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Persona 5
Persona 5 Logo
ペルソナ 5
Perusona 5
Game Information
Developer Atlus (P-Studio)
Publisher Atlus
Deep Silver (PAL)
Genre RPG
Platform PlayStation 3,
PlayStation 4
Release Dates
Flag of Japan September 15, 2016
Flag of the United States February 14, 2017[1]
Flag of Europe TBA
"You are a slave. Want emancipation?"
—Teaser trailer

Persona 5 is the sixth game in the Persona series. It is an upcoming role-playing game developed by Atlus' P-Studio.

PlotEdit

Persona 5 Intro01:36

Persona 5 Intro

Persona 5 intro.

The story focuses on the 16-year-old protagonist after he is transferred to Syujin High School in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently staying with Sojiro Sakura, his parents' friend, at a coffee shop called Cafe Le Blanc. At school, the protagonist meets up with problem student Ryuji Sakamoto, the withdrawn Anne Takamaki, art student Yusuke Kitagawa, and a talking, shape-shifting cat-like creature known as Morgana.

The prologue consists of the protagonist confronting a man who harasses women, and subsequently being detained by the police because of the injuries he inflicts on that man. The protagonist is then sentenced to probation. He becomes a Phantom Thief afterwards to fight against that.

P5 The Palace

The protagonist and Ryuji enter the Palace, a world manifested by corrupt adults.

During the protagonist's time there, feeling suppressed by their environment, the five form a group known as the "Phantom Thieves of Hearts". They work together to explore The Palace, which represents the distorted minds of adults, and the goal of the heroes is to steal hidden "treasure" from the world in order to help reform their targets. During this quest, they confront adult authority figures opposing them, along with a greater enemy revealed by their activities.

Later, more members join the Phantom Thieves: Makoto Niijima, Futaba Sakura, Haru Okumura, and Goro Akechi.

Themes Edit

YouAreASlave

"You are a slave."

Policed1

Japan under martial law.

Police2

Japan under martial law.

While the focus and main theme of Persona 3 is death and the focus of Persona 4 is identity and seeking truth, the main theme of Persona 5 will be slavery - whether it be in the form of slavery to countries, government, authority figures, rules and laws, societal expectations, money, bills, debt, school, jobs, etc. Persona 5 will discuss the hardships of modern-day 21st century society and feature characters that are restrained by the rules set by this society, especially in Japan where the game is set. As a result, players will be confronted with trials and chains that they will have to overcome.

However, the mood and tone will be different. Persona 5 is about how humanity is engaged in a system of slavery, and 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".[2]

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.[3]

CharactersEdit

Main article: List of Persona 5 Characters

Playable Characters Edit

PERSONA5 package visual

The Phantom Thieves with Arsène.

  • Protagonist / The Phantom: The player character and also a delinquent moonlighting as a gentleman thief. He wears a bird mask and uses knives and handguns in combat. His persona is Arsène, after the literary gentleman thief of the same name.
  • 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. His Persona is Captain Kidd, after the notorious privateer-turned-pirate.
  • Anne 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. Her Persona is Carmen, after the heroine of the novella of the same name.
  • 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 cutlasses and slingshots. Her Persona is Zorro, after the literary outlaw.
  • Yusuke Kitagawa: A blue haired art student dressed in a white uniform. He wears a fox mask and uses katanas and rifles. His Persona is Goemon, after the legendary Japanese bandit.
  • Makoto Niijima: The student council president, a woman with a strong sense of justice. Uses brass knuckles and revolvers. Her Persona is Johanna, after the legendary Medieval female Pope.[4][5]
  • Futaba Sakura: A bespectacled girl with orange hair who is the dungeon navigator. She participates in battle through her Persona Necronomicon, named after a mystical book from H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos.[4][5]
  • Haru Okumura: A third-year student and daughter of a major food manufacturer, she is refined but has seen little of life. She fights using axes and grenade launchers. Her Persona is Milady, after the antagonist Milady DeWinter from The Three Musketeers.[4][5]
  • Goro Akechi: A high school student and a detective.

Supporting Characters Edit

GameplayEdit

Daily life Edit

Like Persona 3 and Persona 4, the story takes place over the course of a year.

