Persona 5 Aimed At People That Are Discontent With Their Lives

By Ishaan . February 5, 2014 . 9:20am

In an interview in a recently-published issue of the Persona magazine, Persona series director Katsura Hashino discusses Atlus’ thematic approach to Persona 5. Tumblr blog PepsimanGB has translated the interview, and you can find it here.


The interview begins with Hashino being asked what the teaser image for Persona 5 (above) is supposed to signify.


“It’s going to be a while yet before we’re ready to put out the game proper, but I think that image at least reassures people that there is something definitely coming along,” Hashino replies.


He continued: “To answer your question more directly, I feel that in today’s world, there’s no shortage of people that are bored and discontent with their lives. They’re at a dead end, chained down to a world of which they resent being a part. Persona 5, in that sense, is a game about freedom, the kind that those sorts of people haven’t had living in the real world.”


“I want them to be able to attain that sensation by playing through the game. Looking at it from that angle, I’d say that the image depicts the wait that must be endured for that moment of freedom to arrive.”


Regarding what kind of game Persona 5 will be when it is released, Hashino says that people that have played Persona 3 and Persona 4 should “feel right at home” with Persona 5. That having been said, Hashino wishes for the new game to be more “thematically approachable” than its predecessors.


“The characters in this game, through sheer force of will, are out to destroy that which suffocates people in today’s society and, again, keeps them chained down in place,” he shares. “I want players to come away from the game feeling like they have that power to take on the world around them and keep going in life.”


You can read more of Hashino’s thoughts here. Persona 5 is slated for release in winter 2014 on PlayStation 3.

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  • boink

    Persona 5 news?

    *waits for comment section to explode*

    • boink

      OK why am I getting downvoted?

      • Nightmare637

        you’ll get down voted for anything, don’t worry about it to much.

        • boink

          I guess I sounded negative to some people.
          Every Persona comment gets alot of downvotes on this site for some reason.

  • Invisbin

    I…really want this now. I’ve been going through life problems thinking i have nothing to do in life because i want to do the things society looks down on. I find myself bored and confused, held down by what people expect from me vs what i want to do for myself. I want Persona 5 to further justify why gaming is much more than playing games. It’s valuable life lessons learned and different perspectives on everyday life values that everyone needs to see. Please make this a good game :’)

    • God

      Meh, you’ll get over it, the real question is if you wich path you will take, Idealism (what some people for), realism (what a lot of people think they are going for), or anything in between (what most people actually go for), and how will you deal with the answers you find.

  • They want to give us a feeling of freedom (breaking free from the society) in none open world game ?! WoW, I’m looking foward to it!

    • Fallen_Persona

      That’s a ridiculous statement, especially considering every RPG these days that’s blockbuster in the west is pressured to be open world.

      • You’re not them, so you can’t say it’s going to be an open world. I made that statement based from their previous release, not some hypothetical idea like yours.

        Also, I don’t want an open world Persona 5 game if it will have a bland story like Skyrim.

        • Fallen_Persona

          You clearly missed me saying “pressured”, meaning they are pressured. Nowhere in my statement did I say Persona is going to be open world. Also, I didn’t imply it either, you just made some horribly incorrect conclusion based on your lack of utilizing the reading comprehension you should certainly possess.

          Short version: Read my posts closer next time. My post was implying that not every RPG released should *have* to be open world.

          Also, I was implying that there is no way that making it open world would be “breaking free” from any norm because, again, *every* RPG in the West is pressured to be open world.

  • Grape Monet

    This sounds like it’s going to be one of the greatest games ever made.

    • Lee

      Yea it does

  • SigmaNHK

    I’m discontent with my life because Persona 5 still isn’t in it.

    • TheGioG

      My greatest accomplishments mean nothing without this game by my side. Hell, taking down top brass villains and saving the world many times over don’t mean SQUAT without Persona 5 in my life…

    • God

      I’m discontent with my life beacuse you comment doesn’t have any more likes.

  • mynameisdats

    I want to time travel in winter 2015. :(

    Edit. I thought it was 2015. But it was 2014 winter lol

  • ChiffonCake

    Highly reccomend reading the full interview, there’s some really interesting stuff in there.

    Hashino really sounds like he knows what’s up.

    • Samsara09

      Well,considering his words,he knows full well what the fans want…and is quite eager to provide it.Hell,this game’s theme is something that is of our best interest.

    • Shippoyasha

      Love what he had to say about P3 and 4 being games where characters earn a form of freedom from banding together and making friends while P5 will focus a bit more on the difficulties of growing up in a hyper competitive society and world. P4 was pretty topical with the rise of social media back then as well.

      • God

        I found Persona 4 to be heavily idealistic, so i hope this gone is more realistic it that sense.

        • Shippoyasha

          I didn’t think P4 was all that idealistic personally. It had an optimistic side to be sure though. But I thought that gave it its unique type of charm where all Persona games leading up to it was almost always dour.

          • God

            Really? Just hearing them arguing with the killer in at the end of his dungeon annoys me a little… they seem so self righteous and idealistic (in the sense that they ignore reality), and they are that way during the entirety of the game, always showing the naivate that comes with their age… sad thing is i am younger than the characters of the game.

          • Shippoyasha

            Well, to be fair, it seems the characters themselves know their stance is naive and it’s not like they have all the answers (hence why they are searching for the Truth). Which is why they fall silent when the criminal confronts them directly about it. But it still doesn’t matter to the group considering they still needed to stop him.

          • God

            I just re-watched the confrontation, and they don’t seem modest at all, it really seems as if they think they have all the answers, even if they claim to be searching for the truth… bunch of hypocrties… besides, if most of the earth wanted to be shadows, isn’t it kind of selfish to stop the whole thing just beacuse THEY didn’t want to? Democracy may not be a good system, but it beats the hell out of what these guys did…

  • Brimfyre

    Sounds great as long as it doesn’t start off with an emo protag who monologs for 10 minutes about how bored they are with life, and how nothing interesting happens to them.

    • bassgs435

      I don’t think that will happen because Persona Protagonists only get lines when speaking to other characters and said lines are chosen by the player along with the MC’s full name

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      This isnt the Delusions of Haruhi Suzumiya’s self absorbed protagonist

    • Fallen_Persona

      You know, that could have been a Clannad reference unintentionally.

    • Abysswalker90

      No, instead, that 10 minute monolog will be stretched to a 70 hours game, with a satisfying conclusion.
      Just like P3 and P4.

      Oh, and it’s probably going to be a silent protagonist anyway, sooo…

    • Akemi Nakajima

      *sighs* Do you ever realized that the silent protagonist is a trademark of Atlus games? I mean, how could they winning when they’re speaking in the game?

      • Brimfyre

        Please don’t be a condescending douche. That *sigh* BS doesn’t make you look impressive to anyone. Grow up.

