Persona 4 Golden
|Persona 4 Golden|
Also known as: Persona 4 The Golden (JP)
In Persona 4 Golden,
Scoob Teddie and the gang gather clues and track down a serial killer in the small town of Inaba. This updated version added new Social Links, a new Dungeon, new difficulty settings, new Personas, a new Epilogue, and all sorts of other little tweaks and adjustments to the much-loved PS2 original.
The game also made a surprise rerelease on PC in 2020, introducing the series to a new audience and allowing players to bask in those PS2-era graphics at 4k 60fps.
Leftover Persona 3 scripts, more debug text, some potentially unused graphics, and some more texture oddities.
| Unused Text|
Yo, Protag. Did you plant corny jokes? 'Cuz you got maize for DAYS.
A simple pyramid. There are two copies of it named light_test and editor. There's a duplicate of the editor model in a slightly different format. It features a wider base.
A generic placeholder cut-in portrait. This text is only seen upon rendering the model. There are multiple copies of this model.
A placeholder animation for Rise's cut-in portrait during an all out attack. The text that falls into place says (temp). The animation speed is estimated.
This flat model appears to resemble the pink outline used for Rise's portrait during an all out attack (seen on the right). The model is curiously placed among attack effect models.
Placeholder & Test Graphics
A battle related graphic that says "trash".
A test HUD that reads "12/24 金 放課後", which translates to "12/24 Friday After School".
A tiny Jack Frost image used for effect-related tests.
This is a small version of Izanagi, Yu Narukami's main persona. It's used as a placeholder for persona portraits.
A small and large placeholder tarot card that says "異邦人 (仮)", or "Stranger (Temp)".
An old-style piece of Rise artwork, used in the placeholder cut-in animation seen above.
A portrait of the gas station attendant. There is a censor bar over the eyes, and "(Dummy)" written on top.
A placeholder location image for Shichiri Beach. The text reads "Shichiri Beach Rain & Fog (Temp)". The background image here is identical to the road near the Samegawa Flood Plain.
A placeholder location image for Okina City. The text reads "Okina City mostly sunny (Temp)". This background image does not match any background used in the game.
The portraits in this section were found among some cut-in graphics for the navigator when exploring dungeons. The larger square ones may have been intended for non-dungeon scenes though, as is the case with Yukari's in Persona 3.
Two cut-in portraits for Naoto. Naoto's chin in the second portrait appears to be modified to some extent.
A similar set of portraits for Rise. The squished portrait here has some splicing going on, which is most evident on Rise's cheeks.
This third portrait of Rise features a lighter hair tone and lacks a gradient on her skin. It's also vertically squished in comparison to the final portrait.
A portrait for Yukari Takeba, along with a backing visual effect. This portrait was used in Persona 3, but cropped to some extent. There are multiple copies of these images.
A full size portrait for Yukari. Comes equipped with an over-saturated blinking frame.
An image of Orpheus, the Persona 3 protagonist's main persona. This is used as a placeholder for persona portraits.
An overlay effect used for testing. The version on the right is a restoration of what the image should look like. The original image found in the game files is broken due to an unintentional LF→CRLF/CR→CRLF conversion. The image in its broken state can be found in Atlus titles as far back as Persona 3 Portable.
Cut-in portraits for the male and female protagonists from Persona 3. There are vertically and horizontally cropped versions. The female protagonist only appeared in Persona 3 Portable.
Close up cut-in portraits for various characters from Persona 3. In order, they are the female protagonist, Koromaru, Shinjiro Aragaki, Takaya Sakaki, Jin Shirato, Chidori Yoshino, Elizabeth, Theodore, and Margaret.
Some cut-in backgrounds found alongside the Persona 3 cut-in portraits.
A portrait of the Dojima family, meant for a picture frame. This image uses a piece of Ryotaro Dojima's concept art.
A set of sideways facing glasses are hidden on the alpha channel of every Rise navigation portrait.
