In a 4Gamer end-of-year games industry interview, which includes aspirations for 2018, one of the interviewees was the producer of the upcoming Persona rhythm games, Kazuhisa Wada.
When asked by 4Gamer about 2018, Kazuhisa Wada stated the following:
4Gamer: What resolution do you have for 2018, and can you share a message for 4Gamer readers?
Kazuhisa Wada: In 2018, the TV animation of “Persona 5” will begin in April, and the series will continue to become increasingly more exciting. I think we’ll be able to deliver various developments besides, of course, games, so please stay tuned.
Firstly, please look forward to Persona 5: Dancing Star Night and Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night, which will be released on May 24. We have finished work on the “P-Sound action” games, which will make the characters even more loved. Please look forward to it.
Wada had previously stated that development work on P3D and P5D had reached its climax in November 2017. Both games were originally announced at the “Persona Super Live P-Sound Bomb!!!! 2017” live concert in August 2017.
Wada has confirmed that, while development for the base games has ended, there are plans to develop downloadable content, presumably for release after the games launch.
Planning for P3D began after the release and positive reception of Persona 4: Dancing All Night in June 2015. Wada had stated, during the launch event for P4D, that Atlus would consider a “P3D” if Persona 4: Dancing All Night sold well.
Persona 5 was being developed at the time, so plans to also create a Persona 5 rhythm game were made for those who would enjoy a rhythm game based on P5.
Development for the previous P Studio produced title, Persona 5, ended in July 2016.
Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night will be released for the PS4 and PS Vita on May 24, 2018 in Japan.