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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
Flag of Europe February 14, 2017
"You are a slave. Want emancipation?"
—Teaser trailer

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

Persona 5 follows a group of troubled high school students: the protagonist and a collection of compatriots he meets who live dual lives as rebellious Phantom Thieves. They are seeking freedom and liberation in a toxic and dangerous world that often feels like a corrupt prison full of slavery, oppression and injustice. They undertake fantastical adventures by using otherworldly powers to enter the hearts of people in order to re-shape and transform them. The Phantom Thieves realize that society forces people to wear masks to protect their inner vulnerabilities, and by literally ripping off their protective mask to unleash their Personas and confronting their inner selves do the heroes awaken their inner power, and using it to help those in need. Ultimately, the group of Phantom Thieves seeks to change their day-to-day world to match their perception, end slavery and see through the masks modern society wears.


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.

In the prologue, the protagonist is seen confronting a man harassing a woman, and subsequently being detained by the police because of the injuries he inflicts on that man. The protagonist is then sentenced to probation and is sent to Tokyo to attend Syujin.

He is currently staying with Sojiro Sakura, his parents' friend, at a coffee shop called Cafe Le Blanc. At Syujin, the protagonist meets problem student Ryuji Sakamoto and his classmate Ann Takamaki. The protagonist also meets a talking, shape-shifting cat-like creature known as Morgana, who accompanies him everywhere he goes.

P5 The Palace

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

During the protagonist's time there, he, Morgana, Ryuji, and Ann awaken to their Personas and form the "Phantom Thieves of Hearts". Feeling suppressed by their environment, the thieves 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 reform their targets. The Palace is full of hideous monsters called Shadows, which are born, manifested and thrive from the darkness in humanity's hearts.

Later, more Persona-users join the Phantom Thieves: art student Yusuke Kitagawa, student council president Makoto Niijima, shut-in Futaba Sakura, rich girl Haru Okumura, and the mysterious Goro Akechi.

Themes Edit


"You are a slave."

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, governments, corrupt authority figures, rules and laws, societal expectations, media, 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]

The bosses are themed after the Seven Deadly Sins.


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.
  • 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. 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; he has some sort of connection to the Seven Deadly Sins and will play a key role in the story. He wields cutlasses and slingshots. His 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Goro Akechi: A high school student and a detective. His Persona is Robin Hood.

Supporting Characters Edit

  • Igor: The man who operates the Velvet Room.
  • 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.
  • Sojiro Sakura: Owner of a coffee shop Cafe Le Blanc and a friend of the protagonist's parents' who looks after him while he is in Tokyo.
  • Sae Niijima: Makoto's older sister and a Public Prosecutor responsible for the Phantom Thieves of Hearts' case.
  • Masayoshi Shido: A powerful politician who threatens to use his connections to sue anyone who stands against him as he did with the protagonist before the events of the game.


Daily life Edit

Tokyo walk

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.

Like Persona 3 and Persona 4, the story takes place over the course of a year and the player must balance high school life and saving the world.

The Protagonist lives in the attic of Cafe Le Blanc. Players can explore various locations in the Greater Tokyo Area and travel using the subway system. Players can take part-time jobs, play video games, go 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, make equipement in battle, messages, watch TV, go to the clinic. These certain activities can increase the player's stat performance such as their Max HP and SP. There are also a variety of minigames.


The Thieves texting on their phones.

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.

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]

Dungeon and combat Edit

PERSONA 5 PROLOGUE INTRO (english sub)17:52


Prologue gameplay (gameplay begins at 2:15).

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 "Challenge" difficulty as DLC which is one difficulty level above Hard, but only after completing the game once on a New Game +.

Players engage in combat with demons called "shadows" 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 if they fail within the deadline like Persona 4 is an instant game over. 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, puzzles, 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 succeeds an All-Out Attack, a quick animation shows one of the playable characters that receives the final hit in battle.

Baton Touch

Ann using Baton Touch to give her turn to Ryuji.

While activating into battle when the player is in stealth mode and is able to encounter it in time.This can be prevented if the players defeats a certain number of demons within the dungeon. 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. If the player fails in stealth, the meter boss will increase, if the player gets caught the battle will start displaying the text "DANGER" giving the enigmas the head start during battle allowing the enemies to become aware of the players presence until it's reaches 100% you are immediatley forced to leave the dungeon.

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. Although the mechanic elements in battle are similar like the in previous titles.

Online features Edit

In an optional networking system, players can step in to make battles and enemy encounters a little easier. These could be considered an evolution of the online features in Persona 4 Golden.

The Phantom Thieves Alliance allows players to opt in and can pitch in during battles and dungeon-crawling.

Special editions Edit

In Japan Edit


Orpheus Picaro and Izanagi Picaro.


Persona 3.


Persona 4.

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

A 13,800 yen 20th Anniversary Edition includes 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 (standard version) is bundled with PlayStation 4 Slim (1 TB) in a limited package as Sony announces the Slim models of PS4 in September 2016. The package will be sold for 39,980 yen on the day of the game's initial release, which is 5,000 yen more than buying the console alone but saves 3,800 yen than buying the standard version of the game and the console separately.[4][5]

In North America and Europe Edit

Persona 5 will launch for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in both North America and Europe on February 14th, 2017. There are three editions for both North America and Europe. It is unknown if they will include the Japanese DLC.

