The next RPG in the Persona franchise brings together the lovable casts from the past three main games. Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth will be a Nintendo 3DS exclusive and is a follow-up to Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth from 2014. This new adventure brings the Phantom Thieves from Persona 5 to take part in Persona Q’s rand of crossover fun. The result is an inter-dimensional mystery centered around movies and cinema, with an all-star Persona cast at your fingertips.
An initial reveal trailer was dropped on August 4, but developer Atlus followed up with an additional trailer (see below) and new details. Note that both trailers are in Japanese since the game has only been confirmed for Japan.
Story details were deciphered by Persona Central, and new characters named Nagi and Hikari will play a large role in the mystery behind the movie world. The Phantom Thieves get lost while exploring Mementos and find themselves in uncharted territory fighting new enemies. After escaping, they end up in a movie theater that brings together “people with the same power,” which unites the casts from their respective worlds.
It has been confirmed that characters from all three games (Persona 3, Persona 4, and Persona 5) will be playable, making a total of 28 possible party members; this includes the optional female protagonist from Persona 3 Portable, which is a wonderful surprise. The first Q game adopted the Etrian Odyssey-style exploration and combat, but maintained key elements of the Persona battle system like exploiting weaknesses and executing all-out attacks. You’re limited to having five party members at once with a front row and back row, which plays into combat strategy. And when exploring grid-based dungeons in first-person, you’re expected to create maps by hand on the bottom 3DS screen.
As for music, the trailer included a new song called “Road Less Taken” by Lyn Inaizumi (Persona 5 vocalist) and rapper Lotus Juice (Persona 3, Q, and Dancing All Night). Nine songs from previous games will be included the Persona Q2’s soundtrack for download; first-run copies of the game will include a code for the tracks to be used as alternate battle themes:
- Mass Destruction (Persona 3)
- Wiping All Out (Persona 3 Portable)
- Light the Fire Up In The Night – KAGEJIKAN Mix (Persona Q)
- Reach Out To The Truth (Persona 4)
- Time To Make History (Persona 4 Golden)
- Light The Fire Up In The Night – MAYONAKA Mix (Persona Q)
- Last Surprise (Persona 5)
- Life Will Change (Persona 5)
- Will Power (Persona 5)
Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth launches in Japan on November 29, 2018 for Nintendo 3DS. Details on a localized version for the West have not yet been revealed. You can explore the game’s official Japanese website for art, screenshots, and details.
We consider Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth one of the best 3DS games available; it unites the Investigation Team and SEES for a challenging and charming RPG. We also awarded second place to Persona 5 in our best games of 2017 list. This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Persona 4, be sure to read our retrospective feature in celebration of the game’s impact and legacy.