Portraits and a few other graphics feature a hidden layer of data where the alpha channel is set to zero. Therefore, it is only possible to see this extra data by ignoring all alpha channels (and subsequently losing transparency). Most portraits in Persona 4 Golden have a large portion at the bottom that is never seen in the game. This Yosuke portrait for example has some French text on the t-shirt that would have otherwise not been seen. The text on Yosuke's shirt appears to say "Tu voi(s) | Je suis fai(t)", which translates to "You see | I am made".
These two textures are used for some hologram projections in the Secret Laboratory dungeon. These are actually excerpts from a French Huffington Post article about a Japanese agricultural minister who resigned.
The entire section of text below is used in the second texture. The text in the first texture is bold:
|Le premier gouvernement formé par Abe avait collectionné scandales et faux-pas, et le dirigeant conservateur de 52 ans a procédé à un remaniement, lundi dernier, pour tenter de regagner en popularité après la défaite de la coalition au pouvoir dans les élections du 29 juillet, qui ont donné à l'opposition une majorité à la Chambre haute du parlement.|
Le ministre, Takehiko Endo, avait avoué samedi que l'organisation qu'il avait dirigée avait illégalement touché 1,15 million de yens (9.900 dollars) de fonds publics sans en informer Abe avant sa nomination.
Endo, 68 ans, qui avait rechigné à accepter ce poste marqué par de précédentes défections, a confirmé sa démission lundi lors d'une conférence de presse donnée après un entretien avec Abe, dans sa résidence officielle.
Le premier ministre de l'Agriculture d'Abe s'était suicidé à cause d'une autre affaire. Le deuxième avait été limogé en raison d'allégations d'irrégularités dans ses comptes de campagne.
UN ÉTAT DE GRÂCE FRAGILE
Deux autres ministres du premier...
The text in the first texture translates to:
|The minister, Takehiko Endo, admitted on Saturday that the organization he directed has illegally obtained 1.15 million yen (9,900 dollars) of public funds without informing Abe before his nomination.|
Endo, 68 years old, who begrudged his position marked with previous defections, has confirmed his resignation at a press conference after an interview with Abe, in his official residence.
The prime minister of the Agriculture of Abe has committed suicide because of another case.
Tohru Adachi's police badge is not easily seen in-game. The texture uses a piece of Adachi's concept art for the portrait.
Having more detail is always a good thing.
|This needs some investigation.|
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: Are these events also present in the original Vita version's files? Also, the comments of the linked video indicate that there are more unused events besides these ones.
The PC version's files include data for an evening job at Junes, events at the beach and ski resort, and renting DVDs from the video rental store at Okina. The player would've been able to watch the DVDs at home to extract a skill card from their equipped Persona, a feature that is instead handled by visiting Chagall Cafe at Okina in the final game. The DVD rental concept would later appear in Persona 5, though in that game, they're used to boost social stats rather than for skill cards.
Voice Actor Interviews
The Japanese and Korean versions of the game feature interviews with twelve voice actors for main characters in the TV Listings and you'd have to unlock them by maxing out the Social Links with the characters. This bonus feature was not redone for the English-speaking releases with the English voice actors, most likely because of union issues, and was instead cut entirely for those versions. The models used for the Japanese voice actors interviews remain in the localized releases of the game. The models and their associated character and (actor) names can be seen below.
|Yu Narukami (Daisuke Namikawa)||Yosuke Hanamura (Shotaro Morikubo)||Chie Satonaka (Yui Horie)|
|Yukiko Amagi (Ami Koshimizu)||Kanji Tatsumi (Tomokazu Seki)||Teddie (Kappei Yamaguchi)|
|Rise Kujikawa (Rie Kugimiya)||Naoto Shirogane (Romi Park)||Tohru Adachi (Mitsuaki Madono)|
|Ryotaro Dojima (Unsho Ishizuka)||Nanako Dojima (Akemi Kanda)||Marie (Kana Hanazawa)|