We’re still waiting to hear more about Persona 5, but in the meantime, Persona Team producer and director Katsura Hashino recently shared a message for fans in a 4Gamer developer feature, which provides a hint of some of the feelings we might get from the upcoming game. Hashino stated:
“As we head into next year, which already feels very sudden, we’re adopting the words ‘be personal for change’. [Note: Hashino uses English for this phrase.] Actually, this is the motto of the development team that I’m a part of. While they say that Atlus is more on the individualistic side, individuality breaks away from common rules and models, so it can be seen as a nuisance as well.
“However, the way I see a person’s character, it can spread to others, and it can also change the way they think and behave, for good or for bad… and that’s the potential power I see [in individuality].
“We may feel some sort of suffocation in this world today, but as long as the world is comprised of relationships among humans, it is a person’s character, or a group’s character, that will provide the ‘power’ to destroy that ‘feeling of entrapment’.
“With those thoughts in mind, we’re currently zealously developing the Persona series’ next main numbered title. Please look forward to the next announcements.”
Persona 5 will release in 2015 for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.