Persona 3 Reload Brings Fresh Look and Features

The critically acclaimed RPG Persona 3 is getting a full remake titled “Persona 3 Reload”, developer Atlus announced today. The remake for PlayStation 5 and PC aims to update the original experience with new combat uniforms, character art, and improvements to the mysterious Tartarus dungeon.

Updated Character Designs for S.E.E.S. Exploration Team

Persona 3 Maiko Oohashi
Maiko Oohashi

The protagonists of Persona 3 are members of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad (S.E.E.S.) who explore the Tower of Demise known as Tartarus. In the new remake, familiar faces like Akihiko Sanada, Mitsuru Kirijo, and Fuuka Yamagishi will sport brand new character art and models.

Akihiko Sanada

Akihiko, who wields the electrified Persona Polydeuces, dawns a red and black uniform representing his affinity for combat.

Weapon: Fists
Persona: Polydeuces
Specialization: Electricity, Striking
Theurgy: Lightning Sphere

Mitsuru Kirijo

Mitsuru’s icy Persona Penthesilea manifests in her new dark teal and white attire.

Weapon: Rapiers
Unique Persona: Penthesilea
Specialization: Ice
Theurgy: Blizzard Edge

Fuuka Yamagishi

Fuuka’s uniform reflects her technical and analytical support role with gloves and goggles for her Persona Lucia.

Unique Persona: Lucia
Specialization: Support
Theurgy: Oracle

Tartarus Gets a Fresh Coat of Paint

The enigmatic Tartarus dungeon now features visual improvements and tweaks to exploration. S.E.E.S. can now scout ahead after battles to uncover items, and rescuing lost individuals can provide useful rewards.

Breakable objects may contain recovery items, sellable materials, or Dusk Shards to open locked treasure chests hiding great rewards. And secret Monad Doors lead to rare cards and chests. But beware the ominous Reaper, who appears if players linger too long.

Revamped Combat and Shuffle Time

Arcana Burst Persona 3
Arcana Burst

Combat has been updated as well, with costume changes available for S.E.E.S. members. And after battles, the tense Shuffle Time gives players cards to earn personas and effects for the day.

Building Social Links with characters like President Tanaka and Akinari Kamiki can power up personas. And special Major Arcana cards trigger powerful bonuses like Arcana Burst.

An RPG Classic Reborn

With a fresh coat of paint and new improvements, Persona 3 Reload aims to reintroduce players to the acclaimed dungeon crawling and relationship building that made the original a classic. The remake launches next year, giving fans plenty of time to prepare for another mysterious year at Gekkoukan High School.

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