July 13, 2024

At Xbox’s Associate Preview showcase final week, Atlus introduced that Persona 3 Reload can be receiving the unique sport’s add-on epilogue, Episode Aigis, as DLC on the tail finish of an enlargement go. The enlargement go, which is able to price $34.99, may also have two further waves of DLC earlier than it, which embrace background music units and costumes based mostly on different video games within the collection. The information was met with a predictable quantity of skepticism and anger from followers who felt that the enlargement, being almost 20 years outdated, ought to have merely been included in Persona 3 Reload to make it an entire sport.

The collection producer, Kazuhisa Wada, has now supplied a proof for why Episode Aigis (initially launched in America in 2007 as an epilogue known as “The Reply”) is arriving as a lot later DLC for Persona 3 Reload. Based on feedback made by Wada in an interview with Famitsu, the Persona crew wished to “make it occur from the time we first drafted P3R,” however numerous hurdles stored the crew from having the ability to make it a actuality, ensuing within the epilogue being dropped altogether. Based on Wada, nonetheless, as soon as the sport was introduced at Summer season Sport Fest final 12 months, they “acquired loads of suggestions from followers asking for a follow-up story,” which led to the epilogue’s revival nicely into the event of P3R.

Even then, the Persona crew appeared unfold skinny, with Wada even contemplating taking up a directorial function when one other staffer, Yu Hazushime, stepped in to function the director of Episode Aigis. Hazushime has beforehand labored on titles corresponding to Soul Hackers 2, and beforehand directed Tokyo Mirage Periods #FE.

As director of Episode Aigis, Hazushime is overseeing an overhaul in step with the remainder of the P3R mission. Although Wada famous that a number of the epilogue’s extra “surprising content material” and dialogue is being tweaked to “swimsuit the present period,” he assured that the basics of the situations are unaltered. The core dungeon of the enlargement can be being adjusted, being made sooner and extra “compact” in step with P3R’s tempo, receiving new background music, and a “new side” that Wada and Hazushime refused to offer away.

Regardless of fan suggestions prompting Episode Aigis’ eventual inclusion in P3R, Wada dashed any hopes that it may additionally end in Persona 3 Moveable’s feminine protagonist finally being added. Although he “feels sorry for the feminine protagonist,” Wada claims that growth on the sport would’ve dragged on too lengthy if in addition they tried to develop her total path.

“I actually really feel unhealthy for the feminine protagonist, however sadly, there isn’t a likelihood of that taking place. After all, we had been additionally contemplating planning for a feminine protagonist, however the hurdles had been too excessive, because it was anticipated to take an extended growth interval and price a number of instances as a lot as ‘Episode Aegis.’”

Based on Wada, the crew on P3R can be liable for the event of “utterly new works,” that means that they needed to finally lower off the quantity of labor executed on the title to work on future Persona video games. Sadly, meaning no feminine protagonist for P3R, however perhaps the Persona crew will lastly take to coronary heart that this matter needs to be a precedence transferring ahead within the collection, and depart errors like this up to now the place they belong.