Yesterday at The Game Awards 2021, Atlus and Arc System Works’ Persona 4 Arena Ultimax was revealed for a multiplatform release, including on Nintendo Switch. This would have been a surprise, except leaker Zippo had leaked the existence of the game all the way back in July. It is the latest of many accurate leaks from Zippo over time, and now, the leaker has made another major claim — that Persona 3 Portable will receive a multiplatform remaster. If accurate, that would all but guarantee Persona 3 Portable on Nintendo Switch.
Details provided are extremely scant, boiling down to basically one sentence: “Oh, and Persona 3 Portable is getting a remaster. Multiplatform.” However, it would definitely make sense, as Atlus has at least seven projects in the works for the 25th anniversary of the Persona franchise, with one of them being the aforementioned Persona 4 Arena Ultimax re-release. Special anime streams, concerts, and merchandise have also been announced.
Persona 3 Portable is in bad need of a multiplatform remaster (especially on Switch), only launching for Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) a decade ago. This version of the game uniquely offers the option to play as a female protagonist, which changes the story in ways small and surprisingly large, and it also removes a lot of on-foot town exploration and replaces it with fast and straightforward menu selection. Not all of the game’s changes over the previous version were unanimously embraced, but they made sense on PSP and would make similar sense on Switch. However, the biggest thing that Portable lacks over the previous version of the game, Persona 3 FES on PlayStation 2, is a full-blown epilogue story. It would be pretty awesome if a hypothetical Persona 3 Portable multiplatform remaster could incorporate the FES epilogue.
If this leak pans out, what are your hopes for a Persona 3 Portable on Switch? If your answer is “the prospect of Persona 4 Golden on Switch,” well, I certainly couldn’t blame you.