There is a Persona 3 Reload Release Date! Learn everything there is to know about the remake of Atlus' classic RPG.
Atlus has decided to bless us with the greatest gift in all of gaming. A full-scale remake of Persona 3 not only brings the visuals to a modern standard but also combines elements from all versions into what might be the definitive version of this story.
And there is a lot to it, so here is everything you need to know about the Persona 3 Remake.
What is Persona 3 Reload?
Persona 3 Reload is a remake of Persona 3's (P3) original 2006 release which has since been locked to the PlayStation 2 and the port of the PSP version Persona 3 Portable.
It can not be understated how important that release was for Atlus. P3 was the first game in the Persona franchise, which itself was a spin-off series of the Shin Megami Tensei series, that adopted the style of RPG that would make it famous. A mix of Light Novel, Dating Sim, and Turn-based RPG with just a dance of pseudo-science and philosophy.
The Remake called Persona 3 Reload seems to bring the best parts of all interactions of this story, with the same style and visual excellence Atlus has perfected with Persona 5.
But why Remake Persona 3? Well, the original is this weird quirky RPG with a lot of ideas and kinks that would be ironed out in the following installments. But its story and world are arguably the best Atlus have ever delivered and are the reason why Persona 3 will often pop up on “The Greatest RPGs of All Time” lists.
Persona 3 Reload Story
Persona 3 tells the story of the protagonist (commonly referred to as Makoto Yuki) who attends Gekkoukan High School in the year 2009. His arrival coincides with a concerning number of people in Iwatodai losing their will to live due to something called “Apathy Syndrome.”
The protagonist quickly becomes aware of a phenomenon called the Dark Hour, an extra hour of the day only a few are privy to. In order to solve the mystery of the Dark Hour and the Shadows causing the Apathy Syndrome the protagonist joins the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad (SEES) alongside some of his classmates.
Now the player has to juggle their obligations as a student, their social life, and saving the world from creepy shadow creatures alongside a cast of memorable characters.
Persona 3 Reload Release Date
Persona 3 Reload is expected to be released on February 2, 2023, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. In the lead-up to the release, the team promised to make new information and trailers about the game available every Full Moon up to the release.
Persona 3 Reload Gameplay
Little is known about the gameplay of Persona 3 Reload at this point. We do know that most of the original game's content will return, but extra content such as the Epiloge of Persona 3 FES and the female protagonist route from Persona 3 Portable won't make a return.
Things like the exhaustion mechanic which would eventually debuff a player's stats should they spend too much time in the Tatarus will be removed. And you will no longer de-level an already established social link.
Combat wise we expect many of the systems from Persona 5 to make a return. Things like the Baton Pass or special skills being available via Social Links should definitely be here.
We also expect the Island of Iwatodai to be expanded upon. Compared to newer entries in the franchise, Persona 3's city was rather small and there wasn't much to see and do outside of social links. Persona 3 Reload might actually reenvision the social gameplay of the original but it might come at the cost of tone which the original excelled at.
Persona 3 Reload Voice Actors
The Persona 3 Remake will also feature a completely new cast for the English dub. We also expect most of the script to undergo some if not bigger changes, depending on how expansive the remake will get.
Makoto Yuki/Protagonist – Aleks Le
Aleks Le is almost inescapable in the space of English dubs. Recently he has delivered stellar performances as Luke in Street Fighter 6, and Sono Kusakabe in FF7 Remake.
Mitsuru Kirijo – Allegra Clark
Allegra Clark has also been all over the English dubs of video games as of late. She has voiced characters Bloodhound in Apex Legends, Marisa in Street Fighter 5, Beidou in Genshin Impact, and Dorothea in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
Junpei Iori – Zeno Robinson
Junpei Iori is voiced by Zeno Robinson who you may recognize as Dee Jay from Street Fighter 6, Vetteh in Horizon Forbidden West, or his more prominent run as Goh in the Pokemon Anime.
Yukari Takeba – Heather Gonzales
Heather Gonzales has been in three major roles this year alone. As Laura S. Arseid in Trails of Reverie, Mineru in Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and Cocolia Rand in Honkai Star Rail.
Akihiko Sanada – Alejandro Saab
Everyone's favorite himbo Akihiko is voiced by Alejandro Saab who you've heard as Bodvar in God of War: Ragnarok, Jing Yuan in Honkai Star Rail, and Jed in Stranger of Paradise.
Aigis – Dawn M. Bennett
Dawn Bennet is also no stranger to video games, she has recently voiced Yukong in Honkai Star Rail, and The Herald in Fornite and has been a presence throughout the English Dubs of Dragon Ball Super as Kale.
Fuuka Yamagishi – Suzie Yeung
In the gaming space, Suzie Yeung is probably best known for her iteration of Yuffie in the FF7 Remake as well as the upcoming FF7 Rebirth. She has also voiced Eula in Genshin Impact and Ochette in Octopath Traveller II.
Shinjiro Aragaki – Justice Solcum
Justice Solcum is fairly new to the voice acting scene and recently voices the protagonist of Street Fighter 6's World Tour Mode as well as Tetsuro Kurumazaki in the English Dub of Lost Judgement.
Ken Amada – Justine Lee
Last but not least, Ken Amada is voiced by who has been voicing characters for Ragnarok Origin, and Lilium in the excellent Shadowverse as well as smaller roles in recent Crunchyroll productions.
And that sums up everything you need to know about the upcoming Persona 3 Reload. We'll update this article as more information becomes available so stick with us here on ESTNN