Persona 4 is considered by many of the greatest JRPGs of all time, constantly praised by passionate fans and critics alike since launching for PS2 way back in 2008. The dark yet relatable adventure set a new benchmark with its fantastic characters and innovative dungeon exploration.
UPDATE – New character Ann Takamaki revealed
Atlas has just revealed a brand new character to the Persona 5 roster. Ann Takamaki. Here's details about her from the press release:
"Being the centre of school gossip is a quick way to make anyone feel like an outcast, and Persona 5's Ann Takamaki gets the full brunt of that. Ann is a beautiful girl plagued by unjust rumours from her peers on a daily basis. But despite the Scarlett Letter treatment, Ann cares deeply about her friends...which is why she's so eager to pick up the mask and join the Phantom Thieves.
"Well, that and also to spite the rumours about her and the "excessively friendly" gym teacher at Shujin Academy. And while the Phantom Thieves won't be done with just one lecherous gym teacher, Ann winds up being the closest thing to the group's moral compass. Plus, she's just a total badass that you'd want watching your back in a fight."
Take a look at Ann in action in the latest trailer:
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What is Persona 5?
Persona 5 is a Japanese role-playing title set in modern day Tokyo, Japan. By day, you’re an ordinary high school student attending classes and forming relationships with your friends. By night, you descend into a mysterious underworld known as “The Palace.”
Persona 5 Release Date - When is it coming out?
Persona 5 is out now in Japan, making the wait for an english version all the more agonizing. Impressively, it has also sold well over 500,000 copies across PS4 and PS3, mkaing it one of Japan's best-selling titles of 2016.
The game will release in the US and Europe on February 14, 2017, which is the perfect time for a huge, life-consuming JRPG.
Atlus announced the US release date alongside the "Take Your Heart Collector's Edition," which you can check out below:
This version will retail for $89.99/£74.99.
Persona 5 Characters - Who do you play as?
The game will feature five main characters known as “The Phantom Thieves of Hearts.” In typical JRPG fashion, they’re all troubled high school students.
Protagonist - The nameless, silent leader of The Phantom Thieves, you play as a young student who transfers to Shujin High School in Tokyo, Japan. While mild-mannered at first, your persona quickly shifts to one of chaos and disorder as you don the “Phantom Thief” disguise.
Ryuji Sakamoto - Defined by his unpredictable personality and “problem child” reputation, Ryuji soon becomes one of your closest friends. The origin of his bad behaviour is currently unknown, likely influenced by a dark presence in the underworld.
Ann Takamaki - A girl of Japanese and American descent, Ann is often ridiculed because of her unusual appearance. This leads to her relationship with the protagonist and Ryuji, who are also considered outsiders. Unusual rumours about her are circulating around the school, but whether or not they’re true remains unknown.
Yusuke Kitagawa - Yet another member of The Phantom Thieves, Yusuke is a withdrawn art student enrolled at Kosei Public High School. We know little about him so far, other than his serious talent for painting and sharp fashion sense.
Morgana - Her true identity unknown, Morgana is a small, unusual feline creature often seen with the protagonist and friends. Her role in the game is still unclear, but she’ll likely help with transporting you to the underworld and exploring the game’s dungeons.
Futaba Sakura - A gifted computer programmer, Futaba finds herself unable to socialise with other students after a mysterious incident. It seems she will be able to assist The Phantom Thieves in battle as they explore treacherous dungeons.
Haru Okumura - Haru is a third-year student at Syujin High school. Raised by an elegant family, her extravagant tastes are reflected in her cutesy style and personality. Once joining the party she is known as 'The Beauty Thief' because of her regal appearance.
Atlus has confirmed that Igor, the mysterious occupant of The Velvet Room, will be making a return. He will be on hand once again to help you fuse and upgrade Personas.
Persona 5 Gameplay - How does it play?
The turn-based battles, exploration and social elements from previous games are returning with significant new features and improvements. Just like previous games, Persona 5 will take place across an entire school year, giving you oppurtunities to make friends, pass classes and pursue social links with specific characters.
Judging from the gameplay we’ve seen so far, we will be able to freely explore large portions of Tokyo in-between our time at school and raiding dungeons. Exploration will expand to entire city districts, letting you take on part-time jobs alongside your studies to gain buffs in battle.
Dungeons will now be specially curated with unique platforming, stealth and combat sections to fit each scenario. Atlus has also confirmed that there will be new ways of obtaining Personas, although this has not been detailed as of yet.
Interacting and forming relationships with different characters has always been a highlight of the Persona franchise, and the fifth installment is making this mechanic better than ever.
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As seen in the PV03 trailer, a new SNS messaging system will let you communicate with characters outside of the school and dungeons. This should make building relationships far more dynamic and genuine, especially if romantic relationships are part of the equation.
The battle system maintains the same turn-based framework as previous games, except now you engage with enemies using both melee and ranged weapons, instead of just one weapon type. We expect each character will be equipped with one unique weapon and a customisable firearm, doubling as the summoning tool for their persona.
Persona 5’s level of character customisation remains a mystery, but it should provide each with a wardrobe of outfits, equipment and weapons to play around with. Atlus will likely announce more gameplay details before launch, so we’ll update once we know more.
Persona 5 Story - What’s it about?
The story of Persona 5 will explore the nature of modern society and how our people find themselves oppressed by the rules placed upon them. Persona 5’s narrative will be driven by its characters and the problems they must overcome, both personally, and as phantom thieves.
By working together wtih your friends you must explore a mysterious place know as 'The Palace'. This place represents the distorted minds of adults in the real world.
To save them you must steal special treasure to reform their distored minds, hence your moniker as The Phantom Thieves. There is a greater evil at work which remains to be discovered, and it's your job to stop it.
You will also form your own unique stories with the characters you interact with and locations you visit. In previous games, major sections could only be discovered with repeat playthroughs such as after school clubs and secretive boss encounters.
Persona 5 Trailers - How does it look?
Since its initial reveal, Atlus has released plenty of stylish trailers for Persona 5:
The E3 2015 trailer oozes with the very same style found in other footage thus far, and it looks fantastic.
Atlus recently released the E3 2016 trailer for Persona 5, giving us a delicious helping of new gameplay footage and character details:
Atlus has released yet another gameplay trailer for Persona 5, and this may just be the most stylish one yet:
We’ll be sure to update this article with any new information we come across. For now, we’ll just play Persona 4 Golden.