        I’ve played every SMT and Persona game.
        There is a first time for everything. P4A had a previous silent protag speaking for the first time.

        It’s unlikely it will happen, and I hope to hell it won’t happen, but there is always a chance, especially if the director is feeling the need to tell a grander story.

        It could easily start with a projection of the characters inner thoughts and then have him silent the rest of the game. I’ve seen that done before.

        • Akemi Nakajima

          Alright, I respect your opinion.

          Took you this long to respond. I don’t care about auguring with you.

          But on the other note, well, consider you’re not so patient that you had to come out and said: “That *sigh* BS doesn’t make you look impressive to anyone. Grow up.”. Yeah, if we met even real life, would you say that to me, yeah? If you have a problem with it why don’t you say that with a good manner? You serious don’t care that you might offending anyone? Because I am, I was expect a more better answer, shame.

          • Brimfyre

            Yes, I would say that to your face. I don’t think it is an unreasonable thing for someone to say. I didn’t personally insult you. If someone tried to talk down to me in person, I would certainly let them know that doesn’t fly with me. Especially if they implied I haven’t played games that I had played. lol

            No hard feelings, obviously I upset you. I probably shouldn’t have told you to grow up, but I stand by everything else I said.

        • Guest

          I respect your opinion. Took you this long to answer.

          On the other note, you could say “That *sigh* BS doesn’t make you look impressive to anyone. Grow up.” with a better manner if you had a problem with it. That was serious offending.

        • Guest

          Alright, I respect your opinion. I don’t think I will bother talk about the topic, took you this long enough to answer.

          But well, on the other note, could you say “That *sigh* BS doesn’t make you look impressive to anyone. Grow up” in a better manner if you actually had a problem with it? I find that to be offended.


    Well, his description fits me to a tee. But then I have also long been discontented with the world I usually escaped to, the world of video games.

  • Minos

    In really hate to say it but… that sounds so Emo…

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      Emo is Persona 3 and DmC.

      This is NIhilism

      • bassgs435

        Persona 3 wasn’t Emo.
        Specially since it’s about rejecting death(don’t let the MC’s hairstyle and the Evokers trick you)

      • idrawrobots

        Haven’t played 3 yet, but 4 certainly could be considered “emo”.

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          4 is tales of persona so….

          Sappy more than Emo.

          Unless you Yosuke.

      • idrawrobots

        It sounds almost anti-Nihilist to me.Like it will be about finding purpose in life, rather than saying there is no purpose in life.

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          Its one and the same.
          Life is what you make of it

          This is rejection of constraints placed upon your path to your future.

      • “Emo is…DmC”

        I wish the internet would leave the word ’emo’ alone since they have literally 0 idea what it actually means

        • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

          Emo’s a genre of music bro

    • meiam

      Yeah, I mean I’m gonna pick it up anyway, but I could do without the emo stuff, hopefully we’ll be able to go through the obligatory suicide arc pretty quickly.

      I’m getting a bit tired of game and anime blaming all the depression and stuff like that on supernatural force, I don’t think that’s helping the problem.

  • pixxxelz

    All aboard the hype train!!

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      darn its full…can I ride on top?

      • Samsara09

        In some countries,you ride the train on the outside,lol…or hanging on the door.There is always space on the hype train-chan.

        • ShawnOtakuSomething

          I know and hype train loves that senpai fan noticed it

          • Samsara09

            yeah.I find it rather funny.This game is about we being slaves wanting emancipation,but here were are,entering hype train and being it’s slave,lol.
            oh well,this game is going to be flippin awesome.

          • ShawnOtakuSomething

            once you get on the Hype train… never leave.

          • Samsara09

            We became slaves the moment we were born.Honestly,bring slave to hype or something else like that is actually exciting.

      • Zer0faith

        Good luck with that.

        • Hype chairs included?

        • God

          I’ll create my own train, with blackjack and hookers! In fact, forget the train.

    • Slayven19

      What! There are no people hanging out the window and the train doesn’t seem all that fun to ride. I’m bording another train, maybe the next one will ya know, actually be hype! Better yet I’m boarding the hype bus when it comes around :D.

    • Pdugna

      That Train has gotta grow bigger soon :D looks kinda short

      • Samsara09

        there is a load of empty carriages behind,waiting for the hype slaves…the photo simply doesn’t do justice.

        • Sakurazaki

          The slaves… they want emancipation.

    • zuuum
      • Slayven19

        Thank you, now this is the train I’m jumping on.

        • zuuum


    • Ric Vazquez

      *hops aboard while pushing to the side everyone that was first in line*

    • out the way!

    • Complete with hype chairs?

    • God

      Revolution and Philosophy as a main topic? Yep, i’m riding that motherfucker.

    • Hound

      Just read through the interview. I am all aboard that hype train!! d(TѧT)b

  • neocatzon

    So, the target player this time is practically everyone below the top pyramid. Well, that’s a lot.

    • Saraneth

      Well, considering you can afford a PS3, presumably you’ve at least got the bottom rung convered.

    • That maslow needs theory lol =D

  • otakumike

    This is sounding like it’s going to be a pretty deep game. Loving the ideas already!

  • Firion Hope

    I really like the sound of this, he puts so much thought into the games and how people view life as a whole and he really tries to send a message with his games. And it looks like it might be going back to a little more serious tone like 2/3 which I personally prefer

    • Abysswalker90

      I personally think that P4 was probably the most serious.
      P3 was really abstract, with all the talking robots and blatant symbolism.
      P2 was much more epic and story based.

      P4 was like a personal journey, and it didn’t go too far in terms of how the story unfolds, and did it’s best to stick to realism. I think it’s something not many games dare to do, but I find refreshing and much more relate-able.

      Being “hard-boiled” doesn’t make something more mature or meaningful, or even more serious.

      • Firion Hope

        I liked P4 it was an excellent game and one of my favorites but I disagree

        The theme and story and the such are just so obvious and happy in comparison, it kinda sticks out. I don’t think a story needs to be dark to be meaningful but P4 went way too far the other way for my tastes. It focused so much on accepting yourself and find the truth which is pretty light compared to 3 where its dealing with human suffering and the inevitability of death and coming to terms with it. 3 spends the entire game trying to make not only the characters but you as a player give up and realize how pointless life is (and even gives you the option late game to essentially give up) only to turn it around late game. 4 spends most of its time focusing on the characters accepting themselves and trying to live a mostly normal life, it only ramps up to being somewhat more late game

        And all of the characters in 4 felt really Tweeny to me, there problems were more believable and realistic/relatable compared to 3, but also more melodramatic. It’s like oh I dont want to go into the same job as my parents waaaaah, or being famous is soooo hard waaah, to me its such a disconnect to 3 where its like my dad is an alcoholic who most likely beat the shit out of me as a child, or I was bullied almost my entire life to the point of destroying all of my self confidence and most likely causing me to consider suicide.

