Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight, also known as Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night in Japan, is a rhythm game for the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita. The PS4 version of the game is also compatible with PlayStation VR in a limited manner.
Developed by Atlus' P Studio, and simultaneously released alongside Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, it is a spiritual successor to 2015's Persona 4: Dancing All Night. The game features the characters and music of Persona 3, with all-new songs, and remixes as well.
There are two different game modes available in Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight
The "DANCING!" mode is the equivalent of the "Free Dance" mode from Persona 4 Dancing All Night. This is where the player can choose which song they would like to play, and on which difficulty.
Each song has a dancer assigned to it, and they cannot be changed. However, once the player has completed a song, they will get to choose which, if any, additional dancers will support the main one during the song's "Fever Time" sections. Additional partners can be unlocked for songs by clearing the song in question on the game's different difficulty options. Each pairing of dancers has unique choreography, and dialogue between them.
In addendum, if the song is long enough, and features two Fever Time sections, the player can pick a different character for each, or if they so choose, the same one twice. This is a new feature in P3D, since previously in P4D, the latter was the only option. Once a song has been chosen, the player can then customize their dancer or dancers' appearance as they please.
At first, only 4 out of the 25 playable songs are available, but more can be unlocked by simply completing songs on the difficulty of the player's choosing, or by fulfilling various tasks, described inside the brand-new "COMMU" mode.
Replacing the traditional Story Mode from P4D is the COMMU mode. This is where the player can engage in Social Link-like events with the members of the Special Extracurricular Execution Squad, and the "Lethal Elevator Attendant", Elizabeth.
Starting out, each character has 5 COMMU scenes that can be viewed after they have been unlocked. These scenes can be accessed by completing various tasks. The tasks are different for each character, and they include everything from hitting notes well enough and for enough times, to simply outfitting the dancers with all sorts of costumes and gear for their dance routines. The requirements for their completion can be seen on each characters' respective pages.
As an example, to unlock Aigis' first COMMU scene, the player must hit a total of 1000 notes with the "PERFECT" rating during gameplay, and to unlock the second tier, they must reach a total of 3000, and so on and so forth.
Once the player has seen all 5 COMMU scenes for a character, 3 more scenes will become available for unlocking, bringing the total amount of event scenes for each character to 8.
During a character's sixth scene, the player character will be invited to their friend's room in the Iwatodai Dorm. After the scene is over, the player gets the ability to roam around the room, from a first-person perspective, and with some very basic controls like walking and crouching. Some of the Persona Users' rooms could be seen and even visited in Persona 3 and its re-releases, but this is the first time the player has the ability to look around them freely.
This is also where the PlayStation VR headset can be used to look around the room in more detail, but the rooms are fully explorable without one, as well.
Whatever items the room's owner has laying around can inspected, and the player character will comment on what it is that they're seeing, whether it's a poster of a boy band in Yukari's room, or a crate filled with belts of gatling gun ammunition in Aigis'. Each time the player visits, the rooms will be in a different state of order, or disorder (especially in Junpei's case), and so for each visit there's always a little something new to find and poke at.
Furthermore, Elizabeth has prepared a treasure hunt for each of the remaining 3 COMMU scenes, her's being the exception. Once an event that takes place in someone's room is over, the player must do some searching around to find Prize Cards, left behind by Elizabeth. Once the player finds a card (each usually hidden better than the last), they're rewarded with various costumes, or accessories as prizes. The cards are accompanied by a sound effect, which makes finding them a little easier.
All COMMU scenes can be replayed from the menu, once seen. This includes the scenes 6 through 8, after which the SEES members' rooms can be explored. This can be useful, in case the player simply cannot find a hidden prize card during their initial visit, and would like to return to it later, for example.
The game has a total of 16 dancers, six of which are downloadable. Each character has their own dancing style that is unique to them: The endearingly eccentric Elizabeth seems to have taken a page out of Madonna's book of voguing, whereas the captain of the Gekkoukan High School boxing team, Akihiko, can clearly be seen incorporating some shadowboxing into his routine.
Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight's cast of playable characters includes most of the Special Extracurricular Execution Squad, and their partners in time:
- Makoto Yuki
- Yukari Takeba
- Mitsuru Kirijo
- Akihiko Sanada
- Junpei Iori
- Fuuka Yamagishi
- Ken Amada
- Margaret (Only available as a supporting dancer during Elizabeth's dance routine.)
