If you like Japanese role-playing games, you’re going to love this fall. One of this year’s most eagerly awaited JRP sequels “Persona 5” is coming out. Set in present-day Tokyo, “Persona 5” once again mixes school drama, alternative reality and psychology. Characters assume “personas,” embodiments of their psyche that they use in combat as they set out to right society’s wrongs. As in other “Persona” games, the main character is simply the protagonist, who utilizes persona powers while leading a group of vigilantes known as the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. The team finds its way through an alternative universe known as the Palace, where they set out to steal evil from the hearts of grown-ups.
Fans have been patiently waiting for “Persona 5” for a long time. It was originally slated for a 2014 winter release on the PS3; however, the game was later delayed to 2015 and announced for the PS4. It was then delayed again to this summer, and then pushed back even further to this fall. This time, though, there is a concrete release date of Sept. 15.
‘Recore’ is a tale of East meets West: One of Japan’s most famous game creators, Keiji Inafune of “Mega Man” and “Dead Rising” fame, has teamed up with Texas-based Armature Studio, headed by former “Metroid Prime 3: Corruption” developers, for this exclusive Xbox One and PC title.
Joseph Staten, who previously worked on the “Halo” series and wrote “Destiny,” has penned the story for “Recore,” which is set in an apocalyptic wasteland controlled by malevolent robots. The game’s heroine Joule and her robo-dog companion Mack set out to save the human race, enlisting the help of other robots along the way.
“Recore” was originally slated for this spring, but has been moved to fall. As an Xbox One console exclusive, its appeal in Japan, where the Xbox has traditionally struggled, may be limited. However, the game’s characters, both human and robot, and its action-packed gameplay should find some appeal — perhaps even enough to encourage gamers to pony up for an Xbox One.
“ReCore” will be released on Sept. 15 for the Xbox One. The PC version will be available on the entertainment platform Steam.