        That’s also something I HATED about 4, it was SO obvious with it’s character “development” shadows are quite possibly the laziest excuse for a plot device ever “oh let me say all my personal problems outloud several times so you can’t miss it”, they threw all the subtlety out of the window because so many people refused to pay attention in 3 (or 2) and missed a lot of the small details about the characters life that aren’t explicitly stated. And the symbolism (if it can even be called that) is painfully obvious. Really a damned bird in a cage?? After some of the stuff they managed in 3? For lack of a better term they dumbed a lot of it down for people who don’t want to pay attention or take their time

        Also very annoying and unnecessary mascot character T_T

        Don’t get me wrong with all of this I still LOVE 4 and it’s one of my favorite games of all time and I think it still has a message to send, but I don’t like how much more obvious and light hearted it is than not only the rest of the Persona series, but the rest of the entire SMT series. I mean here check out this link to see what I mean, see where Yu places vs everyone else Thats why I want 5 to be a little more serious and dark again.

        Either way Im a huge fan of all the entries in the series, including 4 and it’s spin offs

    • Shippoyasha

      P4 did have a pretty serious story too if you think about it especially in the voyeuristic, overly connected nature of people and how rumors and misconceptions and outright lies spread in a society. That was pretty dark stuff.

      • Ric Vazquez


  • Mirai

    This reminds me of when the persona 4 cast faced their shadow selfs.

  • Randgriz

    I need that Apthy-destoryer ATLUS, cant wait to play!
    Ill be listening to this in the mean-time

  • MaximDualBlade

    Just from the title of this article I guess this game will sell millions upon millions, because that’s a hell lot of people XD I’m expecting it!

  • Just my personal wish, but… I really hope it’s not in high school again. There’s quite a few themes to be explored beyond the confines of a J-school, and this sounds like it could do that to greater success by shirking the overused high school life setting.

    • idrawrobots

      Have all Persona games been about high-school students?

      • Ferrick


        • Marcelo Gouvêa

          Well, kinda. One half of Persona 2 is high school, the other half is young adults.

          • Ferrick

            weren’t they still at HS at the end of 2.1 ?

          • Maybe that’s why I enjoyed Eternal Punishment. Adults dealing with adult issues.

          • Slayven19

            So you didn’t enjoy the other one’s? That said I did enjoy EP but not because of adults dealing with adult issues. Heck some peoples worst times in life were highschool which made adult life seem easier.

            I’m saying all this but I’ve always at least wanted a college setting or something else myself. I’m just not mad at the highschool setting because believe it or not most games don’t do this setting right or at all.

    • meiam

      Yeah especially when people who played P1 are now at least in there mid-late 20 and P3 and at least in early 20, starting work or university. I’d love a work setting with starting a family or something, but that’ll never happens.

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        The point of persona being in highschool is because a lot of older people want to be back in highschool.

        But yeah I think P5 is in university

        • kaotron

          I always wondered what was with japans obsession with highschoolers in their works of fiction(just like the states obsession with bald white space marines in games).

          • Abysswalker90

            Because in Japan, once you’re past high school you don’t have time to play video games anymore. —Nah, I’m joking.
            I think it works though. P3 and P4 are about “growing up”, so high school settings are the most obvious choice.

          • kaotron

            But as someone said before me, most persona fans played P1-4 while they were in their mid to late teens so it’s obvious that their fanbase is mostly made up of adults.

            Imo, using the generic highschool setting is a “playing it safe” cop out.

          • Akemi Nakajima

            So you’re saying that they shouldn’t welcome new fans?

          • SolidN7

            Because in Japan the video games and many mangas are focused to the high school demographic, just because you are too old and want more mature themes is your problem not atlus.

          • kaotron

            actually, I’m a teen. But even if it’s in your demographic, the highschool cliche’s get super boring and unoriginal.

            I would like an adult character, not because I want more mature themes, I just want newer and original ones..

          • Abysswalker90

            The thing is, the teenage years are probably some of the most memorable years to most people, so besides of the obvious teenage demographic, even older people can relate to it. I personally don’t really mind it, as long as it works.

          • SolidN7

            I understand your point, but again that ´s how the manga and video games industry works in Japan (of course there are mangas and videogames for other kind audience like a mature one), for example One piece the best selling manga in Japan, I remember an interview with Eiichiro Oda, (before the boom of sales of onepiece) he was worried about his fanbase because his fanbase was growing up and he feared that his readers didn´t like onepiece anymore because it was too childhish.

          • kaotron

            well oda should consider himself lucky for milking out One piece for that long and still having a big fanbase/audience. Heck, dbz was a long shonen but at least it had the courtesy to end.

            Oda probably want to milk about op like bleach and naruto to the point where it’s no longer readable.

          • Chip

            I think a lot of it has to with the view that while you’re still a teenager, you have unlimited potential. You have more freedom to become something else since you have fewer obligations to root you in place (career, higher education, family).

            As you get older you’re expected to become a final product, set in your ways and eventually only good for passing on your experiences to the next generation.

          • kaotron

            Logan’s Run Rule:
            RPG characters are young. Very young. The average age seems to be 15, unless the character is a decorated and battle-hardened soldier, in which case he might even be as old as 18. Such teenagers often have skills with multiple weapons and magic, years of experience, and never ever worry about their parents telling them to come home from adventuring before bedtime. By contrast, characters more than twenty-two years old will cheerfully refer to themselves as washed-up old fogies and be eager to make room for the younger generation.

            – Tvtropes

          • LightZero

            Indeed. In an anime or jrpg I would probably be considered an old man despite being 26 lol.


            thanks god for Yuri Lowell

          • LightZero

            How so? Yuri fits that description more or less minus the old geezer stuff. He’s 21 yet he portrayed as someone who has tons of battle and life experience. Most 21 years old that I seen still act like teenagers. It usually the 30+ years old that behave more like Yuri at least in my experience.


            Yuri seems more like in the middle term for me. While he sure have a good amount of experience in the battle feel but unlike most characters in the in japanese media he doesn’t have that “old guy” vibe and even have his teenagers moments when goofing around with the party members. normally most character in the 20s age in japanese media tends to be stupidly serious.The same that there’s 16 years old that act as a true adult with more life experience in real life than your average 21 years who act like teenagers. It all depends in the ambient you were rised. get 3 kids, one of the lower class, one from middle class and the last from the rich class and you can easily see the diferent behavior and responsability of each one towards life

          • kaotron

            I think it’s somewhat of an anime/jrpg cliche where anyone over 18 gets all the fun sucked out of them to become “stupid serious” young adults. Guy in Tales of the Abyss is the same age as yuri and he seemed pretty cool/easy going too without being a “veteran” like yuri.

          • kaotron

            Yuri is one of my favorite tales protagonist because he was pretty cool, smart and wasn’t the typical clueless teenage lead.