Additionally, more dancers will be purchasable as downloadable content, after the game has been released:
- Shinjiro Aragaki
- Goro Akechi
- Sho Minazuki
- Labrys (In addition to having her own song, she is also available as a supporting dancer during Elizabeth's dance routine in the standard version of the game, free of charge.)
Series' main composer Shoji Meguro, and the many music producers of Atlus have once again come together with a number of guest composers from Japan's game, and music industries to collaborate on the soundtrack of Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight.
Yuyoyuppe, a composer whose work with Vocaloid software got him noticed by the masses, has remixed the emotional, Yumi Kawamura-sung "Brand New Days" into a double-pedaled headbanger of a heavy metal version. Meanwhile, sasakure.UK has turned one of the hip-hop, and rock-influenced battle themes of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth into a more upbeat, and electronic version of its former self.
The song list of Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight features 25 playable songs, and an additional 30 have been confirmed as downloadable content post-launch, bringing the total number of playable songs available for the game to 55.
An overview of the downloadable songs' release schedule and pricing is located below the track list of songs included on the standard version of the game, but further details can be found on the games' official websites, and on the PlayStation Store.
|Song Title||Dancer||First Appearance|
|Aria of the Soul (t.komine Remix)||Elizabeth||AT1st ~Persona3 & Persona4~ Club Arrange (originally Persona 3)^|
|The Battle for Everyone's Souls (Daisuke Asakura Remix)|
Akihiko, Junpei, Ken, and Makoto
|Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight (originally Persona 3)|
|Brand New Days||Music video*||Persona 3 FES|
|Brand New Days (Yuyoyuppe Remix)||Makoto||Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight|
|Burn My Dread||Everyone (-Elizabeth)||Persona 3|
|Burn My Dread -Last Battle-||Music video||Persona 3|
|Burn My Dread (Novoiski Remix)||Mitsuru||AT1st ~Persona3 & Persona4~ Club Arrange|
|Deep Breath Deep Breath (Yuu Miyake Remix)||Junpei||Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight (originally Persona 3)|
|Deep Mentality (Lotus Juice Remix)||Junpei||Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight (originally Persona 3)|
|Heartful Cry (ATLUS Konishi Remix)||Aigis||Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight (originally Persona 3 FES)|
|Laser Beam (PERSONA SUPER LIVE P-SOUND BOMB !!!! 2017)||Music video||Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth|
|Light the Fire Up in the Night "KAGEJIKAN" + "MAYONAKA"||Akihiko||Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth|
|Light the Fire Up in the Night "KAGEJIKAN" + "MAYONAKA" (sasakure.UK Remix)||Ken||Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight|
|Mass Destruction ("P3" + "P3F" ver.)||Makoto||Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight (originally Persona 3)|
|Mass Destruction (Tetsuya Kobayashi Remix)||Ken||Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight|
|Memories of You (ATLUS Meguro Remix)|
Aigis, Fuuka, Yukari, and Mitsuru
|Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight (originally Persona 3)|
|Moonlight Serendipity||Music video||Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight|
|Our Moment (Opening version)||Music video||Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight|
|Soul Phrase||Akihiko||Persona 3 Portable|
|Time (ATLUS Kitajoh Remix)||Fuuka||Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight (originally Persona 3 Portable)|
|Want To Be Close (ATOLS Remix)||Yukari||Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight (originally Persona 3)|
|A Way of Life (ATLUS Kitajoh Remix)||Aigis||Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight (originally Persona 3 Portable)|
|When the Moon's Reaching Out Stars||Mitsuru||Persona 3|
|When the Moon's Reaching Out Stars (Hideki Naganuma Remix)||Yukari||Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight|
|Wiping All Out (ATLUS Kozuka remix)||Fuuka||Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight (originally Persona 3 Portable)|
^"AT1st ~Persona3 & Persona4~ Club Arrange" is an official remix album that was released in 2013. As the name implies, it features nine new arrangements for songs from Personas 3 and 4. Its release coincided with the Persona Music FES 2013, a live music festival that took place in the Nippon Budokan stadium, in Chiyoda, Tokyo.
*This song does not have a dancer assigned to it. Instead, a playable, but non-interactive music video plays in the background.
