Persona 1 and 2 may get remakes, but what are the release dates?

persona 2 characters in innocent sin

Reports suggest that Atlus has plans to refresh Persona 1 and 2, but will the games get remasters or remakes?

Atlus is going all-in on the Persona franchise after the success of Persona 3 Reload. As the fastest-selling game in Atlus’ history, it showed how much of an appetite there is for re-releases from the studio’s back catalog. While Persona 3 was plenty beloved before, the impressive sales show how much of an impact Persona 5 had in raising the series’ visibility.

While Persona 4 Remake is the clear candidate for a remake amongst many fans, others feel it’s “too soon” for the game. After all, fans still love Persona 4 Golden, which saw a popular port to Nintendo Switch and Xbox in 2023. Some old-school fans would much rather see Atlus tackle the oft-forgotten Persona 1 and Persona 2. 

Will Persona 1 and Persona 2 get remakes?

Atlus has not confirmed Persona 1 and 2 will receive remakes but notable Sega leaker Midori claims the games will receive an updated release, as either a remake or remaster.

Midori had previously indicated that Persona 1 and 2 were set to receive a remake, though the games wouldn’t receive an overhaul on par with what was seen with Persona 3 Reload. The idea was brought up once again, and a follower asked if she meant remakes and not remasters.

“To be safe, I will call it updated form for right now,” she responded

Gamers unfamiliar with the two titles may be surprised at how different they are from the rest of the series. Both Persona 1 and 2 use an isometric top-down perspective, as opposed to the third-person perspective from Persona 3 onwards. The battle systems are also very different from the rest of the series, with more of a focus on positional combat.

What is the release date for the Persona 1 and Persona 2 remakes?

There is no word on a possible release date for Persona 1 and 2 remakes.

Atlus has not confirmed the games, and Midori did not give a timeframe for either game’s development. It’s unknown if they are a priority within Atlus.

2024 will see the release of Metaphor: ReFantazio and Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance. Another Persona title could also be coming from the company, per Sega executives. The studio also may be working on DLC for the recently released Unicorn Overlord. Atlus is likely focusing on those titles before working on anything else.

Midori previously discussed Atlus being interested in the remakes in 2023 but said that they weren’t “in end production” like Persona 3 Reload was. It’s unclear when they may have been greenlit.

A Persona 2 remake does present a potential logistical issue. Persona 2 has two parts: Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment. Both games combined would be comparable to a full playthrough of Persona 3 Reload. Given the amount of work to modernize such an old title and its lack of popularity compared to contemporary Persona games, Atlus might opt for a remaster instead. 

It’s impossible to say what kind of time frame there might be without knowing them scope of the possible remake or remaster. But if they only entered into development recently, it could be some time before they come out.

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Written by Gab Hernandez

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