- Persona 3 Reload is overhauling its social link system by adding fully voiced dialogue, a big change from the original game.
- The remake introduces voice actors for social link characters, including the president of a shopping company and an alcoholic Buddhist monk.
- The preview screenshots of Persona 3 Reload show improvements such as a messaging system similar to Persona 5 and reminders for daily activities.
Atlus has confirmed more members of Persona 3 Reload‘s new English dub cast. These voice actors are for the characters who are a part of Persona 3‘s social link system, which are special visual novel-like sequences where the player and NPCs interact with each other. Since Persona 3 was the progenitor of this system, it would go on to be refined in its sequels, culminating in Persona 5‘s confidant system. Persona 3 Reload will be overhauling the Social Link system to bring it closer to the modern games, which makes it one of the biggest changes compared to the original.
One of the biggest overhauls Persona 3 Reload is making is the inclusion of fully voiced dialogue for each time the player moves up a rank. In the original game, there was no voice acting for these rank-up sequences, so the remake provides characters with in-game voices for the first time. Persona 3 Reload confirmed some of these social link characters and their voice actors in the dub, who were all a part of the student body of the school that the protagonist attends. More of the social links that Atlus recently revealed are mostly found outside of school and can be found on Tatsumi Port Island.
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These were all confirmed by Faz on Twitter, who listed each character and their associated voice actor in Persona 3 Reload. These include the shady president of the shopping commodities company, Tanaka, the alcoholic Buddhist monk Mutatsu, the top athlete of Gekkoukan High Mamoru Hayase, the young girl Maiko Oohashi, the dying young man Akinari Kamiki, and the elderly couple of Bunkichi and Mitsuko Kitamura. The actor lineup includes a number of familiar names who dubbed AAA video games and popular anime, like Fire Emblem, Demon Slayer, Bleach, and many more.
Persona 3 Reload English Dub Cast
- Patrick Seitz as President Tanaka
- Aaron Laplante as Mutatsu
- Yong Yea as Mamoru Hayase
- Grace Lu as Maiko Oohashi
- Lucien Dodge as Akinari Kamiki
- Andre Sogliuzzo as Bunkichi Kitamura
- Susanne Blakeslee as Mitsuko Kitamura
One social link that was shown in the preview screenshots, Persona 3‘s Hermit social link with Maya, was confirmed to not have any voice acting. In the original game, this social link was done over the Internet, with Maya sending messages to the protagonist in an MMO that they play. As such, it makes sense that the social link is silent, as the protagonist, and by extension the player, are reading messages that are sent by Maya instead of them being spoken.
One of the preview screenshots shows an improvement over the original Persona 3, which displays messages sent to the protagonist’s cellphone. This brings it closer to Persona 5‘s system, where friends will send out invitations to hang out, meaning players won’t need to track down a character in order to hang out with them. This sytem also applies to other reminders, giving players a heads-up about what they can do for the day.
Persona 3 Reload
Persona 3 Reload is a remake of Atlus’ beloved 2006 JRPG. Featuring updated visuals and quality-of-life improvements, Reload brings Persona 3 to the modern age in style.
Blending social sim sections with dungeon crawling, monster catching, and turn-based combat, Persona 3 Reload finds a group of high school students investigating the Dark Hour, a short period that exists between days.
Franchise Persona Platform(s) PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, PS4, PS5 Released February 2, 2024 Developer(s) P-Studio Publisher(s) Atlus Genre(s) JRPG ESRB M For Mature 17+ Due To Blood, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence See at Amazon