            But yeah, I agree, at 21 Yuri falls in the cliche catagory of being an experience and mature veteran at a young age. While Raven and Jade(who both are only 35) refer to themselves as grampa’s compared to the teenager cast

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            ‘someone must watch Durarararararara

          • brostar

            They should because Durarara is amazing. I can haz second season nao?

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Go watch OVa

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Blame Japanese youth behavior patterns.

            Tis evovled into something strange. Miyazaki gripes about it from time to time.Otaku busy making art to be popular instead of becoming popular over time by its own merits of connection and escapism

            Persona came from a different time when fantasy rpg’s were all the rage. Now its highschool mainstream lolcakes.

          • kaotron

            yeah, I agree.

            I think the whole highschooler cast has more to do then just relating to the demographic, I think that it’s just a cliche that has gone too far and now animators/writers do it to play it safe. It’s the same reason why there aer so many blasted yuri moe animes..

        • LightZero

          I’m sure some do miss HS but not me. I hated HS with a passion. I couldn’t wait to graduate from the HS I went to.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Highschool bites

    • Firion Hope

      I get the desire but Persona has always been about the school setting, adult stuff is more for the other SMT series. The fact they’re in school means they’re still struggling to figure out life and themselves, which just seems kinda sad if it takes place later in life. I think it would be interesting too, but I doubt it would happen and the school setting is nice for what the series is

      • God

        The harsh reality is that most people die figuring out life and themselves, plus, if they go with the main character being an adult they can add anyone from pretty much any age to the main cast, unlike what happens if you make the main character a kid or a teenager.

    • kaotron

      I agree, it would be cool if it wasn’t set in another highschool…at least even a college for something a litter different.

      But then again, this IS persona, so highschool is pretty much a must for some unfortunate reason.

    • Shippoyasha

      To be fair, just being in a high school in Japanese media doesn’t mean the characters don’t tackle mature issues. They practically act like adult characters anyway. I think it’d be cool if they have college or adult characters but it’s not like the series is broken for using high school characters. Far from it.

      • Aimmi

        I agree. Also, I think it’d be nice to have an adult character within Persona 5 as one of the main characters, so in a way, the two worlds collide. The adult world/grim reality, and the teenage world.

    • Ric Vazquez

      I know what you mean, slice of life anime influence in there I think

    • Akemi Nakajima

      Huh? I thought the high school setting was already confirmed?

    • Guest

      I think it would be nice to have a full fledged adult as a character in the series. It would be nice to contrast the views of an adult’s world to a growing teenager’s and see the two views collide

  • idrawrobots

    This sounds awesome.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    2015 can’t get here sooner

    • Ric Vazquez

      Agreed, P5 and MH4 Ultimate ftw

    • Kyle McDaniel

      Uh. there’s two characters that don’t exist there.

      • Zer0faith
        • Kyle McDaniel

          Apparently you didn’t get the memo, Atlus disowned P1 & 2

          • Rake

            They never did. They know fully well of P1 – P2 fans out there. Hell, they tried localizing Persona 2 EP for PSP. And they basically hint certain upcoming events that will require the need for the older protagonist.

          • Zer0faith

            Not existing, as you’ve stated, and not being canon anymore are two different things.

      • Rake


  • David Zech

    I’m liking this darker theme.

    But i’m discontent it hasn’t been confirmed for Vita/ps4/psnow

  • KingxKing

    more lgtbi characters confirmed

  • Chogokin

    I hope Persona 5 says something meaningful to these people, rather than just providing a way to temporarily escape.

    • Abysswalker90

      Like P3 and P4? Probably.

    • Samsara09

      Persona usually says meaningful things…like in P3 and P4…but yeah,few genres can compete with the rpg genre on the “escape valve” thing.
      what I like in rpgs is that some of them,usually the best ones,often have a meaningful message to is rather ironic.

  • MitsukiIX

    Thank you atlus for aiming your game at over half the world population(perhaps more)

  • kaotron

    It’s funny how they’re using P5 to advertise/sell their inferior persona spin-off games.

    btw 2015, oh man, 2014 literally just started. Oh well, at least xillia2 is coming out this year…

    • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

      You sure like your animu rpgs dont you?

      • kaotron

        not all that much, I really like the tales series and just a few of the mainstream titles like kingdom hearts…

        I don’t even like turned based rpg’s all that much but I kinda liked p4 so I’ll give p5 a chance too.

        btw you have a generic bishie looking avatar..

    • Haganeren

      Why Inferior ? Etrian Odyssey is a really respected series. Persona Q is from this so…

      • kaotron

        I wasnt talking about Etrian Odyssey..besides, it isnt a spinoff to the persona series I was talking about those chibi persona games.

        • Yeah and Persona Q (the game you’re talking about) is a game in the vein of the One True RPG Series ™ Etrian Odyssey

      • Shippoyasha

        The dancing game is also made by Dingo, which made Hatsune Miku and other amazing idol/dancing games so the spinoffs have a lot of credibility.

    • I’m actually a lot more excited for Persona Q than I am P5, praise be to Daisuke Kaneda

  • SlickRoach

    Emos rejoice!

  • Unlimax

    Interesting ~
    Any teaser / Trailer will mean everything to me !
    Show us your updates for P5 Atlus :]

  • Learii

    I hope the chars look good others then chibi

  • Go2hell66

    People that are discontent with their lives? you mean everyone?

  • Ethan_Twain

    Wouldn’t it be nice if more JRPGs actually had thematic intent like this? I mean, this probably isn’t gonna be Dickens or anything, but the director saw a problem in the world and decided to make a game to help inspire people who feel they lack options in life. Persona 4 was, loosely, about youth who are confused about their identity as they grow up and coming to terms with their identities.

    Compare that to other JRPGs. Bravely Default is about… what? Light and Darkness and Crystals. Tales of Xillia tells a story that’s relevant to the player how? I absolutely adore Fire Emblem Awakening, but did it actually have any theme in all that writing beyond the power of friendship? There are individual SONGS on many rock albums that I feel have more to say about real life than the average JRPG.

    These JRPGs. They use so much text to say so little. Persona 5? Persona 5 has something to say. So did Persona 4. So did Catherine for that matter. This Persona studio, they get it. I am anticipating this JRPG more than any other and I still don’t know the slightest thing about it.

    • Haganeren

      Tales of always have a theme you know… It’s just… Not as intersting I suppose…

    • Arcana Drill

      huum, nahhhh.
      i dont think every jrpg should pursue the same thing, tales of is a franchise that believes in something, persona other thing, SMT another, bravely default another and this makes variety. I dunno this is what makes persona different and i dont think that many developers would do something good with this thematic.

    • kaotron

      They’re just games for fun/entertainment, not everything need to have a deep reason/life lesson behind it. If I wanted to see something real deep I’d just read a philosophy book.

