SEGA has released new battle gear artwork and combat details for Akihiko Sanada, Mitsuru Kirijo, and Fuuka Yamagishi in Persona 3 Reload, an upcoming RPG from ATLUS. Find out more about the revamped Tartarus as well as some of the Social Link characters you can encounter outside of school. This game is set to release on February 2, 2024 on Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, and Steam.
■ New Combat Outfits Revealed for Akihiko, Mitsuru, and Fuuka!
In Persona 3 Reload, members of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad (SEES) don new wardrobe when they take on Tartarus. We’ll be getting a glimpse at the new art for Akihiko Sanada, Mitsuru Kirijo, and Fuuka Yamagishi and learn more about their fighting styles.
Akihiko Sanada (voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa)
First Persona: Polydeuces
Specialties: Electricity, Strike
Theurgy: Lightning Sphere
As the captain of the boxing club, Akihiko fights with his fists. His Persona is Polydeuces. He excels in electrical and strike attacks. His Theurgy—Lightning Sphere—deals heavy electric damage to all enemies, regardless of their resistance.
Mitsuru Kirijo (voiced by Rie Tanaka)
Specialties: Ice Theurgy: Blizzard Age
She belongs to the fencing club and wields a rapier in combat. Her Persona is Penthesilea. Mitsuru is highly skilled in ice attacks, and her Theurgy—Blizzard Age—deals severe ice damage to a single enemy, regardless of their resistance.
Fuuka Yamagishi (voiced by Mamiko Noto)
Fuuka does not participate in battle directly and instead provides support to the team from the rear. Her support skills include examining enemy weaknesses and aiding in exploration. Her Theurgy, Oracle, randomly bestows positive effects on all allies.
Details of the fully revamped Tartarus unveiled
regained her vision.The gargantuan labyrinth Tartarus exists in the Dark Hour, an imperceptible interval of time between one day and the next. Hordes of Shadows roam its inner depths, attacking the protagonist and his allies on sight. The new and-improved Tartarus has enhanced visuals and upgraded features to make exploration more seamless and enjoyable.
You can now run inside the labyrinth and Auto Recovery will let you instantly restore the HP of your entire party with the push of a single button.
There are breakable objects containing Shadow remnants scattered across Tartarus. Destroying them can give you recovery items, loot to sell, and even Shards of Dusk which are necessary for unlocking treasure chests, so try cracking them open!
Locked Treasure Chests
You will find treasure chests hidden throughout Tartarus, some of which are locked. To unlock these chests, you will need to use a special item called Shards of Dusk. While they require an extra step to open, these treasure chests often contain better items compared to regular ones.
Sometimes after a battle you’ll have the chance to send a member on reconnaissance. They’ll temporarily leave your party and explore the path leading to the next floor. The party member will rejoin the group on the next floor, bringing back any items they’ve collected along the way.
Rescuing Lost People
You can run into lost people in Tartarus. If you rescue them, you may be rewarded for your efforts later in the future.
Shuffle Time and Major Arcana
When you win a battle, Shuffle Time can occur. During Shuffle Time, you can select one of the cards that appear to gain various effects or even acquire new Persona based on your choices. Additionally, there are rare occurrences where Major Arcana cards will appear. Each Major Arcana has unique effects such as increasing the amount of experience gained or boosting the damage dealt during an all-out attack. Once obtained, their effects can be applied to the remainder of the current day.
Arcana Burst will occur when you exceed the limit of Major Arcana cards. During Arcana Burst, the Minor Arcana cards rank up, powering up their effects, making your passage through Tartarus a whole lot easier. Try collecting every Major Arcana!
Sometimes a massive gate called Monad’s Door will appear inside of Tartarus. Beyond the gate are treasure chests containing valuable items that are guarded by formidable Shadows. If you manage to defeat them, you’ll trigger a Shuffle Time containing Major Arcana.
A type of Monad’s Door that opens to a long corridor teeming with fearsome Shadows. Defeating them will reward you with powerful weapons, character outfits, and valuable items that cannot be obtained from regular treasure chests. If you’re confident in your skills, try taking on Monad’s Path!
Golden Rare Shadows will occasionally appear in Tartarus. These Shadows will flee immediately upon discovery, but if you manage to defeat them, you’ll earn a ton of experience and money. There are also extremely rare occasions where you can come across a giant Rare Shadow. These colossal titans have amassed a stockpile of treasure from every corner of the floor; defeating them will not only reward you with experience and money, but also a vast array of items.
If you stay on a floor for too long, the Reaper may appear. The creature is extremely powerful, so try retreating if you happen to encounter it.
Clock at the Entrance
There is a clock at the entrance of Tartarus that can restore all party members’ HP and SP. To use this function, you need seven Shards of Dusk, so you should save it for emergencies.
While exploring Tartarus you can change your party members’ outfits from the menu at any time. There is a huge selection to choose from, including their regular school uniforms, battle gear, formal attire and swimsuits, so dress to the occasion!
