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Persona
Developer(s)Atlus
Publisher(s)Atlus, Atlus USA
Year introduced1996
Genre(s)RPG
Parent seriesShin Megami Tensei, Megami Tensei

The Persona series is generally centered around a group of high school students fighting demons in modern-day Japan. The actual game-play has changed quite a bit over time, with Persona 3 having dating sim elements and dungeon-crawling elements (like Baroque or Diablo). While the main characters are high school students, the series gets its name from the Persona (a type of spirit) that allows each character to fight the demons (the exact mechanics vary a little between games).

The Persona series is a spin-off of the Shin Megami Tensei series, with the initial Persona game bearing a stronger resemblance to the games of the SMT series than the more recent games (though to be fair the SMT games changed nearly as much as the Persona games have). The common threads are basically the setting of modern-day Japan and the variety of demons in the games.

A port of the first game has been announced for September 2009 release in North America on the PSP (as Shin Megami Tensei: Persona). The title is supposed to include a new interface, anime-style cut-scenes, difficulty selection, and a completely redone soundtrack.

Main series titles[edit]

Original title Localized title Year Systems and remakes
女神異聞録ペルソナ
Alternate Tales of the Goddess: Persona
Revelations: Persona 1996 PlayStation
Windows
ペルソナ2 罪
Persona 2: Sin
Persona 2: Innocent Sin 1999 PlayStation
ペルソナ2 罰
Persona 2: Punishment
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment 2000 PlayStation
ペルソナ3
Persona 3
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 2006 PlayStation 2
ペルソナ4
Persona 4
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 2008 PlayStation 2
ペルソナ5
Persona 5
Persona 5 2016 PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4

Enhanced ports & Rereleases[edit]

Original title Localized title Year Systems and remakes
ペルソナ
Persona
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2009 PlayStation Portable
ペルソナ2 罪
Persona 2: Sin
Persona 2: Innocent Sin (PSP) 2011 PlayStation Portable
ペルソナ2 罰
Persona 2: Punishment
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment (PSP) 2012 PlayStation Portable
ペルソナ3 フェス
Persona 3 FES
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3: FES 2007 PlayStation 2
ペルソナ3 ポータブル
Persona 3 Portable
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable 2009 PlayStation Portable, Windows, PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
ペルソナ4 ザ・ゴールデン
Persona 4: The Golden
Persona 4 Golden 2012 PlayStation Vita, Windows, PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
ペルソナ5 ザ・ロイヤル
Persona 5: The Royal
Persona 5 Royal 2019 PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X

For a full list of Persona games, see the Category:Shin Megami Tensei.