Persona 3 Reload, the remake of PS2 classic Persona 3 releasing next month, is a direct response to fan surveys Atlus has conducted over the years. Speaking to Xbox Wire, producer Ryota Niitsuma said that Persona 3 was always the first response the studio received when fans were quizzed on what Persona game they would like to see remade.
As such, the Persona 5 Royal team took on the task when its schedule cleared as "the stars aligned" for a remake to be its next project. The studio then got to work on figuring out how to bring Persona 3 back, making sure to preserve the core of the RPG while taking advantage of new tech introduced in the long time since its launch.
"I wanted to leave all of the parts that made Persona 3 what it was, all the parts that made up the core of how beautiful it was, as-is, but then try to address the things that have changed in the interim," said game director Takuya Yamaguchi. "I wanted users to think that when they played this game: 'I’m playing, not a remake of something old, but I’m playing something that is the newest entry to the Persona series'".
Persona 3 Reload launches for PS5, PS4 on 2nd February 2024, but do you think a Persona 4 remake could follow next? Either way, it's nice to know those fan surveys we reported on over the years have actually held some meaning. Share your thoughts in the comments below.