Persona 3 and Persona 4 arrive on Game Pass in January

Atlus has announced that Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden will be releasing on Xbox and Game Pass earlier than expected. The exact date of the launch of these JRPG classics on Xbox One and Xbox Series consoles will be on the 19th of January, next year in 2023. 

Earlier this year, during the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, it was announced that the Persona games, previously exclusive to PlayStation devices, would be coming to Xbox and other modern gaming platforms. Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 were slated for release around the summer of 2023 but surprise, we’re getting them in the first month of next year instead. 

Persona 3 Portable is the version of Persona 3 — initially launched on PlayStation 2 — that was released on the PlayStation Portable (PSP). This enhanced version comes with the added option to play the game as a female protagonist, which was incredibly wild at the time because it let players romance the male characters as well. It also featured quality of life changes, difficulty settings and the ability to directly control party members. 

Like Persona 3, Persona 4 was originally launched on PlayStation 2, while Persona 4 Golden is a remastered version of the game that was released for the PlayStation Vita. It isn’t too big of a jump from the original, some may even call it a small expansion, but it does feature rebalanced and new content, additional social links, locations, Personas, cutscenes and a new Bad Ending. It was re-released on Steam in 2020.  

Persona 5 Royal, the most recent game in the franchise, is also releasing this 21st of October for Xbox. Royal is the definitive version of Persona 5. It tweaks the plot, and fixes some questionable dialogue, and adds new mechanics to make gameplay much smoother. Brand-new locations are added, an extra semester, improved combat flexibility and a new character to spice things up. 

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New Art in commemoration of the re-release of the Persona series

Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden will be available on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S once they release on the 19th of January, 2023. Persona 5 Royal will be available on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S on the 21st of October this year. All three Persona games will also be available to Game Pass subscribers.