My P5 checklist includes: Meguro on music. A darker storyline. And leave P4 characters out. I've had enough of friendship forever rainbows in my Persona.
I agree. I'm not vehemently anti-P4 and while I do like it, a darker storyline (and I don't necessarily means teenage angst, unless it's cleverly implemented) just gives many more possibilities for the narrative in a game that, after all, is about the characters' psychology. I could understand why people would want to keep the light atmosphere if Persona became defined by the social link aspect of the story, ie the slice of life, but I really hope the series doesn't regress into that hole. However, considering the success of the last two Persona entries, the financial pressure upon the development team is probably so great that I doubt they will deviate too much from those at this point.
Can't they just whore out the P4 to oblivion with different side games and ports and porn comics and fund all the other projects from that revenue? Would be nice.