Atlus has planned to release a total of 30 new songs as downloadable content, after the games' release. These songs include the downloadable dancers listed above, as well as playable music videos. The core gameplay remains the same between the two, although the music videos naturally have none of the character customization available to them.
All downloadable dancers and playable music videos are supported by both, and all versions of Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight, and Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight.
This means that even if the player owns both games, one on the Vita, and one on the PS4, and buys Shinjiro for example, they can play as him in either game and on either platform, without having to make separate purchases for each game.
The release schedule for the Japanese versions of the games can be seen below.
|Dance!||Free||MV*||Theme song of Persona 4: Dancing All Night.|
|GROOVY||Free||MV||Full version of the theme song of Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight.|
|More Than One Heart||¥350||MV||Theme song of the first Persona 3 movie, "Spring of Birth" that features scenes from the movie as the visuals.|
|Our Moment||Free||MV||Full version of the theme song of Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight.|
|Voice feat. Koromaru (ATLUS Tsuchiya Remix)||¥350||MV||Remix of the song from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, featuring an animated music video about the canine member of S.E.E.S.|
*MV, short for Music Video, means that this song does not have a dancer assigned to it. Instead, a playable music video plays in the background.
|The Battle for Everyone's Souls||¥800||Dance||This song from Persona 3 features Shinjiro Aragaki as a playable dancer.|
|Beneath The Mask||¥800||Dance||This song from Persona 5 features Lavenza as a playable dancer.|
|BREAK IN TO BREAK OUT||?||MV||Non-credits version of the opening animation of "Persona 5 the Animation".|
|Break Out Of... (ATLUS Kitajoh Remix)||¥800||Dance||This song from Persona 4 Arena Ultimax features Sho Minazuki as a playable dancer.|
|Dream of Butterfly||?||MV||Opening animation of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona.|
|Fate is in Our Hands||?||MV||Theme song of the second Persona 3 movie, "Midsummer Knight's Dream".|
|INFINITY||?||MV||Non-credits version of the ending animation of "Persona 5 the Animation".|
|Jika Net Tanaka feat. President Tanaka||?||MV||A remix of the theme song of the in-universe TV show "Tanaka's Amazing Commodities".|
|Let's Go! Phoenix Ranger Featherman||?||MV||Theme song of the in-universe TV show.|
|Mass Destruction (PERSONA MUSIC FES 2013)||?||MV||Live performance of the song from Persona 3.|
|Snow Queen (ATLUS Tsuchiya Remix)||?||MV||Remix of the song from Revelations: Persona.|
|Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There||Free||MV||Opening animation of Persona 5.|
|A Way of Life -Deep inside my mind Remix-||¥800||Dance||This song from Persona 3 Portable features Theodore as a playable dancer.|
|The Battle for Everyone's Souls (PERSONA SUPER LIVE P-SOUND BOMB !!!! 2017)||?||MV||Live performance of the song from Persona 3.|
|Burn My Dread||?||MV||Opening animation of Persona 3.|
|Memories of You||?||MV||Non-credits version of the end credits of Persona 3|
|Opening||?||MV||Opening animation of Persona 2: Innocent Sin.|
|P3 FES||?||MV||Opening animation of Persona 3 FES.|
|Pursuing My True Self||?||MV||Opening animation of Persona 4.|
|Shadow World||?||MV||Opening animation of Persona 4 Golden.|
|Soul Phrase||?||MV||Opening animation of Persona 3 Portable.|
|Today||?||Dance||This song from Persona 4 Arena Ultimax features Labrys as a playable dancer.|
|unbreakable tie||?||MV||Opening animation of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2 - Innocent Sin|
|The Whims of Fate (PERSONA SUPER LIVE P-SOUND BOMB !!!! 2017)||?||MV||Live performance of the song from Persona 5.|
|Will Power||¥800||Dance||This song from Persona 5 features Goro Akechi as a playable dancer.|
Persona Dancin' All-Star Triple Pack
- PS4 disc of Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight
- PS4 disc of Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight
- PS4 digital copy of Persona 4: Dancing All Night
- 4-disc soundtrack featuring over 60 songs
- Price: ¥16,880
Persona Dancin' Deluxe Twin Plus
- PSVita copy of Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight
- PSVita copy of Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight
- Atlus Selection Assorted Costumes DLC Set (15 costumes)
- 4-disc soundtrack featuring over 60 songs
- Price: ¥15,780