|Platform||PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4|
|September 15, 2016|
- "You are a slave. Want emancipation?"
- —Teaser trailer
Persona 5 is an upcoming role-playing game developed by Atlus' P-Studio.
The game was first mentioned to be under development in August 2011 in an interview between Katsura Hashino, the producer of the Persona series and Famitsu, the Japanese gaming magazine with the most circulation, even though he only called it "the next numbered title". Hashino confirmed that the basic preparations for the development were finished and announced the return of Shigenori Soejima and Shoji Meguro as character designer and music composer, respectively. Both Soejima and Meguro previously worked together with Hashino on Persona 3, Persona 4 and Catherine.
Unlike Catherine, which used the Gamebryo engine, Persona 5 will be made with a new engine. Before it was decided that the game would be released exclusively for the PlayStation 3, it was also discussed internally to move the series to mobile gaming devices like the PlayStation Vita or smartphones. Eventually, Hashino and his team chose the PlayStation 3 as they felt that fans would love to see another game for home consoles.
The story of Persona 5 will discuss the hardships of modern-day society and feature characters that are restrained by the rules set by this society. As a result, players will be confronted with trials and chains that they will have to overcome. Much like the previous installments of the series the game is set in a high school - however, the mood and tone will be different. Hashino explains that Persona 5 is about a kind of freedom that is different from the other games in the series. This freedom is meant to liberate those who "are bored and discontent with their lives". Despite this, Atlus expects and wants players of Persona 3 and Persona 4 to feel at home with this game. Persona 5 is meant to be an emotional experience that stirs up its audience and finally lets them go with a strong message of catharsis after everything is said and done.
Persona 5 was officially revealed on November 24, 2013 following a 72-hour countdown that eventually resulted in a series of announcements that included Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth and Persona 4: Dancing All Night. A Persona 5 website domain was previously registered on June 25th, 2013 by Index Corporation, the former parent company of Atlus. An American release was confirmed on February 25, 2014 with an originally estimated release in 2015. A PlayStation 4 version of the game was announced on September 1, 2014 during Sony's Tokyo Game Show conference with a new trailer that gave a first look on the setting and the game's protagonist.  A bonus Blu-Ray containing a variety of Persona 5 related content was released as preorder bonus for the Japanese version of Persona 4: Dancing All Night on June 25, 2015, which also included the second trailer for the game. .
On September 17, 2015 a third trailer for Persona 5 was shown as part of the company's Tokyo Game Show 2015 broadcast which revealed that the release date would be postponed to Summer 2016. According to Katsura Hashino, this decision was made so that game could become the biggest out of all the games he has directed so far. 
Players engage in combat with demons of unknown origin using both melee and ranged weapons, instead of only one weapon type.
The primary dungeons are not randomly generated, consisting mainly of places a phantom thief would want to infiltrate, and will feature elements of real-time gameplay such as platforming, stealth, and traps. The game also incorporates a new way of aquiring new Personas, even though the exact way has not been detailed yet.
The third trailer released during Tokyo Game Show 2015 also teased a variety of minigames.
The SNS system seen in the PV03 trailer will have players chatting with other characters using phone text messages. This will allow players to personalize and expand their stories.
Players will be able to explore various locations in the Greater Tokyo Area, as seen in trailers.
- Protagonist / The Phantom: The player character and also a delinquent moonlighting as a gentleman thief. He wears a bird mask and uses knives and pistols in combat.
- Ryuji Sakamoto: A blonde-haired boy who attends the protagonist's school and joins him in his heists. He wears a skull mask and wields bludgeons and shotguns as weapons.
- Ann Takamaki: A blonde girl in the protagonist's homeroom, who joins him in his heists. She wears a cat mask and uses whips and sub-machine guns.
- Morgana: A shape-shifting cat-like creature that meets the protagonist at the start of the game and joins him in his heists; she has some sort of connection to the Seven Deadly Sins and will play a key role in the story. She wields swords and slingshots.
- Yusuke Kitagawa: A blue haired boy dressed in a white uniform, he is first seen in the first trailer near the beginning (though barely recognizable); in the trailer that comes with Dancing All Night he is seen painting writings about the crew. He appears to be an ally in the third trailer. He wears a fox mask and can be briefly seen running down the pyramid and away from the large ball with the rest of the group.