Take Your Heart Premium Edition Edit


Take Your Heart Premium Edition (note: the steelbook in this picture may be inaccurate since the steelbook art was updated for the Steelbook Launch Edition).

Exclusive to the PlayStation 4 version of the game, the "Take Your Heart" edition, also known as the premium version with the most content, will include:

  • Soundtrack CD: A selection of music from Persona 5 by legendary series composer, Shoji Meguro, in a CD sleeve featuring special P5 artwork.
  • 4” Morgana plush: Morgana the Phantom Thieves’ cat is not just the mascot of the Phantom Thieves, but also a member – and also not just a cat! The premium edition includes an exclusive 4” plush of Morgana.
  • 64-page hardcover art book: This art book is full of concept sketches, character art, and more by character designer Shigenori Soejima.
  • SteelBook: As strong as a vault, the game disc for the PS4 will come specially packaged in a SteelBook collectible case, emblazoned with Persona 5 designs.
  • School bag: Designed after the traditional school bags in Japan, the exclusive replica bag comes complete with the Shujin Academy crest.

SteelBook Launch Edition Edit


SteelBook Launch Edition.

Exclusive to the PlayStation 4 version of the game, Atlus will release Persona 5 in a special SteelBook Launch Edition. All pre-orders and a very limited number of launch copies will come in an official, collectible SteelBook case, adorned with Persona 5 art identical to the one in the “Take Your Heart” Premium Edition.

Normal Edit

All other versions of Persona 5 contain simply the base game.


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. Hashino's original concept was about "backpacking and flying all over the world", but after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami occurred, he wanted a closer focus on Japan.[6]

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 about half an hour long, titled Persona 5 The Animation The Day Breakers, was released on September 3rd, 2016.


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
DLC Content (Costumes/Others)
P5 Karukozaka High School costumes DLC
Karukozaka High School costumes DLC
P5 St. Hermelin High School costumes DLC
St. Hermelin High School costumes DLC
P5 Seven Sisters High School costumes DLC
Seven Sisters High School costumes DLC
P5 Gekkoukan High School costumes DLC
Gekkoukan High School costumes DLC
P5 Yasogami High School costumes DLC
Yasogami High School costumes DLC
P5 Casual Clothes Costume Set
Casual Clothes Costume Set
P5 Catherine Costumes and BGM Special Set
Catherine Costumes and BGM Special Set
P5 Swimsuit Set
Swimsuit Set DLC
P5 Devil Summoner Raidou Kuzunoha Costumes DLC
Devil Summoner Raidou Kuzunoha Costumes DLC
P5 Shin Megami Tensei IV Costumes DLC
Shin Megami Tensei IV Costumes DLC
P5 Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Costumes DLC
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Costumes DLC
P5 Persona 4 Dancing All Night Costumes DLC
Persona 4 Dancing All Night Costumes DLC
P5 Maid & Butler Costumes DLC
Maid & Butler Costumes DLC
P5 Phantom Thief Marker Morgana Decal
P5 Persona 5 - Challenge Difficulty DLC
Persona 5 - Challenge Difficulty DLC
DLC Content (Personas)
P5 Orpheus and Orpheus Thief God
Orpheus and Orpheus Thief God DLC
P5 Thanatos and Thanatos Thief God
Thanatos and Thanatos Thief God DLC
P5 Izanagi and Izanagi Thief God
Izanagi and Izanagi Thief God DLC
P5 Magatsu-Izanagi and Magatsu-Izanagi Thief God
Magatsu-Izanagi and Magatsu-Izanagi Thief God DLC
P5 Kaguya and Kaguya Thief God
Kaguya and Kaguya Thief God
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
P5 Demon NegotIation
Demon Negotiation
Police siege in the beginning.


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

Persona 5 - PV 02 (English Subtitles)02:15

Persona 5 - PV 02 (English Subtitles)

Second 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



Persona summons



Fishing game



Dizziness from Public Bath


  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. PlayStation®4 Persona5 Starter Limited Pack
  5. 「PS4®が新価格」:新型「PS4」×『ペルソナ5』動画 (Video of PS4 new price: new model of PS4 × Persona 5)
  6. Persona 5 Was Originally Going to be About Backpacking Around the World
  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


  • Persona 5 will not feature dual audio, possibly due to licensing issues and tech limitations. However, an Atlus employee once said they were looking into the possibility of Japanese voice DLC.[1]
  • Unlike previous Persona titles, which were set in fictional locations, Persona 5 takes place in Tokyo, primarily in the Shibuya ward. A lot of the locales in Persona 5 are heavily based on real life Tokyo.[2]
  • 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. According to Famitsu reviews, the game offers 80 hours of gameplay.
  • 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, along with the Kouha and Eiha lines of Light/Dark skills, which have not been seen in the franchise since the Persona 2 duology, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner, and the original Megami Ibunroku Persona, 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.
  • On September 7th, 2016, Famitsu scored Persona 5 39/40 (10/10/9/10), making this the highest rated Persona game to date.

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