Kinda had the feeling that it wasn't going to make it this year. Definitely sucks, but will be worth the wait.
Hate that the devs were so adamant about it coming this year, and then as we close it on it, they delay it.
I really hope it has all of the stuff they say they are putting into the game.
New details on Persona 5, including the reveal of its fifth party member, have leaked via Japanese magazines. Get the information below.
Our heroes shake up the big city as the “Heart’s Phantom Thieves.” They send notice in advance to persons to confess their crimes and reform, and set out to steal the “rotten hearts” from “rotten adults” for the sake of changing a rotten world. Personas
Protagonist – Arsene
Ryuji Sakamoto – Captain Kidd
Morgana – Zorro
Ann Takamaki – Carmen
Fifth Party Member
The fifth member of the Phantom Thieves is a young man named Yuusuke Kitagawa, voiced by Tomokazu Sugita. His persona is Goemon. He is a scholarship student that attends the Kousei Public High School as part of the academy’s art course. He is a live-in disciple of his Japanese painter landlord Madarame.
I finally have an excuse to bump this awesome thread into 2016, despite this not actually being a news update... but still, according to a recent Famitsu poll, more people are anticipating Persona 5 than Final Fantasy VII Remake (and it's the PS4 version of the game that is ranked higher).
[QUOTE="Vyse, post: 6498603]I finally have an excuse to bump this awesome thread into 2016, despite this not actually being a news update... but still, according to a recent Famitsu poll, more people are anticipating Persona 5 than Final Fantasy VII Remake (and it's the PS4 version of the game that is ranked higher).[/QUOTE]
IMO....Persona is simply superior to Final Fantasy as a franchise. So yeah....agree with the poll.
The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu features an interview with Atlus CEO Naoto Hiraoka.Discussing Atlus’ plans for 2015 and the future of the company, Hiraoka told the magazine, “In 2015, we were able to develop existing IP like Persona 4: Dancing All Night and Etrian Mystery Dungeon. In 2016, starting with Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir, we plan to release a large number of titles. In the summer, we’ll launch the long-awaited Persona 5. Of course, in addition to that we have several unannounced titles. I have no doubt this will be a year Atlus’ popular series all gather together. “While the release date hasn’t been decided, I want you to also look forward to VanillaWare’s 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim.” Atlus recently said it was almost finished development on Etrian Odyssey V. Perhaps we’ll hear a release window for that one soon enough? Thanks, Hachima Kikou.
Sadly, the third trailer already mentioned the Summer 2016 release date for Japan... I wonder if maybe they're trying not to release too close to the more popular Japanese games like Final Fantasy XV in the Western market.
Fans of the "Shin Megami Tensei: Persona" franchise will be glad to know that the next installment in the series, "Persona 5," is confirmed to be arriving this summer.According to Gematsu, the news came from no less than the game's developer. Reportedly, the latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine Dengeki PlayStation features an interview with Atlus CEO Naoto Hiraoka.
The interview delved into the game development company's 2015 run and what it means for future releases. The CEO said that the company's run last year was a successful one since, "we were able to develop existing IP like 'Persona 4: Dancing All Night' and 'Etrian Mystery Dungeon.'"
Meanwhile, Hiraoka also stated that this bodes well for future releases, starting with their 2016 lineup. In the interview, the CEO added, "In 2016, starting with 'Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir,' we plan to release a large number of titles. In the summer, we'll launch the long-awaited 'Persona 5.' Of course, in addition to that we have several unannounced titles. I have no doubt this will be a year Atlus' popular series all gather together."
"Persona 5" is one of Atlus's most-awaited releases, and fans previously expected the game to launch in late 2015 but it was not released. However, with Hiraoka's statements, it is now confirmed that the latest upcoming installment will have a summer 2016 outing.
While fans wait for "Persona 5," numerous teasers and details have already leaked about the game. According to Crossmap, while the upcoming title will still feature characters with their different inner selves called Persona, the story for "Persona 5" will delve deeper into how personal choices affect a person's surroundings.
