A well-loved role-playing adventure series announces not one but four new games, namely "Persona 5" for the PlayStation 3 and three spin-offs that embrace a range of genres.
It's not often that a video game blends role-playing adventure, high school social simulation, glossy production values and high-concept psychological themes, but when it does, it's likely a "Persona" game.
The series was established in 1996 on the original PlayStation, but it was PlayStation 2 game "Persona 3" that gained worldwide recognition starting in 2006, meriting two re-releases as "Persona 3 FES" for PS2 and then "Persona 3 Portable" on the PSP.
The series has even crossed over into the fighting game genre, usually inhabited by "Street Fighter," "Mortal Kombat," and "Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm," with "BlazBlue" creator Arc System Works developing
"Persona 4 Arena" as a accompaniment to the PS2/PlayStation Vita entry "Persona 4."
True to form, the "Persona 5" teaser trailer is suitably cryptic, with five stacks of school chairs attached to five ball-and-chain weights. "You are a slave. Want emancipation?" it asks, before a winter 2014 release is specified.
Before that, "Persona 4 Arena" will be receiving a sequel by means of the extravagantly named "Persona 4: the Ultimate Ultra Suplex Hold" (PlayStation 3, summer 2014), the portable Vita benefits from a music-based rhythm game "Persona 4: Dancing All Night" (Vita, fall 2014), and the series' characters get even bigger eyes and even smaller noses in June 2014's stylized Nintendo 3DS entry "Persona Q: Shadow of the Labrynth."