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Persona 5
Persona 5 Logo
ペルソナ 5
Perusona 5
Game Information
Developer Atlus (P-Studio)
Publisher Atlus
Genre RPG
Platform PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
Release Dates
Flag of Japan September 15, 2016
Flag of the United States 2016
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.


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 his parents' friends at a coffee shop called Sumikon. At school, the protagonist meets up with problem child Ryuji Sakamoto, the withdrawn Anne Takamaki, art student Yusuke Kitagawa, and a talking, shape-shifting cat-like creature known as Morgana.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 a brown-haired mystery boy whose name is currently unknown.

Themes Edit


"You are a slave."


Japan under martial law.


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".[1]

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.[2]


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 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.[3]

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.

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.

Unlike previous Persona games where players have to go though menus in order to give in a command in battle. Persona 5 improved battle system (seen in the PV4 tralier and Staff interview) where players can take advantage of the UI.


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 pistols 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 swords and slingshots. Her Persona is Zorro, after the literary outlaw.
  • 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. His Persona is Goemon, after the legendary Japanese bandit.
  • Makoto Niijima: The student council president, a woman with a strong sense of justice. Uses knuckles and a revolver. 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 a hand-cannon. Her Persona is Milady, after the antagonist Milady DeWinter from The Three Musketeers.[4][5]
  • Crow

Supporting Characters Edit

  • Igor
  • 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.
  • black-haired boy: showed up on an airplane cutscene in Preview#5, looks alike protagonist.

Downloadable Content Edit


Orpheus Picaro and Izanagi Picaro.


Persona 3.


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


Persona 5 took approximately 7 years to create.

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.[6] 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.[7] An American release was confirmed on February 25, 2014 with an originally estimated release in 2015.[8] 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. [9] 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.[10]

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.[11] 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. [12]


Box art
PERSONA5 PS4 box art
PlayStation 4
PERSONA5 PS3 box art
PlayStation 3
General Gallery
Reveal Image
Persona 141212
Concert promotional artwork of the Persona 3 and Persona 4 protagonists alongside the Persona 5 protagonist.
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
Dengeki PlayStation
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
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
Ann 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
The team fighting Sandman and Pyro Jack
All Out Attack P5
All-Out Attack


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 0202:15

ペルソナ5 PV 02

Second Gameplay Trailer

ペルソナ5 PV 0303:55

ペルソナ5 PV 03

Tokyo Game Show 2015 Trailer

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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


  1. To Persona 5 and Beyond, 日本語の投稿って「Dime a Dozen」
  2. Persona 5′s Characters Will Be Restrained By Modern Society, Siliconera
  3. PS4/PS3 Exclusive Persona 5 New Details via Famitsu: "Lead Protagonist, Location, Dungeon Not Random Generated": Updated, Gamepur
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2
  6. Persona 5 uses Atlus' internal engine, Destructoid
  7. Persona 5 domain name registered, IGN
  8. Persona 5 Coming To North America in 2015, Siliconera
  9. Persona 5 Coming To PlayStation 4, Gematsu
  10. Persona 5 Special Movie Blu-ray contents announced, Gematsu
  11. Persona 5 Gets Delayed To Summer 2016 In Japan, Siliconera
  12. ペルソナ5開発室より(お詫び), Persona Channel


  • 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.
  • Persona 5 is the first game in the series to feature Masane Tsukayama as the Japanese voice of Igor, following the death of Isamu Tanonaka, who voiced the character in P3 and P4.
  • 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 Gravity elemental skills, which have not been seen in the franchise since the Persona 2 duology and Megami Ibunroku Persona, respectively.

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