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New Persona 3 Reload Trailer Showcases Struggle Against Shadows

A screenshot of Persona 3 Reload depicting the Hero, Yukari and Junpei initiating a team attack in battle.

Atlus released a new Persona 3 Reload trailer during the Game Awards 2023 titled “The Meaning of Life”. It features new gameplay footage and highlights the eclectic cast of characters we meet around Tatsumi Port Island. Check it out below!

Persona 3 Reload – The Meaning of Life

As seen above, the trailer highlights the protagonist, Minato, trying their best to live a meaningful life within Tatsumi Port Island. We see clips of fully-voiced Social Links, frenetic battles within the occult mega-dungeon Tartarus, and vacations galore, among a myriad number of activities players might experience in a single school year. The trailer also includes a new rendition of “Burn My Dread”, the original theme song of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3.


Persona 3 Reload acts as a full-scale remake of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3, which was originally released in the West in 2007. It is expected to contain graphical and functional quality-of-life improvements to bring it in line with modern entries.

Reload tells the story of a group of high school students known as SEES as they contend against a mysterious occurrence known as the Dark Hour, a portion of time between one day and the next. Within the Dark Hour is an imposing tower known as Tartarus from which hostile creatures known as the Shadows come, preying and hurting human beings. The members of SEES seek to scale Tartarus and fight the Shadows using Personas, which are manifestations of their individual psyches.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 stands as my all-time favorite game and RPG. I’m enthusiastically awaiting what Reload does to change and hone both its setting, writing, and gameplay for a modern audience and whether it will be successful against its contemporaries. It won’t beat the memories that I have of the original, but I hope it’ll perhaps inspire others to connect with the world around them more as it did me when I was a teenager long ago.

Persona 3 Reload will launch on February 2nd, 2024, for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC via Steam. The title will also be available on Xbox Game Pass upon its release.

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Trent Argirov

Trent Argirov

Trent is a news editor for RPGFan. If not writing news or lending a voice to the odd podcast, he can be seen, in the Australian wild, drinking copious amounts of iced coffee, working on various manuscripts, and keeping the occasional wandering cat company. His video game backlog stretches far and wide, and sources swear he's slowly working on it, one day at a time.

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