In "Persona 5," the group of main protagonists will always be on the run, and as lead designer Katsura Hashino said, "We're writing [the story] to convey a thrilling everyday life in the shoes of these characters, that are as large as life, in this juvenile school setting."
Persona 5 is slowly nearing its summer release in Japan and retailers in the land of the rising sun are starting to put up advertisements in stores for what will clearly be one of the biggest games of the year. One of the biggest Japanese games, manga and anime retailers Animate recently put up an image on Twitter (via PersonaCentral) showcasing their Persona 5 themed section full of Persona merchandise. The image below is from the Animate stored located in the Machida area of Tokyo. Not really much to the new advertisement really as they mostly feature art and images we’ve seen before. This is the second set of advertisement for the game after the “Search for the Phantom Thieves” event back in September 2015. Developed by Atlus’ P-Studio the game will star a band of thieves as they help people by stealing the ill will in their hearts. Many of the iconic Persona elements including Social Links will be making a return. Persona 5 after three excruciating delays will finally release this summer in Japan and in Western regions later this year. The game is in development for both the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4.
Series chief director Katsura Hashino recently shared the latest on the development of Persona 5 in the March 2016 issue of Persona Magazine. Here are some of the key notes from the interview. [Thanks, Game Jouhou.]
Persona 4 got a bunch of extra content added to Persona 4 Golden, and as a result of not compromising with the volume, it was a lot of work. That said, [Persona 5] has some truly gorgeous content.
Dungeons and level design will be very different when compared to past titles. There are things that make them all different, and each dungeon will be thoroughly enjoyable.
Thanks to having a bit of a stereotypical theme with “phantom thief,” it made it possible to be able to put in work that will surprise the players. From there, they’re looking to mix in contemporary drama with the likeness of Persona, to create something that can express the fun of entertainment.
The reason the stage is set in Tokyo is so they can push the idea of having an amazing phantom thief drama play out in the world we know.
Most of the characters in the game are labeled, judged, and are living unfortunate everyday lives that have no escape. Rising up and breaking out of such situation is what you’ll see as you move forward in the game.
About Ryuji Sakamoto: He’s one to say “let’s change this world!” and pull the protagonist. It’s because of Ryuji that the protagonist begins his life as a phantom thief. He may be defiant, but he’s a nice guy. For this reason, voice actor Mamoru Miyano is a good fit. His Persona “Captain Kidd” is a good fit with Ryuji’s setting and episode.
About Maki Ann Takamaki: She’s a quarter-American girl who returned to Japan, and while she may be popular, she doesn’t have any friends, and is a character that looks like she may stand out among her peers, but she’s actually isolated and lonely. Once she joins the party, she’ll take on the role of the life of the party. Her Persona, “Carmen,” has a femme-fatale side to her, and due to a certain incident, they join the protagonist and Ryuji to take on the other world. That said, she’s a character that will have an impact on the fate of the main characters.
About Morgana: Morgana is similar to Persona 4’s Teddie, and will help in the navigation of the other world. She’s been working in the phantom thief business since before due to certain reasons, and will raise the protagonist and friends as proper phantom thieves. Morgana takes the appearance of a regular cat in the real world, but Hashino will keep the reason for that as a surprise for now. Her Persona “Zorro” is actually Morgana’s admired form. Since she’s little and is often called out with “hey, cat,” her Persona shows an ideal macho form.
About Yusuke Kitagawa: An eccentric character, but you might sense a different charm from him than you’d get from his illustration appearance. He’s a talented artist, and is an honor student in art.
There will be a similar system to “Social Link.” With the question of how to make communication for the characters of Persona 5 into a driving force, Hashino hopes to see it go a step higher in the human relation part of things than what we saw in the Social Link of Persona 3 and Persona 4.
Heading into the Persona series’ 20th anniversary, Hashino hopes they can make an announcement to please the fans, but he hopes everyone looks forward to Persona 5 first.
Persona 5 is expected to release in summer 2016 in Japan for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, and sometime later in 2016 for North America.