New details have emerged about the next game in the Persona series, after a new trailer was released online on February 5th, followed shortly by an interview and announcement providing more information.
Persona 5 is set to be released sometime during 2015, and follows on as part of the wildly popular Persona franchise, a spin-off of Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei series. Not only is the Persona series made up of compelling roleplaying games, but recently there have also been forays into fighting games – with Persona 4 Arena – and even an upcoming dance/rhythm game, Persona 4: Dancing All Night.
Now, with the next game in the main RPG series on the horizon, more details have emerged about what fans can expect from the newest instalment.
The trailer, which you can check out below, showcases the main characters – a young man with dark hair and glasses, a girl with bunched hair, another man with blonde hair, and a cat-like creature who appears to be this iteration's mascot character, like Teddie before them – as they do battle against enemies and navigate elaborate dungeons. The theme of the game seems to be centered on the idea of crime or justice, as all of the characters are decked out in costumes reminescent of tales of adventurer-thieves and cat-burglars, such as the domino mask and cape, and the catsuit.
Gematsu has published a translated interview with the director and producer of Persona 5, Katsura Hashino, as well as an announcement from the main Persona website, where he revealed some interesting details about where the team will be taking the themes and characters of the newest Persona game.
In a nutshell, if I were trying to explain what this game is trying to evoke, I’d say it’s like if you took something like a picaresque novel and then threw in, for lack of a better word, realistic, down to earth “academy juveniles.” In previous Persona games, the stories revolved around pretty traditional heroes going after villains that most anyone one would be loath to associate themselves with; they pursued the bad guys for the sake of justice, essentially. This time around, though, the protagonists of Persona 5 themselves are on the run for doing what they think is right after something happens completely out of the blue. That mixture of thrills and not-so-larger-than-life cast of characters is what composes the idea of “academy juveniles” for us. We think that these characters that are going to be a little rougher around the edges than those who have come before them in the series, coupled with the strides we’ve made in visual and sound design we can pull off something really special here.
A release date hasn't been announced, but the main site seems to indicate a 2015 release, in Japan and the West, for Playstation 3 and Playstation 4.