Players can take do part-time jobs, play video games, going out with friends,go to restaurants, study, go to the movies, play baseball, go to the bathhouse,fishing, exercise in your own home or go to the gym. These certain activities can increase the player's stat performance such as their Max HP and SP. The third trailer released during Tokyo Game Show 2015 also teased a variety of minigames.

The SNS system allows the player player to chat 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.

The Cooperation system will be similar to the Social Links of Persona 3 and Persona 4 and will involve building relationships with helpers around the city for various benefits in battle.[6]

Dungeon and combat Edit

During the prologue, players can select the difficulty from Safety, Easy, Normal and Hard. Like previous Persona titles, the player can not change the difficulty afterwards until the player has finished the game. The player is able to play in "Maniac" difficulty, which is one difficulty level above Hard, but only after completing the game once on a New Game +.

Players engage in combat with demons of unknown origin using both melee and ranged weapons, instead of only one weapon type.

Players can explore a side quest Dungeon called the Mementos where players can traverse by driving a Morgana vehicle where they do certain objectives such as stealing hearts.

Players can plan out their heists depending if the player will do it or not will effect the story. 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 brings back the old way of acquiring Personas: negotiating and making contracts with the Demons, a feature returning from absence since Persona 2, in vein with the Shin Megami Tensei games. Players can trigger a negotiation during a "Hold Up" or an "All Out Attack" during battle. If the player suceeds an All Out Attack, a quick animation shows one of the playable characters that receives the final hit in battle.

While activating into battle when the player is in stealth mode and is able to encounter it in time. The player has a head start during battle displaying "CHANCE". When the player has encountered a "WEAK" spot on the enemy a new feature called a "BATON TOUCH" where players can pass on another character to boost up their stats during battle.

Unlike previous Persona games where players have to go though menus in order to give in a command in battle, Persona 5 has an improved battle system where players can take advantage of the UI.

Downloadable Content Edit

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Orpheus Picaro and Izanagi Picaro.

Persona5DLC2

Persona 3.

Persona5DLC3

Persona 4.

Persona 5 will launch for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in Japan for 8,800 yen on September 15, 2016.

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)
    • 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
  • 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

DevelopmentEdit

The game was first mentioned to be under development in August 2011 in an interview with Katsura Hashino, the producer of the Persona series. 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 uses a new engine.[7] 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.

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.[8] An American release was confirmed on February 25, 2014 with an originally estimated release in 2015.[9] 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. [10] 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.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13]

Related MediaEdit

An anime, titled Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers, is set for release.

GalleryEdit

Box art
 
PERSONA5 PS4 box art
PlayStation 4
 
PERSONA5 PS3 box art
PlayStation 3
General Gallery
 
Persona5
Reveal Image
 
Persona 141212
Concert promotional artwork of the Persona 3 and Persona 4 protagonists alongside the Persona 5 protagonist.
 
StartTheGame
Game Key Visual
 
Persona 5 Special Video Blu-ray Art
Special Movie Blu-ray
 
P5 Wanted Poster
Wanted Poster of the main playable characters
 
P5 illustration by Shigenori Soejima
Illustration by Shigenori Soejima/wallpaper
 
Persona 5 Phantom Thieves
Phantom Thieves
 
Persona 5 Phantom Thieves
Phantom Thieves
Persona 20th Anniversary Edition
 
Persona 5 20th Anniversary Edition
20th Anniversary Edition Collection
 
Persona 5 art book featuring illustrations by Shigenori Soejima
Persona 5 art book
 
Persona 20th Anniversary All-Time Best Album, featuring music from all five main Persona games
Persona 20th Anniversary All-Time Best Album, featuring music from all five main Persona games
 
Persona 5 Art Treasure Box
Persona 5 Art Treasure Box
Dengeki PlayStation
 
P5Cov1
Dengeki PlayStation
 
P5Cov2
Famitsu
 
Persona 5 Protagonist Famitsu
Dengeki PlayStation Page 1
 
P5 DPS-Scan 02-11-15 002
Dengeki PlayStation Page 2
 
P5 DPS-Scan 02-11-15 003
Dengeki PlayStation Page 3
 
P5 DPS-Scan 02-11-15 004
Dengeki PlayStation Page 4
Screenshots
 
P5teasercharacter
The protagonist
 
Protagonist walking through Shibuya P5
The protagonist walking through Shibuya Station with Morgana in his bag
 