      I like persona as much as the next guy on this page but honestly, even though I enjoy the story&gameplay, I find some of the themes a bit pretentious. I like the tales_of series and loved graces f even though the story had bad characters and went on and on about “friendship” I found the battle gameplay amazing.

    • DesmaX

      It’s actually really hard to do that without sounding preachy.

      Also, every game end up focusing on something. Something like Tales focus more on the battle system, something like Bravely Default focus more on the adventure, and Atlus ones focus more on social commentary.

      • kaotron

        This may sound biased coming from me(a tales_of fan) but imho it seems like the tales_of developers focus most of effort on making a fun battle system while story and characters are almost last.

      • Ethan_Twain

        Yeah, it is really hard to communicate a theme clearly without bashing the reader over the head with it. That’s why we value talented writers – good writing is super hard to create!

        I feel like in the current JRPG scene just about every game has a story with characters and backstories and all that jazz, but pretty much none of them achieve any nuance. There are games without a theme, and there are games that state their theme over and over and over just in case the PLAYER SOMEHOW DIDN’T GET IT YET.

        Sorry. Been playing Xenosaga.

        Anyway, the point is that there aren’t many JRPGs where I can say “Yeah, that’s a meaningful story, that’s well written”. Which is par for the course in video games across the board. JRPGs have so MUCH writing though that it ends up being a bigger issue for a lot of them than for other games with writing of similar quality.

        This Persona 5 project though, I’m optimistic about it. Maybe this is a JRPG where I won’t mash through the dialogue because it’s vaguely embarassing to invest into. Maybe this is a story I’ll remember for more than a week after the credits roll. Maybe this is a story that I come to the game wanting to read, rather than a story I tolerate in order to play the game.

        • DesmaX

          I’ve been playing Xenoblade these days, and I can understand where you’re going for. I remember playing some weird JRPG that tried to do something like that, but it ended up sounding more like these kind of comics (At the end of the post). I ended up laughing at it.

          And, of course, writing a story isn’t easy, especially when the writer doesn’t have much time to do it (Like the Tales series), or is not really “inspired” to do one. Sure, they can say that it has a theme (Again, the Tales series), but if it’s poorly made, the message won’t reach the player.

          It all depends on what kind of game the developers want to make, and when you decide to focus too much on something, you’re bound to compromise something else. Atlus is a company that really focus on the meaning of their story; but, in my opinion, the gameplay part of their games is quite poor (The dungeon crawling in P3 and P4 is as basic as you get, and the battle system isn’t the best thing ever).

          But, one thing for sure, JRPG’s that doesn’t focus too much on story should tone down on the cutscenes. Those really get tiring at some point

          • Ethan_Twain

            And as long as we’re on the topic, I’d like to expand my complaints in one last way. Even if JRPGs can’t present their themes with nuance, could they at least maybe get a little variety? I feel like the following three themes cover 90% of modern JRPG narratives:

            1. The power of friendship will prevail.

            2. The power of true love will prevail.

            3. You can choose your own destiny!

            At least Unsung Story, whatever else is going on with it, isn’t gonna follow one of those three molds. I feel like that’s reason enough to pay into the kickstarter by itself.

          • DesmaX

            To be honest, Persona 5 will fall in the “You can choose your own destiny!”, jugding by his words.

            But I woud certainly enjoy that

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Play more nintendo rpgs

          • Ethan_Twain

            You are correct. Paper Mario and Mario and Luigi games don’t fit this bill at all. Fire Emblem still does though. Xenoblade didn’t change anything up really. Golden Sun seems to be back on hiatus, but it fits within the JRPG formula pretty comfortably.

            Believe me though, I LOVE those Mario RPGs.

          • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

            Forgetting the Mother trilogy ? Glory of Heracles?
            Takt of Magic? For shame.
            Seriously though, Nintendo has way too many rpg franchises XD (10 or 11, then you got the other stuff Monolith did like Baten Kaitos ( think they own it now, and Soma Bringer)

            And fire emblem has 13 games, all different thematically

    • Shippoyasha

      Persona 4 was more about finding yourself while fighting misconceptions from prejudice and illusion perpetrated by society and mass media.

      I do agree more stories in games could afford to have some type of theme and it would do wonders for the rest of the game plotwise.

    • 3PointDecoupage

      Why does a story have to have a theme to be well written? Some of the games I consider well written dont have much more of a central plot than ” lets go on an adventure” and others that do try to have a message end up falling on their face.
      Also, I think its a bit subjective. If you ask ten people qhat the meaning of P4 is youll probably fet more than one answer. None of them are necessarily wrong.

    • Izzeltrioum

      You haven’t played Kiseki, right?

      It puts Persona and SMT into shame in terms of plot development, characters, and pretty much everything.

      • Ethan_Twain

        Nope, I haven’t even heard of it. What’s Kiseki?

  • Abysswalker90

    “Persona 5 Aimed At People That Are Discontent With Their Lives”

    You mean like the previous two installments? Not trying to be a hater, but all this interview brought up is that it’s going to be like P3 and P4 in the sense that it’s going to focus on a central life lesson to enrich the players’ life, which is no surprise.
    Oh, and the fact that we won’t be seeing anything about the game for a while. Which is a shame because it sounds like exactly the kind of game I need at this point in my life. T-T

  • Crimson_Cloud

    “I want players to come away from the game feeling like they have that power to take on the world around them and keep going in life.”

    Hmm, like a New Game Plus, only different kind XD

  • cloudcaelum

    What about secret harem ending?

    Can’t wait to see some pics about game.

  • icup

    “you are slave” to materialism, working a job you don’t like to buy things you don’t need.

  • Rogerrmark

    I like how this series is exploring more and more themes barely explored in games overall and getting in uncharted waters. Stuff like collective consciousness, inner-self, accepting this inner-self, doppelgangers, social issues, media, accepting the inevitable, etc.

    The games have anime/teen troupes as well, but overall, they please me.

    Just wonder if we’ll get a more mature cast this time.

  • SlickRoach

    I’ve never seen so much hype for a game with such little info about until this. I mean Pokémon games usually tease the starters or version exclusive legendaries and you have cinematic trailers like FFXV and KH3. But apparently several shackled chairs and people are already claiming GOTY and one of the best games ever o.o

    • 3PointDecoupage

      Persona fans are a little rabid from waiting so long.

    • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

      It’s Atlus; they don’t milk their franchises and they don’t continue to recycle their IPs. The hype has been earned since SMT I on the Snes~.

      • 3PointDecoupage

        I love Atlus, but its kind of hard to argue that point after the last string of Persona announcements.

        • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

          Depends on your definition of milking, to me milking a franchise is akin to what happens with sport games where the mechanics remain the same with minimum tweaks and rosters matching the actual players of whatever team in whichever part of the World. Or something like CoD which is yearly iteration with very little essense to it. Or Pokemon, which despite the incremental things added to it is, at the end of the day, nothing more than what you were playing back in 1997~.

