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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)
Sony (Asian)
Genre RPG
Platform PlayStation 3,
PlayStation 4
Release Dates
Flag of Japan September 15, 2016
Flag of the United States April 4, 2017
Flag of Europe April 4, 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.

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 Shujin Academy 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 Shujin.

He is currently staying with Sojiro Sakura, his parents' friend, at a coffee shop called Cafe Le Blanc. At Shujin, 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 plan illegal heists and explore The Palace, which represents the distorted corrupted 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

YouAreASlave

"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 is breaking free from slavery to corrupted adults from the school, prestige class, gang, corporation, government and politics. 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. This freedom is meant to liberate those who "are bored and discontent with their lives".[1]

Persona 5 intro

The Phantom Thieves of Hearts in a subway.

Atlus expects and wants players of Persona 3 and Persona 4 to feel at home with the 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.

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 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 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: An art student. 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 girl 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 investigating the case. 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.

GameplayEdit

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. The player can explore various locations in the Greater Tokyo Area and travel using the subway system. The player 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.

SNS

The Thieves texting on their phones.

The SNS system allows the player to chat with other characters using phone text messages, helping the player to learn more about the personalities and background of other characters.

The Confidant system is similar to the Social Links of Persona 3 and Persona 4 and involves building relationships with helpers around the city for various benefits in the Palace as well as battle.

Dungeon and combat Edit

PERSONA 5 PROLOGUE INTRO (english sub)17:52

PERSONA 5 PROLOGUE INTRO (english sub)

Prologue gameplay (gameplay begins at 2:15).

During the prologue, the player can select the difficulty from "Safety", "Easy", "Normal" and "Hard". Except for Safety difficulty, the rest can be changed at any time. An additional "Challenge" difficulty above Hard is available as free DLC.

The player engages in strategic combat with demons called Shadows of using both melee and ranged weapons, instead of only one type of weapon.

A side quest dungeon called Mementos is where the player can traverse by driving a vehicle transformed from Morgana where they can collect treasures, obtain Personas which are present in the previously collapsed Palaces and steal the hearts of the targets submitted to the Phantom Thief Channel.

The Palace of every arc of the main story line has certain deadline to complete like Persona 4. Fail to complete the Palace before the deadline will result in a "false ending" Game Over scene. All Palaces except Mementos are not randomly generated, they features elements of platforming, puzzles, stealth and traps.

The game also brings back the old way of interacting with the enemy: Negotiation for obtaining Persona, money and item, a feature returning from absence since Persona 2, in vein with the Shin Megami Tensei games. Negotiation or All-Out Attack can be initiated during a "Hold Up" when all remaining enemies are knocked down. If all enemies are defeated in that All-Out Attack, the game will play a finishing touch sequence featuring the party member who has knocked down the last enemy.

Baton Touch

Ann using Baton Pass to give her turn to Ryuji.

Battle can be initiated when the player is in stealth mode and ambushes the enemy by surprise which gives preemptive turn. When the player has knocked down the enemy, a new feature called "Baton Pass" where player can pass the "1 More" turn to another combatant to boost up their stats during that turn. If the player fails in stealth, the security level will increase. A spotlight will follow the player which causes the enemies to pursue the player persistently. After the victory in a battle, the spotlight will stop chasing the player. If the player successfully performs another ambush attack, security level will drop slightly. When security level reaches 100%, the player is forced to leave the dungeon. The next time the player enters the same dungeon again the security level will drop by a portion.

Unlike traditional RPG where the player has to go though layers of menus in order to give a command in battle, Persona 5 features an improved UI which offers shortcuts to major commands like melee attack, gun attack, Persona skills, items, guard and tactical order. The player can now switch party members inside the dungeons. On the other hand, switching party members in battle requires specific Confidant abilities.

Online features Edit

The Phantom Thieves Alliance allows online players to share and receive information about what kind of activities they take. A pie chart will show the percentage of all online players venturing the Palace, improving social performance or participating Confidant event.

Special editions Edit

In Japan Edit

Persona5DLC1

Orpheus Picaro and Izanagi Picaro.

Persona5DLC2

Persona 3.

Persona5DLC3

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 was 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.[3][4]

In North America and Europe Edit

Persona 5 will launch for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in both North America and Europe on April 4th, 2017. There are three editions for both North America and Europe. It will include japanese voice acting as a free DLC.

Take Your Heart Premium Edition Edit

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Take Your Heart Premium 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

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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.

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. 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.[5]

Unlike Catherine, which used the Gamebryo engine, Persona 5 uses an in-house custom-made 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]

Initially the oversea versions were scheduled for February 14, 2017. In the beginning of the official live stream of the English version demo on November 16, 2016, Atlus announced that because they wanted to set a new height of localization standard, the release date was pushed back to April 4, 2017. Atlus USA explains that extra time was required for revision of the script as well as recording some voices again. The fact that Atlus Japan only handed over the complete script for Atlus USA to begin localization also contributed to the delay. In compensation for the delay, the game had been reprogramed to support dual audio option and the Japanese voice set is available as free downloadable content permanently. This is the first ever entry in the entire Megami Tensei series to support dual audio.

Related MediaEdit

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

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
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
 
P5Cov1
Dengeki PlayStation
 
P5Cov2
Famitsu
 
Persona 5 Protagonist Famitsu
Dengeki PlayStation Page 1
 
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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
 
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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
 
DemonsP5
The team fighting Sandman and Pyro Jack
 
All Out Attack P5
All-Out Attack
 
P5 Demon NegotIation
Demon Negotiation
 
Police2
Police siege in the beginning.

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

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

『ペルソナ5』ショートムービー【ペルソナ召喚編】01:18

『ペルソナ5』ショートムービー【ペルソナ召喚編】

Persona summons

『ペルソナ5』ショートムービー【市ヶ谷で釣り編】00:55

『ペルソナ5』ショートムービー【市ヶ谷で釣り編】

Fishing game

『ペルソナ5』ショートムービー【お風呂でのぼせる編】00:47

『ペルソナ5』ショートムービー【お風呂でのぼせる編】

Dizziness from Public Bath

ReferencesEdit

  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. PlayStation®4 Persona5 Starter Limited Pack
  4. 「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)
  5. Persona 5 Was Originally Going to be About Backpacking Around the World
  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

TriviaEdit

  • 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.[1]
  • 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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