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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 Summer 2016
Flag of the United States 2016
Flag of Europe TBA
"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.[1] 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".[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] An American release was confirmed on February 25, 2014 with an originally estimated release in 2015.[5] 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. [6] 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. [7].

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.[8] 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. [9]


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 Link's of Persona 3 and Persona 4 and will involve building relationships with helpers around the city for various benefits in battle.[10]

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.
  • 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.


General Gallery
Reveal Image
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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
Persona 5 Special Movie Blu-ray
P5 Wanted Poster
Persona 5 Wanted Poster of the main playable characters
P5 illustration by Shigenori Soejima
Persona 5 illustration by Shigenori Soejima/wallpaper
Dengeki PlayStation
Persona 5 2/12 issues of Dengeki PlayStation and Famitsu covers
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 Trailer Video PERSONA500:56

Persona 5 Trailer Video PERSONA5

First Teaser trailer

Persona 5 Trailer (PS4) (HD)01:19

Persona 5 Trailer (PS4) (HD)

Second Teaser trailer

ペルソナ5 PV 0102:49

ペルソナ5 PV 01

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 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


  1. Persona 5 uses Atlus' internal engine, Destructoid
  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. Persona 5 domain name registered, IGN
  5. Persona 5 Coming To North America in 2015, Siliconera
  6. Persona 5 Coming To PlayStation 4, Gematsu
  7. Persona 5 Special Movie Blu-ray contents announced, Gematsu
  8. Persona 5 Gets Delayed To Summer 2016 In Japan, Siliconera
  9. ペルソナ5開発室より(お詫び), Persona Channel
  10. 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.

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