, and almighty Gods who want to destroy the world due to misperceiving society’s depression. With Persona 3 having drastically changed the franchise for the better, it would be nice for newcomers and veterans to witness where the revolution began without having to dust off their PlayStation 2.
If given Persona 5’s visual flair and turn-based combat mechanics, then Persona 3 could be just as good as The Phantom Thieves’ agenda against abusive and corrupt adults. Its story is mature and dark, all the members of SEES are interesting, and dogs beat cats so Koromaru is naturally better than pervy Morgana. Even if Atlus didn’t want to go through all the work of updating the graphics and combat, a simple HD release of Persona 3:FES/Persona 3: Portable would be amazing. Personally speaking as someone whose Persona cherry was popped by SEES, the third instalment is a very special game that would get all the recognition and love it deserves if it was remade or re-released as a PlayStation 2 classic on the PSN store for PS4.
Persona 3: Dancing In Moonlight is fun fanservice that makes new and old Persona fans fall in love with all the members of SEES. The rumours about an enhanced version of Persona 5 being released on the Nintendo Switch are exciting as the fifth instalment is a masterpiece, but a remake or HD port of Persona 3 would mean so much more. Yukari, Mitsuru, Akihiko, Junpei, Aigis and – of course – Koromaru (f**k Ken) are very special characters, and Persona 3 deserves to be recognised and adored by newcomers because of the way it revolutionised the series for the better.
Would you like to see a remake of Persona 3, or would you be content with a simple HD release? How would you rank the games in the series? Let us know in the comments!
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