Persona (Series)

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This article is about the series in the Megami Tensei franchise. For other things named Persona, see Persona.


Persona is a series in the Megami Tensei franchise. Beginning with Megami Ibunroku Persona for the PlayStation in 1996, the series initially began as a follow-up to Shin Megami Tensei if..., itself a side-story in the Shin Megami Tensei series. Like its precursor, the Persona series predominately follows a cast of high-schoolers confronted by a paranormal mystery. However, instead of recruiting and commanding demons, characters use Personas—the manifestations of their inner self. These manifestations correspond with an Arcana.

From Persona 3 onward, the mainline games essentially had a soft reboot and adopted a radically different structure revolving around a calendar system where events occur as days pass. The protagonist must balance their day-to-day life with their life as a Persona User. This change also introduced Social Links (Confidants in Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal), a system where the protagonist can befriend characters who are related to a specific Arcana. Each social link corresponds with an Arcana; this system also facilitates a dating sim mechanic with certain characters.

Persona was one of the first Megami Tensei series games to see release outside of Japan. The first game, Megami Ibunroku Persona, was released in North America under the title Revelations: Persona, where it saw significant localization changes. Persona was also the first franchise outside of Japan to drop the Shin Megami Tensei subtitle in terms of branding with Persona 4 Golden.

History

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Media

Video Games

Title Release
Megami Ibunroku Persona
September 20, 1996
Persona 2: Innocent Sin
June 24, 1999
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
June 29, 2000
Persona 3
July 13, 2006
Persona 4
July 10, 2008
Persona 5
September 15, 2016

Remakes and Remasters

Title Release
Persona 3 FES
April 19, 2007
Persona
April 29, 2009
Persona 3 Portable
November 1, 2009
Persona 2: Innocent Sin (PSP)
April 14, 2011
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment (PSP)
May 17, 2012
Persona 4 Golden
June 14, 2012
Persona 5 Royal
October 31, 2019
Persona 3 Reload
February 2, 2024

Spin-Off Games

Title Release
Persona 4 Arena
March 1, 2012
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
November 28, 2013
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
June 5, 2014
Persona 4: Dancing All Night
June 25, 2015
Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight
May 24, 2018
Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight
May 24, 2018
Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth
November 29, 2018
Persona 5 Strikers
February 20, 2020
Persona 5 Tactica
November 17, 2023

Mobile Games

Title Release
Megami Ibunroku Persona: Ikū no Tō Hen
2006
Aegis: The First Mission
October 29, 2007
Persona 5: The Phantom X
TBD 2023

TV Series

Title Release
Persona: Trinity Soul
January 5, 2008
Persona 4 The Animation
2011
Persona 4 The Golden Animation
2014
Persona 5 The Animation: The Day Breakers
2016
Persona 5 The Animation
2018

Movies

Title Release
Persona 4 The Animation: The Factor of Hope
2012
Persona 3 The Movie: Spring of Birth
February 23, 2013
Persona 3 The Movie: Midsummer Knight's Dream
2014
Persona 3 The Movie: Falling Down
2015
Persona 3 The Movie: Winter of Rebirth
2016

Manga

Title Release
Megami Ibunroku Persona
1997
Persona: Tsumi to Batsu
2000
Persona 3
2007
Persona 4
2009
Persona 4: The Magician
December 8, 2011
Persona x Detective Naoto
2013
Persona 4 Arena
2013
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
2015
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth: Roundabout
2014
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Side:P3
2015
Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Side:P4
2015
Persona 5
2017
Persona 5: Mementos Mission
2018

Nomenclature

Names in Other Languages
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ペルソナ, Perusona Persona
Simplified Chinese 女神异闻录 Nǚshén yìwénlù Alternate Goddess Tale

Traditional Chinese
女神異聞錄 Nǚshén yìwénlù Alternate Goddess Tale
Korean 페르소나 Pereusona Persona

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