>Why are the Persona games always a generation behind?
Because Fatlus are cheapass jews.
Consoles at the beginning of their lifetimes are expensive to license on(the PS4 right now)
Consoles at the end of their lifetime are cheap to develop on as well as cheap to license. And that's where Fatlus usually strikes.
It's also the phase where you start seeing a lot of visual novels.
Catherine was a bit uncharacteristic gamble from them, I think.