          Now, let’s look at Persona starting from the PSP days, before then the last entry was PS4 back in like…what? 2k6~?
          -> PSP got a P1 remake [which really, the game could be argued wasn’t available before due to the bastardization of its localization on the PSX], P2:IS, a game that’s been never available before in the West and P3P, a game that added a whole side story to the original game~.
          -> P4:The Golden is a remake, nothing new added to the table [I don’t consider the extras to be that noteworthy]. I’m not going to dispute that~.
          -> P4: Arena was a continuation of the plot of P4~.
          -> P4: Arena Suplex-whatever is a revision of P4:A. You can count it as the second strike~.
          -> Of the upcoming Persona spin offs, you have a rhythm game and a dungeon crawler; they are just side games. You don’t count Mario as a milked franchise just because there’s a golf game starring him or a party game with him and the SM cast, do you~?

          P4: The Golden and P4:A’s revision are about the only two titles worth of a weird eye but even then, two games in such a long span are -really- enough to warrant the concept of Atlus milking Persona~?

          Sorry, but far as my definition goes, it’s just not the case~.


            P4A “revision” is actually P4A2. There was P4 live stage, Anime, glasses, a P4 movie in the works and soft drink. heck there was even a porn parody of it (of course it wasn’t atlus who did it). if this isn’t milking I don’t know what it is. and don’t even get me started in P3 because it was a cow that Atlus milked till it dried and is now ressurecting the damn cow
            And seriously mario is milked by nintendo in its own level because he had a appearence in almost all kind of stuffs

          • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

            Then as I thought, our definitions are different. You look at everything whereas I look just at games. I really don’t care if they make a whole Persona based shop [kinda like Sega did with Sakura Taisen back in the day], I only judge based on the games. Animes of the game, live performances and whatnot have no effect on what I expect of Atlus: games~.

          • Richard N

            But you shouldn’t just look at the games. Persona is a brand and when you use a brand repeatedly than it doesn’t matter what format it’s in, the company is still using that name, that brand to make figures.

            Likewise, I don’t doubt Atlus’ ability to make quality games. But to say they don’t take advantage of the popularity and fans of one of their franchises to make some dough is giving them too much credit.

          • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

            Thing is, I’m a gamer. I only look at games~.


        >The hype has been earned since SMT I on the Snes~

        some Atlus staff members would disagree.

        >It’s Atlus; they don’t milk their franchises and they don’t continue to recycle their IPs

        oh boy. where were you when P3 and P4 fever started?

      • shafiq95

        Persona3,Persona3FES,Persona3Portable,Persona 4,Persona4 Golden,Persona 4 Arena, Persona 4 Arena2,Persona 4 Dance Game, Persona 3 x Persona 4

        This is excluding the mechandise,Anime and Manga,and Concerts

        • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

          Of those titles, only P4: The Golden and P4:A2 are games I’d consider rehash (and even then, they beat overmilked franchises like Pokemon in quality). What would they make a rhythm game from if not from one of the two idols in the Persona verse (the other being Lisa from P2)? Start from scratch so that people who have nothing to complain about would look for something else to do so~?

          The dungeon crawler which I’m guessing is fan service..start from zero so that people won’t assume the worst? Seems like a needless exercise in trying to reinvent the wheel~.

          Funny how a company like Atlus gets criticism for expanding the universe of one of their IPs + two spin offs yet Nintendo is praised for Pokemon and their subpar spin offs just like Activision gets decent amount of praise from critics for delivering the same year after year with minimum tweaks~.

    • icecoffemix

      It’s been 6 years since the last totally new Persona main game. And Atlus has done a good job maintaining their fanbase. Early outlandish claim for game with large fanbase is not unheard for too.

      I don’t see anything new here.

  • PlayLife

    Bring it on Atlus, do your best to localize this because I won’t be buying next-gen anytime soon.

    • Brandonmkii

      Like there’s any chance this WON’T be released in NA.

  • Kumiko Akimoto

    Ohh wow like that hasn’t been done before

    • 3PointDecoupage

      If it has, list some examples. Id like to play them.

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        You mean list of games that have character relatable characters that go “Life’s a drag” and have them go through zanny adventures or try to find themselves through dramatic events and friendship?

        • Haganeren

          No, list of game with a character which can’t go ahead in their life and at the end of the game they can finally going forward.

          Of course it exists…. I think… I would like some example too !

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Where characters are literally suicidal or where characters are just going through the motions of life and feel disconnected from it?

          • Haganeren

            You and me didn’t play Persona 5 so i don’t know which one it will be.

            For me, suicidal and motion of life are all two quite fine subject if you ask me… I don’t really think of a lot of game which have this kind of subject…

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Are you serious? Do you know how japan is? It’s common theme to have the main characters go”Life is dull” until something happens to change everything.
            Clannad, yume miru kusuri off the top of my head have their main characters do .narcissus deals directly with death and suicide.

          • Haganeren

            All of that is Visual Novel, something I am not familiar with aside7th Expension Works.

            … In a GAME, i don’t see a lot of works which have those theme. And even afar from that, it’s not a common theme like, you know, love and friendship….

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            Visual novels are games
            and persona has visual novel elements
            They also use it a lot in anime and manga

          • Haganeren

            I have a different opinion about “Visual Novel = Games” but it’s not our debate right here. (Basically, for me, Clannad isn’t even a Visual Novel, it’s a textual adventure game because you choose your path, you have some kind of gameplay. Umineko is a Visual NOVEL because it’s not a game, the only interaction you have is “turn the page” so yeah, it’s a novel… And not a game.)

            Even beside this aspect, it’s not a common theme like, said, love and friendship. And even less in a RPG so no, it really doesn’t have be done before for me… Or not that much. (I can think of a few Western Point & Click that had those theme but not really in a RPG apart for a few moments in some game…)

          • Kumiko Akimoto

            I’m sorry but i have to point out that clannad is a multiple path visual novel and umineko is a linear visual novel.
            They are both visual novels and both games.
            So you’ve never heard a main character go”I don’t get a lot of excitement in my life?

          • Haganeren

            Kinetic Visual Novel to be exact in the case of Umineko. I don’t agree at all with those term but it’s only my opinion. I personnally think the term “Textual Adventure Text” wasn’t sexy enough, that’s why we invented the term “Visual Novel”. For me it doesn’t make sense, a gamebook like “The Warlock of Firetop Mountain” is a game, not a novel, because there IS gameplay, a goal, some rules.

            And game like Kara No Kyoukai, even if you mostly read text have goal and some rules too. The choice you make means there is a gameplay.. So for me it’s a game, not a novel too.

            That’s why for me, only “Kinetic Visual Novel” like it’s called now is a Visual Novel in the true sense of term. This is not a game at all, it’s a new kind of novel and it’s great.