- Caroline and Justine: Two young assistants to Igor in the Velvet Room. They both wear an eyepatch over one of their eyes and a blue prison guard outfit. One has a long braid, the other hair buns.
- Iwai Munehisa: Owner of the Military Shop Untouchable.
- Tae Takemi: Owner of the Takemi Medical Clinic.
Downloadable Content Edit
Persona 5 will launch for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in Japan for 8,800 yen on September 15, Atlus announced.
A 13,800 yen 20th Anniversary Edition will include the following additional content:
- A copy of Persona 5
- Persona 5 art book
- Persona 20th Anniversary All-Time Best Album (five CDs)
- Special Collaboration DLC Set #1: “Orpheus Picaro” and “Izanagi Picaro”
- Special Collaboration DLC Set #2: Persona 3 “Gekkoukan High School Uniform” costumes and Persona 3 battle BGM set
- Special Collaboration DLC Set #3: Persona 4 “Yasogami High School Uniform” costumes and Persona 4 battle BGM set
- Special Custom Theme
- Special Persona 5 Art treasure box
- Disc 1: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona
- Disc 2: Persona 2: Innocent Sin / Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
- Disc 3: Persona 3 (FES)
- Disc 4: Persona 4 (The Golden)
- Disc 5: Persona 5
Concert promotional artwork of the Persona 3 and Persona 4 protagonists alongside the Persona 5 protagonist.
Game Key Visual
Persona 5 Special Movie Blu-ray
Persona 5 Wanted Poster of the main playable characters
Persona 5 illustration by Shigenori Soejima/wallpaper
Persona 5 2/12 issues of Dengeki PlayStation and Famitsu covers
Dengeki PlayStation Page 1
Dengeki PlayStation Page 2
Dengeki PlayStation Page 3
Dengeki PlayStation Page 4
The protagonist walking through Shibuya Station with Morgana in his bag
The protagonist, seated behind Ann, daydreaming in class
Tae Takemi and the protagonist in her office, with Morgana visible in his school bag
The group in Sumikon planning their first heist
The protagonist as the Phantom in combat
Ann in combat
Ryuji in combat
Humans transformed into enemy icons
The Phantom ripping the mask off an enemy icon
- ↑ Persona 5 uses Atlus' internal engine, Destructoid
- ↑ To Persona 5 and Beyond, 日本語の投稿って「Dime a Dozen」
- ↑ Persona 5′s Characters Will Be Restrained By Modern Society, Siliconera
- ↑ Persona 5 domain name registered, IGN
- ↑ Persona 5 Coming To North America in 2015, Siliconera
- ↑ Persona 5 Coming To PlayStation 4, Gematsu
- ↑ Persona 5 Special Movie Blu-ray contents announced, Gematsu
- ↑ Persona 5 Gets Delayed To Summer 2016 In Japan, Siliconera
- ↑ ペルソナ５開発室より（お詫び）, Persona Channel
- ↑ PS4/PS3 Exclusive Persona 5 New Details via Famitsu: "Lead Protagonist, Location, Dungeon Not Random Generated": Updated, Gamepur
- Unlike previous Persona titles, which were set in fictional locations, Persona 5 takes place in Tokyo, primarily in the Shibuya ward.
- The dates shown in the gameplay trailer coincide with the 2016 calendar, suggesting the game may take place in that year.
- Official North American website
- Official Japanese website
- Official PlayStation Japan software website
|Playable||Protagonist - Ryuji Sakamoto - Ann Takamaki - Morgana - Yusuke Kitagawa - Futaba Sakura|
|Other||Igor - Caroline and Justine - Iwai Munehisa - Tae Takemi|
|Field||Shibuya - Shujin High School - Sumikon - Velvet Room - The Palace|
|Terminology||Persona - Shadow - Demon - Cooperation - All-Out Attack - Cut-in - Weather Forecast - Mask - Phantom Thieves of Hearts - Isekainabi|
|Lists||Arcana - Personas - Demons - Bosses - Items|