Fuuka’s Support Skills
Fuuka’s exclusive support skills can provide intel during battle and be used to assist you when exploring. Select Navigation outside of battle to activate her support skills.
These skills include Jamming, which makes you undetectable by enemies on the current floor, Shock Noise, which temporarily causes Distress to enemies on the floor, and Sylphid Aura, which enhances the entire party’s stats at the start of a battle. Similar to other party members, these support skills will cost SP, so if you run low, be sure to replenish it using items or other means.
Characters You Can Meet in Town
You can meet a variety of people throughout your day-to-day. The bonds you form with the individuals you cross paths with are called Social Links, and as you raise your Social Link Rank with them, you’ll be able to unlock special events. The people you meet outside of school are typically free to socialize after school or at night. Building relationships with them is essential to strengthening your Persona, so make sure to invest time into it!
Informercial Company President: Tanaka (voiced by Bin Shimada)
The owner of Tanaka’s Amazing Commodities, whose catchy theme song is impossible to forget. Tanaka’s hands-on approach of pitching his products directly to the customer has boosted the company’s sales by leaps and bounds. He is obsessed with money and has a unique management philosophy. He scouts the protagonist on the streets and offers to promote him as his next big star.
Eccentric Monk: Mutatsu (voiced by Shin Aomori)
A somewhat shady priest who frequents Club Escapade. He is often seen with an expensive cigar in his mouth and gold rings on his fingers, projecting a rather materialistic appearance. Despite his worldly indulgences, he is known for his eloquent speech and has a favorable reputation among his followers as a preacher of profound wisdom.When found at the club, he delivers his unique sermons to the protagonist.
Track Team Star: Mamoru Hayase (voiced by Yūichirō Umehara)
The star athlete of the track team at a rival school. Mamoru attracts national attention to the extent that he receives offers from universities and professional teams. He recognizes the protagonist’s talent during the Meiou Cup, a summer track and field competition, acknowledging him as a worthy rival to compete against.
Online Friend: Maya
Maya is the first player that the protagonist meets in the online game Innocent Sin Online. She dons a red outfit and goes on adventures with the protagonist, calling his avatar Tatsuya. Maya always logs in on her days off, eagerly anticipating the protagonist’s company.
Shrine Girl: Maiko Oohashi (voiced by Hiyori Kono)
A little girl you spot at a park near Naganaki Shrine. Maiko is anxious about her parents, who are constantly bickering and on the verge of divorce, and shows little desire to return home. She usually spends her time alone after school, and views the protagonist as an older brother figure.
Man at Death’s Door: Akinari Kamiki (voiced by Hirofumi Nojima)
A young man on borrowed time who you find sitting on a bench near Naganaki Shrine. Suffering from an incurable illness, he spends his weekdays receiving treatment at home. On weekends, he drags his frail body to the shrine. Determined to leave proof of his life in the form of fairy tales, he shares his progress with the protagonist from time to time.
Secondhand Bookstore Owners: Mitsuko Kitamura (voiced by Sanae Takagi) and Bunkichi Kitamura (voiced by Naoki Tatsuta)
The elderly couple who run a secondhand bookstore, Bookworms, in a corner of the Iwatodai Station shopping district. Bunichi is cheerful and sociable, but a tad forgetful, while Mitsuko is kind and reliable, and the backbone of Bookworms. They have a very strong relationship. They lost their only son a few years ago, and consider the persimmon tree that he planted at his place of work, Gekkoukan High, a precious memento.
Receive Email Invites
Characters with whom you’ve developed relationships will invite you to hang out with them after school or on holidays. You can instantly meet up with characters using the email screen.
Pre-Order Now and Receive a Limited Bonus DLC!
Those who purchase the physical edition early or pre-order the digital version will receive the Persona
3 Reload: Persona 4 Golden BGM Set DLC as a limited bonus.
This exclusive DLC allows you to listen to the following tracks from Persona 4 Golden : “Reach Out to the Truth”, “Time To Make History”, “I’ll Face Myself -Battle-”, “A New World Fool”, “The Fog”, and “Results”.
*Bonus for physical version in limited supply. Available while stocks last.
*Bonus for digital version can be received by purchasing the game before its release date. *The limited bonus DLC cannot be purchased separately.
*Contents are subject to change without prior notice.
Persona 3 Reload Tactica
Persona 3 is a pivotal game in the franchise that has since gone on to sell over 17 million copies worldwide. Set in the gritty Shin Megami Tensei universe, Persona 3 has won critical acclaim for its funky designs, vocal soundtracks, stylish UI, and its revolutionary character growth system which incorporated social interactions and adventure elements. The game helped redefine the series, becoming one of ATLUS’ most iconic RPGs.
Persona 3 Reload is a faithful remake that retains the charm of the original game while also vastly enhancing the visuals and controls for modern platforms. A must-play for longtime Persona 3 fans and newcomers alike! For more information about Persona 3 Reload, visit the official website here.