            But that’s WAY beside the original point. (And everybody don’t care, I love Umineko and Textual Adventure Game anyway)

            About the original point, I don’t consider the village boy which want to have adventure is to the same page as what is described here. The village boy have his wish fulfilled by having a pretty girl with a strange amulet falling from the sky (for example) at the beginning of the adventure.

            Here we talk about heros which can’t go forward in their life ! For me it’s not the same theme at all ! It would be more about our village boy which can’t enter in the society of his village and don’t know what to do about his life…. Something like that if you see my point. And no, i don’t really think of games like that apart for a few Adventure Games maybe yeah… Nothing in RPG though or it’s quite rare.

    • icecoffemix

      Everything has been done before, might as well stop consuming media.

      • Kumiko Akimoto

        Yeah I forget where i said it was a bad thing

        • icecoffemix

          So you’re just stating the obvious? Okay.

          • Kumiko Akimoto


  • Demeanor

    Definitely more deep and interesting than I expected, a lot of potential here; if played well this could definitely live up to the series’ name (no easy task in itself, I’d be scared ****less if *I* had to create a new Persona).
    I hope the tone will be darker, I hope the ordinary daily life parts will branch more out of school and into the darkest angles of the big city, I hope the protagonists will be more adult this time (univ sounds good), and dealing with different problems and relationships.
    Damn, this article increased my hype by a fair amount…

  • Earthjolly

    So the government is the final boss.

    Challenge Accepted

    • Ash_Riot

      Ever played SMT1?

      • Juan Manuel M. Suárez

        Unfortunately, most people know of Atlus because of Persona rather than SMT. Not their fault entirely, as SMT I/SMT II could only be played through fan translations that not everybody knew about or even how to apply~.

        • Ash_Riot

          Atlus really should re-release the PSX remake of the first two games on Vita/3DS or something or just remake them with the SMTIV engine. Speaking of Persona, the characters in Persona 2 fight against government officials there too, forgot about that. Then there’s the military in Devil Survivor…

          • Hound

            Not the first “two” games.. the first three. You can’t forget about Shin Megami Tensei: If. SMT:If is like the father of persona 1/2 and the rebellious Persona 3/4.

            Either way, even Kyuuyaku Megami Tensei is plenty hype. I’d pre-order a portable collection of 1/2/If/Kyuuyaku the moment it were mentioned. Especially if the interface, exploration, menus, etc received updates.

          • Ash_Riot

            Ever played Giten? That’s a strange curiousity for me; a PC Megami Tensei game and the combat is in real time.

            Yeah, if… was the precursor to Persona. Still waiting on that fan translation, myself.

            Looking forward to whatever they’re announcing for the MegaTen anniversary (no doubt what Kaneko has been working on).

          • Hound

            Giten is unfortunately a very very hard find and the few copies I’ve ever seen were both incredibly expensive and in bad condition (no box, no booklet, CD in rough condition -may not work-). Much like most obscure PC games in Japan. Both Windows & PC98 versions are hard to come across at all.

            Luckily the Majin Tensei games are easy to find. But, I guess Devil Survivor lowers their appeal.

          • Ash_Riot

            Giten is THE hardest to find MegaTen game, I think. I’ve never seen it on eBay or Japan Yahoo Auctions, ever.

            I wish there was a fan translation for the Majin Tensei games; they look ace. I like Devil Survivor as well, of course, but Majin Tensei has some cool aesthetics appeal to me. Aside from Rondo for SEGA Saturn; that looks terrible (that music!)

        • Slayven19

          Not to mention that the dungeons were a complete turn off for lots of people at that time. As much as I love SMTI/ SMTII the FP dungeons are not my cup of tea.

          • Haganeren

            I just did the first SMT on SNES for now but strangely, I prefer the dungeon from here that the dungeon from Persona 2 : Innocent Sin that completely turned me off. I just found them very boring and SMT… I don’t know, they were not great but with the map, it maintain me entertained I think.

            But that’s just me. (Or maybe i was waiting for THE WORST DUNGEON EVER and i just had something “not that bad” so it makes a better impression on me ?)

    • God

      I’m pretty sure Persona 1 had you fighting Hitler, so fighting the everyday government would actually be a step back.

      • Hound

        Persona 2: Innocent Sin was Hitler. Persona 1 was teddy bears and eldritch abominations.

        • God

          My bad, but i stand by my original statement.

  • deadMastershiro


  • chroma816

    This is actually sounding pretty great right now. I’m definitely all in. Now we just need a trailer/character art/*something*

  • kassandra

    aren’t we all discontent with our lives in some way?

  • ScumbagSoldier

    Hoping this ends up actually interesting, and not pretentious.

  • Persona 5 is sounding glorious =)

  • Steven Higgins

    “People who’ve played Persona 3 and Person 4 should ‘feel right at home'”
    So… Social Links confirmed?

    • Samsara09

      what made the caracters interesting in P3 and P4 were the social links.They came to stay,I believe.

      • Kaetsu

        Despite what the P1 and P2 fans say, social links were a great addition to the series and they really fleshed out the characters.

        • Strain42

          I like Social Links, but I hate that in P4 Social Links were pretty much the ONLY way the party members felt fleshed out, and it made it feel like they had a lot less development during the actual story. If they do keep social links around (which I hope they do) I hope they’re closer to how P3 handled things, and I hope they make some strong adjustments to the core concept of it.

          • Kaetsu

            Yeah. Persona 3 had a lot of stuff going on outside of the social links. In fact the majority of the character development was outside of the SLinks.

  • TheDarkEmpress

    Persona 5: Breeding terrorists

    I wanna play this asap.

  • 3PointDecoupage

    One thing I hope for is getting rid of randomly generated dungeons. Make it more like P2.
    And I want the battle systrm to be like in that original version of P3 siliconera showed a while ago where theres no transition between field and battle.
    And I want an easier time getting all the social links in one go.

    • Bio438

      I wouldn’t mind getting rid of the randomly generated dungeons and having a seamless battle system. But to make the social links easier would just make the game way to easy and ruin any replay value for me. What I would like though is a more dynamic and flexible social link system were it is possible to max the link various ways rather than being forced to say specific things.

  • Alex

    Huh, I was hoping P5 would be what P3/4 was to P2…Guess they are playing it safe.

    Can’t wait for some screen shots or a better trailer or something.

    • Kumiko Akimoto

      A new gameplay system and style all together?Well they said that they were going to have a new gameplay feature and such so yeah

  • Kaetsu

    This game is probably going to have an incredibly sad and dark story.
    I approve.


    inb4 the peoples with problems are upper middle to rich class teenagers.
    I sure hope that we get more mature and low class characters in this one but i don’t see it happening

  • stephane3012

    Life itself is not a satisfying experience….until this game lol.

  • Dianatos

    You mean 3 and 4’s power trips where the main character is an all-powerful mary sue and that had sex with every single person in town isn’t satisfying enough for people discontent with their lives?

