Atlus and Sega recently confirmed that the Persona 5, 4, and 3 crossover Persona Q2 is coming to the west for the Nintendo 3DS. While it’s always good to have more Persona, the news is slightly disappointing for two big reasons: it’s not coming to the Nintendo Switch, and it doesn’t have the English voices.
Before Persona Q2 was announced for the west, an Australian Classification rating categorised the title as “Multi Platform”. This resulted in me and others speculating/hoping that Persona Q2 was going to be available on both the 3DS and Nintendo Switch, but that’s unfortunately not happening. Although the Persona Q series has always been developed for the 3DS, a port to the Switch would’ve made New Cinema Labyrinth more accessible and financially successful. With Atlus not releasing Catherine: Full Body on the PS Vita in the west due to recognising that Sony’s handheld system is practically dead and buried, why can’t they understand this with the 3DS?
Next to not being released on the Switch, the biggest disappointment is that Persona Q2 won’t feature the English cast for Persona 5, 4, and 3. It’s understandable that it wouldn’t have been cost-effective for Atlus to attain all the voice actors for the three instalments, but it doesn’t make it any less disappointing. For many and myself included, the English voices have become part and parcel with the characters.
Persona Q2 launches June 4 in the west for Nintendo 3DS. While it’s a game Persona fans should definitely buy provided they have a 3DS lying about and collecting dust, it’s hard not to feel as if Atlus and Sega have been lazy with the port thanks to a lack of confidence.
In other Persona news, Atlus are confirmed for Sega Fes 2019 in March where they’ll most likely reveal what Persona 5 R actually is and when it’s coming out. Atlus and Sega have also announced that The Phantom Thieves will be collaborating with another game in addition to Catherine: Full Body, and there's an amazing Phan game the community can download for free.
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