Dev says Persona 3 Reloaded won't be getting a Gold or Royal Expanded Edition anytime soon

Developer Atlus has said that Persona 3 Reload won't be getting an extended release similar to Persona 4's Golden or Persona 5's Royal anytime soon.

In an interview with GamerWKTranslated by Central characterPersona Team Production Manager Kazuhisa Wada has insisted that fans can purchase Persona 3 Reload with confidence that they won't need to upgrade any time soon.

“At the moment, we are not considering a revision like Persona 5 to Persona 5 Royal, which included major changes and additions to the original title,” Wada said. “Fans can rest assured knowing that Persona 3 Reload delivers a complete experience.”

Much more than just releasing a game of the year or similar product, the likes of Persona 4 Golden and Persona 5 Royal added a significant portion of story and gameplay to the core numbered titles a few years after their release, typically expanding the already massive role-playing games by 10 to 20 hours.

The original Persona 3 had two of them in Persona 3 FES and Persona 3 Portable, both of which arrived years after the main game and made countless changes and improvements, such as a post-game story and another protagonist.

Persona 3 Reload is only a complete remake of the original, so it doesn't include any of these additions, leaving some fans wondering if an expanded edition with this content is around the corner. Wada's warranty is consistent with Atlus' typical release schedule, with expanded editions typically arriving three or four years after the base game. By the same logic, the theoretical upgrade to Persona 3 Reload won't arrive until 2027 at the earliest.

Persona 3 Reload arrives today, February 2, on PlayStation 4, 5, Xbox One, Series A Nintendo Switch version hasn't been announced yet, though Persona 3 Reload game director Takuya Yamaguchi said it's not out of the question.

In our 9/10 review, IGN said: “With an excellent visual overhaul and countless small but impactful changes, Persona 3 Reload tells a timeless story of tragedy and hope with searing emotional sincerity.”

Ryan Dinsdale is a freelance reporter at IGN. He'll talk about The Witcher all day long.

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