Shujin Gakuen Class
The protagonist, seated behind Ann, daydreaming in class
 
Takemi Tae Office
Tae Takemi and the protagonist in her office, with Morgana visible in his school bag
 
Persona 5 Hideout
The group in Sumikon planning their first heist
 
P5 Protag Combat
The protagonist as the Phantom in combat
 
Ann Takamaki Combat
Anne in combat
 
Ryuji Sakamoto Combat
Ryuji in combat
 
P5 Character 5
Yusuke Kitagawa
 
P5 mysterious boy mask
Yusuke's mask
 
P5 mysterious boy unnamed Persona
Yusuke's Persona
 
P5 Enemy Icon
Humans transformed into enemy icons
 
P5 Icon Mask-rip
The Phantom ripping the mask off an enemy icon
 
DemonsP5
The team fighting Sandman and Pyro Jack
 
All Out Attack P5
All-Out Attack
 
P5 Demon NegotIation
Demon Negotiation

VideosEdit

Persona 5 Teaser01:04

Persona 5 Teaser

Persona 5 Teaser 201:27

Persona 5 Teaser 2

ペルソナ5 PV 0102:49

ペルソナ5 PV 01

First Gameplay Trailer

ペルソナ5 PV 0303:55

ペルソナ5 PV 03

Tokyo Game Show 2015 Trailer

ペルソナ5 PV 0404:41

ペルソナ5 PV 04

Release Date Announcement

ペルソナ5 ディレクター橋野桂 インタビュー04:14

ペルソナ5 ディレクター橋野桂 インタビュー

Tokyo Game Show 2015 Interview

STAFF INTERVIEW - 『ペルソナ5』ディレクター 橋野 桂03:20

STAFF INTERVIEW - 『ペルソナ5』ディレクター 橋野 桂

Staff Interview

Persona 5 E3 2016 Trailer04:26

Persona 5 E3 2016 Trailer

E3 2016 Trailer

ペルソナ5 オープニングアニメーション01:36

ペルソナ5 オープニングアニメーション

ReferencesEdit

  1. Persona 5 will Take Your Heart on Valentine’s Day 2017 PlaystationBlog
  2. To Persona 5 and Beyond, 日本語の投稿って「Dime a Dozen」
  3. Persona 5′s Characters Will Be Restrained By Modern Society, Siliconera
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 http://www.siliconera.com/2016/05/10/persona-5-introduces-new-characters-shin-niijima-sakura-futaba-and-haru-okumura/
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 http://personacentral.com/persona-5-character-persona-story-information/
  6. PS4/PS3 Exclusive Persona 5 New Details via Famitsu: "Lead Protagonist, Location, Dungeon Not Random Generated": Updated, Gamepur
  7. Persona 5 uses Atlus' internal engine, Destructoid
  8. Persona 5 domain name registered, IGN
  9. Persona 5 Coming To North America in 2015, Siliconera
  10. Persona 5 Coming To PlayStation 4, Gematsu
  11. Persona 5 Special Movie Blu-ray contents announced, Gematsu
  12. Persona 5 Gets Delayed To Summer 2016 In Japan, Siliconera
  13. ペルソナ5開発室より(お詫び), Persona Channel

TriviaEdit

  • 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 gameplay footage line up correctly with the 2016 calendar; however, the calendar in the game displays the year as 20XX, leaving the exact year ambiguous.
  • According to Hashino, Persona 5 will have the most content out of any of the games he has directed. During an interview with Hashino, Persona 5 is said to have more hours of gameplay than the previous Persona titles to keep long-time fans and newcomers interested.
  • The box art of Persona 5 has a similar style to Persona 4's, in that the main cast is featured surrounding the Protagonist, who stands at the front of the group, with the game's setting and the Protagonist's Persona in the background.
  • Persona 5 includes Nuclear and Psy elemental skills, which have not been seen in the franchise since the Persona 2 duology and Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner, respectively.
  • The Arcana written on the tarot cards use French instead of English, matching the French origin of most initial Personas such as Arsène, Carmen and Milady.

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