Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth
is a Nintendo 3DS
title, a spin-off of the popular Shin Megami Tensei: Persona
series, developed by Atlus
with the head director of Etrian Odyssey
. The game is set to release in Japan on June 5th, 2014 and Fall 2014 in America.
The story revolves around a mysterious tower that is said to bring death to whoever hears its bell. When the tower appears at both Gekkoukan High School in the past and Yasogami High School in the future, the casts of Persona 3
and Persona 4
team up across time to investigate the tower's labyrinth. Along the way, they meet two brand new characters, Zen and Rei, who are connected to the tower.
This game provides examples of:
- Another Side, Another Story: Elements of the story will change depending on if you choose to start with the Persona 3 or the Persona 4 cast.
- Badass Adorable: Everyone is turned into a Super-Deformed model, which is saying something for a series with plenty Darker and Edgier moments.
- Big Brother Instinct: Zen refuses to leave Rei's side, to the point that he loses his stoic attitude when she's in danger.
- Big Eater: Rei eats tons of snacks, like half a dozen scoops of ice cream in one scene. She can even make corn-dogs magically appear out of nowhere.
- Canon Name: Ambiguous canonicity of this game aside, the fact that this is a game in the franchise makes Minato Arisato the most canon of the P3 protagonist's various names.
- Clock Punk: The mysterious tower is filled with fantastical clockwork and gears.
- Colour-Coded For Your Convenience: The game uses a lot of purple in its interface and art, to differentiate it from P3´s blue and P4´s yellow.
- Cross Over: The full casts of Persona 3 and Persona 4 end up becoming involved in the mystery of the Labyrinth.
- Deadly Doctor: The plastic surgeon Shadows that are encountered in one part of the dungeon.
"It's operation time~!"
- The Dividual: Zen and Rei function as a single unit in gameplay, even taking up only one character slot.
- Dream Team: It's possible to make any team of five from the party members from P3 or P4.
- Eldritch Location: The Labyrinth of the Tower is a location outside reality where past and future can meet, filled with manifestations of the collective unconscious.
- Fate Worse than Death: Played for Laughs with Mitsuru's executions, as usual. In one story sequence, she threatens to freeze Akihiko and Shinjiro while the two are arguing after being super-shrunken.
- Gaiden Game
- Guns Akimbo: Automatic Crossbows, actually. How does Zen reload them anyways?
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Zen is large and imposing, while Rei is petite and disarming.
- Identity Amnesia: Zen and Rei do not remember who they are.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Let's just say Mitsuru doesn't take kindly to Teddie hitting on her…
- In another sequence, when a super-shrunken Teddie gets a peek up Yukiko's skirt, Yukiko finally has enough of Teddie's perversion and squashes him flat underfoot.
- The Noseless: The Super-Deformed art style makes most of the characters appear to not have noses.
- Out-of-Character Moment: The usually unflappable Mitsuru screaming in terror during one story sequence.
Mitsuru: STAY AWAAAAYY!!
- Original Generation: Despite most of the cast being from Persona 3 and Persona 4, Zen and Rei are brand new character who debuted in Q.
- Running Gag: Yukiko's beloved Groucho glasses make a comeback, with Yukari saying that they complement Junpei perfectly.
- Shout-Out: In the P4 ver. trailer, Minato and Yu make a call-back joke to the demon contracts in the main Shin Megami Tensei series.
- Sibling Team: All three of the Velvet Siblings (Elizabeth, Theodore, and Margaret) appear in this game to help the heroes.
- Sinister Silhouettes: The two casts first encounter their counterparts as shadowy looking figures… only for Minato or Yu to walk out of the shadows and introduce themselves.
- Stealth Pun: That "Q" letter in the title is shorthand for meikyuu (迷宮), meaning labyrinth, in reference to how Sekaiju no Meikyuu, the Japanese title of the Etrian Odyssey series, is abbreviated as SQ. It also sounds similar to "cute" to reflect the characters' appearances.
- Suddenly Voiced: The Persona 3 protagonist, identified in the trailers as "Minato Arisato".
- Super-Deformed: The entire cast appears as smaller, cuter versions of their regular appearances from Persona 3 and Persona 4.
- Time Travel: The tower allows the cast of Persona 3 from 2009 and the cast of Persona 4 from 2 years later to meet and team up. Which is why Minato and Shinjiro are still alive.
- X Meets Y: The mechanics of Etrian Odyssey and the plot and characters of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, with a heavy Alice in Wonderland motif, it seems.