Persona 3 Reload was finally publicly revealed at today’s Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase after years of being one of Atlus’ worst-kept secrets. Fans noticed a significant absence from the initial trailer, which displayed Persona 5-styled fighting and aesthetics.
The extra content from Persona 3 FES and Persona 3 Portable, such as the ability to play as the female protagonist, don’t seem to be included in Persona 3 Reload. Producer Ryota Niitsuma and main director Kazuhisa Wada of Persona 3 Reload confirmed to IGN that the game’s only content is that which was available in Persona 3’s first release.
“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,” Niitsuma said. “We wanted to really genuinely work on recreating the Persona 3 experience.”
Persona 3 originally released on the PlayStation 2 in 2006. Persona 3 Portable is a PSP edition that included features including the ability to directly manage party members in addition to the main character. Persona 3 FES is an add-on disc from 2007 that contains upgrades to the original game. Though it seems like players won’t have the option to play as the female protagonist in Persona 3 Reload, she made her debut in Persona 3 Portable as well.
“So we can’t really go into the details at this point yet, but we have remade basically everything from scratch as for Persona 3 the original version,” Niitsuma said. “So we have newly recorded voices, we have new scenes and events. We also have both new and arranged music. We’ll be kind of releasing that information, following everything. So please look forward to that.”
Persona 3 Reload will be a faithful remake of the original version, which is sure to be disappointing for fans hoping to play as the female protagonist, and players who wanted to experience all of the content different versions of Persona 3 have offered over the years.