SEGA is looking to expand several Atlus games into live-action movies and TV shows starting with Persona. The company hopes to explore other mediums beyond games, seeing potential for franchises like Persona to flourish in movie or TV formats.
SEGA told IGN that it wants to expand its gaming properties to other mediums including television and movies. Part of this includes adapting several Atlus games like Persona, Shin Megami Tensei and Catherine into live-action movies and TV shows, which has become quite a lucrative market for SEGA following the highly successful Sonic the Hedgehog movies and planned shows to come.
Toru Nakahara, head of entertainment production film and TV for SEGA, stated:
“Atlus’ worlds are filled with high drama, cutting-edge style, and compelling characters. Stories like those from the Persona franchise really resonate with our fans and we see an opportunity to expand the lore like no one has seen — or played — before. Together, SEGA and Atlus, are working to bring these stories and worlds to life through new mediums and for new audiences.”
Persona is no stranger to receiving adaptations beyond gaming, though, as Persona 3, Persona 4 and Persona 5 were all previously turned into popular anime series from Japanese animation studios like AIC ASTA, CloverWorks and A-1 Pictures.
Judging by SEGA’s statement, it wants to turn Persona into more than just anime adaptations but live-action shows and movies as well. This only marks the beginning of its plans for exploring other mediums starting with Atlus’ games library.
Given the lengthy play times for each Persona game, the adaptations would probably suit a multi-seasonal television format better. However, Catherine could easily make for an exciting – if unconventionally bizarre – movie if given to the right director (Edgar Wright, perhaps?). Nonetheless, we’ll probably hear more about these plans in the months to come.
Meanwhile, Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4 Golden and Persona 5 Royal are all coming to Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PC, starting with Persona 5 Royal on 21 October 2022.