    • harmonyworld

      sounds like you never played either of those games if that’s what you think.

    • Bio438

      I wouldn’t call the p3 protagonist all powerful considering how it ended and the social links with the girls can be taken however you want. The problem with an all powerful character being not satisfying is that it is very hard for me to relate to someone who faces no problems.

      • Dianatos

        Honestly, I was really exaggerating with p3, so I actually agree with you for the most part. Playing the P3 MC was kind of a mixed bag. Near the end, you really did feel like you had all of the power in the world in your hand (Victory Cry + Armageddon…). But at the same time, even with his backstory, the MC didn’t seem to have many issues for most of the game and actually felt like kind of a jerk. That’s probably a silent protagonist thing though.

        • Bio438

          In terms of gameplay it was easy to be overpowered but what I meant was how he couldn’t ‘beat’ nyx, he could only postpone it iirc by not letting the thing from the answer make contact with it.

          • Dianatos

            I understand that as well. He ending up resorting to the best possible solution. However, even then, the way they executed it turned him into a um… Messiah figure, for lack for a better term. This makes it seem like he’s still powerful, but just enough for the new solution. If that made any sense at all. I apologize if it didn’t.

  • Earthjolly

    So how should they summon their personas now?

    P3 Evokers were a thousand times cooler than just breaking the cards with your hands in P4. I was thinking a knife and doing a ”Slitting” your throat action or maybe Sepukku? What do you guys think?


      snapping fingers

      • Laer_HeiSeiRyuu

        Jojo Pose

      • Earthjolly


    • Breaking the chain!

  • Bio438

    I hope the interactions the player with the world feel more real this time. I also want something similar to strega from p3 but have them as actual persona users that aren’t part of the group.

  • So it’s aimed at pretty much everyone

  • makubexnas

    Persona 5 : discussion serious shit about life.

  • Detrimont

    this would have been perfect for me a few years ago

  • Kelohmello

    Cool. Now show me footage.

  • E.T.993

    It’s not even out and I already have them feels.

  • Sakurazaki

    As hype as I was when I saw the trailer, I can’t help at reading out the Engrish.

    Me: “You… Are… Slave…?”

  • Kazekage Gaara

    Sounds like me and my depression issues….

  • Kyle McDaniel

    so teenage angst?

  • Akemi Nakajima

    This is from Persona magazine, released in back December.

    What bothers me most is some comments here rather than article itself. Some people never played the Persona series just acting all might and high and typing nonsense stuff without even fully understanding the series.

  • I can relate sadly at times. :c

  • Nitraion

    The theme kinda mellow-mellow to me….
    if they aim like that would be nice and make sense if the MC is not a student? at least collage level

  • Michael Connell

    So will we have any adult persona users who aren’t bad guys in this game?

  • Zer0faith

    Here’s hoping it sticks to multiple choices and endings.

  • djl33

    I see the blood on the leaves
    I see the blood on the leaves
    I know that we the new salves
    I see the blood on the leaves

  • Espoir

    I don’t have any words to say, it’s too beautiful :’)

  • ofedenhall

    While I am happy for any Persona. I still can’t help but feel disappointed that they will not get over the Highschool setting.

    So many more options for a more fleshed out and dynamic time system if it were set in something like college, or a detectives agency (yes I know P4 was basically a detective theme, but it’s still different). Even in college you would have so much more freedom. Open classes, being able to skip classes, part time job may have a stronger influence. You’re not bound by the limitations of being a Japanese teenager.

    Four times was enough (P1 was barely, I know), but I guess they have to pander to their fanbase.

    • AkuLord3

      Wasn’t P2 Eternal not about High Schoolers : p (one technically) just saying

      , and yeah a new kind of setting would be cool but really that’s not why we like the games so like always DEAL WITH IT

  • Rake

    Atlus… You’re killing me here ;n;

  • Alestaos

    Im glad some P5 coverage huge fan of P3 and P4…just release wise im worried i live in a PAL area and am still waiting for SMIV and persona game wise we always get them few months later. Some aspects like that worry me not to get hyped for the game when release could be another IV.

  • God

    People who are not content with their lives, doing some simple calculations based on the size of the earth, the density of human population, the cultural differences, and human nature means that this game is aimed aaaat… MOTHERFUCKING EVERYONE.

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    My body is ready.

  • mastersanta

    i hope that this game will have less talk about ‘manliness’ cause for some people that can be very repellent.

  • mastersanta

    i hope that this game will have less ‘manliness’ talk in it cause for some people that can be quite repellent

  • Midori Inaba

    Wooo, so exited!!
    Winter feels so far away!! I just hope it’s a world wide release.

  • Cerzel

    This description just makes the once again high school setting sound even more out of place.
    Seriously, these themes would be far more at home with actual adults who deal with these kinds of things, not another group of kids who barely have any idea yet what it means to be chained down.

  • Demonspartanx20

    Here’s a thought, he talks about people fighting against the world and the chains that tie us down. Now i already kind of expect this to be like Persona 3 and 4, but what if this freedom he talks about is maybe a return of YHVH or God or maybe Lucifer as a final boss? again because Persona is still an SMT game and within the SMT universe as a whole

    • icecoffemix

      Probably not since Persona is now a big IP in western and they won’t risk delving into thing that could have potential controversy.

      • Demonspartanx20

        That is true, but hey i mean dante’s inferno did it. So maybe it’s not too out of the question

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  • megaten666

    People want P5 to be different. Then P5 going to be different. Then people gonna complain being it different.
    Remember people! Remember Resident Evil! I’d like P5 how I like my P3: dark, epic, highschool themed.

    Just a reminder: Persona 1 was also about high schoolers. And Persona 1 was the spritual sequel to Shin Megami Tensei If…, which is also has a highschool setting. All in all, Persona is all about high schoolers, like it or not. Actually, Persona 2 is the black sheep in the series (that’s not a negative critic here, just saying, you know, environment-wise).

  • EQeE

    Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. Please don’t be digital in EU when you are localized. IMPORTING IS EXPENSIVE AS FUCK.

  • peppe

    Persona 4 > Face yourself
    Persona 5 > Free yourself?

  • koksuckaahh

    This one is gonna is really gonna hit home

  • Tyrannikos

    I feel as if this game is going to be decent commentary on Japan’s current state. Many Japanese men are absolutely sick of the society they live in. They don’t want to work 60+ hour work weeks to support a marriage that doesn’t mean much to either person. They live to work so that they can afford to live to work. It’s depressing. That’s all I can think of when I read this article.

    I’m excited to read the full piece and the rest of Hasino’s thoughts. Even more excited to see how P5 develops.

  • gr3yfxx

    This sounds A LOT like Catherine, thematically, which makes me really really excited.

  • T-X

    Hmmm i wonder how a persona game would play if it was like kingdom hearts…

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