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Persona 3 Reload Confirmed For Early 2024, But No Portable/FES Content Included

Persona 3 is finally getting a full remake, and it made its official debut at the Xbox Games Showcase.


After months of rumors and speculation, we finally got official word of a Persona 3 remake at the Xbox Games Showcase. It's called Persona 3 Reload and details come from a trailer that showed the visual overhaul, making it look similar to that of Persona 5. Everything from the daily exploration, classroom scenes, combat scenarios, and menus have been revamped in the new style. It's set to launch sometime in early 2024.

There are still a ton of details that have yet to be confirmed, but we have learned this is a remake of the base game, meaning content from the FES and Portable versions is not included, such as the playable female protagonist. Producer Ryota Niitsuma confirmed this with IGN, saying, "So first I'd like to mention that since the basic concept of the Persona 3 remake was to remake the Persona 3, we don't have the FES and Portable contents included. We wanted to really genuinely work on recreating the Persona 3 experience."

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Now Playing: Persona 3 Reload Reveal Trailer | Xbox Games Showcase 2023

Although we saw snippets of gameplay exploring Tartarus, the procedurally generated dungeon the original game revolved around, we're not sure if or how it's been redone.

Persona 3 Reload previously leaked on the Atlus Instagram account, as the trailer was accidentally published early. This came along with the reveal of Persona 5 Tactica, which is a tactical-RPG spinoff with the Persona 5 cast in a chibi style similar to Persona Q and Persona Q2.

Persona 3 was first released in North America in 2007 on PS2, followed by an updated version a year later called Persona 3 FES, which had new features and a playable epilogue called The Answer. The PSP version, called Persona 3 Portable, came out in 2010 and featured the alternate female protagonist--that portable version got a re-release on modern platforms just this year.

Xbox has become a hub for other Persona games, as both Persona 4 Golden and Persona 5 Royal--the definitive releases of both games--are available on Game Pass. Persona 3 Reload will also be available via Game Pass day one, and although it was shown on the behalf of Xbox, it will be coming to PlayStation, PC, and Nintendo Switch.

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