Persona 3 and Persona 5 Dancing Game New Famitsu Information, Story Mode Replacement

Following the announcement of Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night last week, the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine #1497 features new information on the games, including information that there will be brand new original music like in Persona 4: Dancing All Night, and a replacement for that game’s story mode.

Update (2017-08-08): Hachima Kikou has provided further details, including the initial songs revealed to be featured in the game, added to the bottom of this post.

This information has been leaked early via Ryokutya2089, and translated via Gematsu.

  • Atlus is making the best of the experience it gained developing Persona 4: Dancing All Night in polishing the visuals, action, and every other element of the two new Dancing titles.
  • There will be completely new songs.
  • There will be a new mode that replaces story mode.
  • The PlayStation 4 version of each game will run at 60 frames per second.
  • The gameplay system will follow that of Persona 4: Dancing All Night, but with brush-ups, additions, and removals.
  • They want to introduce crazy elements and colorful elements that cannot be done in the original story.
  • All of the members of the Atlus Sound Team are participating.
  • Producer ‎Kazuhisa Wada: “Character models are enhanced compared to Persona 4: Dancing All Night, and we’re being even more particular about dance motions.”
  • Wada: “This is the first time we created models of the Persona 3 characters with realistic body proportions. The impact of that is quite big.”
  • Composer Ryota Koduka: “Deep and serious stories will develop through these games, but we want to put in crazy elements and colorful elements that cannot be done in the main story.”


Confirmed music for the track list of both games are:

Persona 3:

  • Burn My Dread
  • Mass Destruction
  • Heartful Cry

Persona 5:

  • Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There
  • Last Surprise
  • Life Will Change

The upcoming issue of Famitsu will be released in Japan on August 10, 2017.

Relatedly, the Atlus 2016 consumer survey included this question as question #18:

Q18: Because you have played Persona 4: Dancing All Night [an answer chosen previously], choose one that applies from the following.

Two possible answers: “A: It was good more as a story-oriented game,” and “B: It was good more as a rhythm game.” One option among 4 must be chosen, relating to whether you think P4D was closer to A or B.

Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night will be released in Japan for the PS Vita and PS4 in spring 2018.

— Ryokutya2089 via Gematsu, Hachima Kikou

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  • sillyfudgemonkeys

    What they say: No story mode
    What I hear: We now have no reason to not put the FeMC in this game

    (Please Atlus! ;w; Unless this new mode isn’t just a mode where they only dance, there’s really no reason to not put her in there, if there’s no story then this game pretty much doesn’t conflict with canon so it’s really just anything goes)

    • Ju2c0c0

      omg I’d love to see FeMC as well!

    • LibraryOfAlexandira .

      FeMC would be so cool! I hope they have the dance partners options, I’d love if we could have her dance with everyone.

    • Víctor Roxas Avila

      oh come on, what the fuck does minako have to do with the history mode?

    • Lucas Vinicius

      We need FeMC in this game T.T

      • Carlos Hernadez Rios

        We dont

    • Lusankya

      Don’t worry, she will be paid DLC for sure.

    • Carlos Hernadez Rios

      She sucks and is meaningless a non canon attempt. she was not in the movies nor in Q
      so no DO NO ADD HER

  • TechaNinja

    Get hype lads!

  • TheNightmareEX

    I wonder what they are going to remove?

  • Nekko Blue

    >”new mode that replaces story mode”
    >”crazy and colorful elements that cannot be done in the original story”

    Wow. It looks like Atlus is making a Persona spin-off non-canon for once lol. I didn’t know how they’d make the excuse that Minato’s alive and busting a move otherwise, so this is good.

    • Devon Barr

      I never interpretted this as him being alive, or that it’ll be non-canon.

      Seemed obvious it’d be set before the end of the story.

      • sillyfudgemonkeys

        I personally think it’ll be a retelling of P3/5’s plot, I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out that Liz is telling the story and everything got exaggerated (meaning the game is still canon, solely cause this is a story coming from Liz).

    • Mesaphrom

      I like to think Minato just moon walked away from the moon…. Okay, that was painful.

  • Hee-Ho

    I’m so glad this isn’t canon. While it is a fun idea, this does not suit the P3 cast at all.

  • DoctorJoeCool

    Well, for P5’s that’s a huge disappointment.

  • Carlos Hernadez Rios

    Keep that NON CANON FMC out of this games

  • [Your Unoriginal Name Here]™

    While I am happy that P3 DMN isn’t getting a story because that would ruin the tone of P3 plus a great reason to add Non-canon chan but what saddens me most is that for P5 DSN, I saw a great opportunity to add a story I mean the MC (Joker/Akira) could come back to visit them again within 5 months or so, then they see a flyer where there’s a dance competition w/ money on the line (Thieves love money). Still Im excited for both, definitely getting both for the Vita and later for the PS4 but that’s if there’s a cross save option which I have no doubt it I mean P5 had that unless that’s just to save it in the cloud and nothing more?