(Japan) More Persona 5 Details

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

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Persona 5

Hungry for some Persona 5 details? Atlus has revealed to Dengeki PlayStation some cryptic background information on the imagery shown in Sunday’s trailer.

Atlus has said the chairs in the teaser are from a senior high school. As implied by the ball and chain around the chair’s legs, the desire for freedom will play a significant role in the game. It will still be set in high school, but it will have a very different atmosphere. What that means exactly is not elaborated upon. Atlus will be aiming for a sense of realism through the characters, ideals, and values found in the game.

The Shin Megami Tensei series, in its various incarnations, have always dealt with devil summoning as its central gameplay mechanic. The Persona offshoot of that series differentiates itself by having contemporary high school students as the primary characters of the game, which oddly enough gives it more in common with the novel that inspired the series than the mainline SMT games.

The revelation of the high school setting shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with the series. The change in “atmosphere” is rather intriguing, however. Is this a special high school? Is the ball and chain literally part of the institution, or is it simply a metaphor of what the characters will experience? So many questions, and plenty of time to come up with more.

Persona 5 is slated for a winter 2014 release for the PlayStation 3 in Japan.


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  • Keichi Morisato

    well… i hope the MC has a “voice”…

    • 123 cups

      More likely the MC won’t have a voice seeing how the MC is supposed to be you.

    • Keichi Morisato

      the thing is, he isn’t me, and if i can’t get emotionally attached to the main character i quickly loose interest. i’d rather play a shitty turn based JRPG with terrible writing and an annoying main character than play any game with an SP who’s name isn’t Link, no matter how good the game is. to me SP’s means that the writers were too lazy to put any effort in any real character development and is a terrible excuse. one doesn’t need to be silent to be a player insert.

    • Giordan

      You’re supposed to make connections to the other characters rather than the MC. That’s why the MC is silent.

    • Keichi Morisato

      i don’t give two shits about other characters, i only care about how they interact with the main character, and how the main character interacts with them. it be like if harry potter was still the chosen one, but even though the story was about harry potter, all of the character development was about Ron and Hermine, i don’t care about Ron or Hermine, ONLY harry potter because he is the main character and HE is the one i am supposed to create an emotional connection with, and i can’t create an emotional bond with the main character i can’t become invested in the story.

    • Apple Sauce

      Why are you playing Persona games then?

      Also, your HP reference is completely contradictory because the power of that story is Harry’s relationship to the other characters, and how they drive his development and motivation to save the goddamn world. Harry Potter, the Chosen One who fights Voldemort for personal gain and profit, and not because he like, cares about other people and stuff is not a cool story, bro.

    • Keichi Morisato

      i have tried playing them, because i thought i would give them a shot. and no not at all, you understood what made harry potter great, and that i was trying to convey the fact that if he wasn’t a voiced protagonist, the story would have no meaning. none of this wouldn’t have been conveyed had not had a voice. i am not saying that Persona should change simply because i hate SP’s, just voicing mis distaste for them.

    • Daniel Dorestant
    • Thanatos2k

      I do hope that this time the main character has a character. They’ve shown they are willing to retroactively give the Persona 4 MC characterization and a voice, hopefully they’ll just do it from the start in Persona 5.

    • Giordan

      That would break the tradition of not only Persona, but of the SMT franchise in general.

    • Keichi Morisato

      they already had him speak in the game, he says “persona” so he can talk and he does have his own personality, if he is supposed to be an SP i would like it to be explained why he can’t talk, like mute at birth, mute because he got sick as a child, something.

    • Zimmer Remmiz

      He does talk though, and you pick his dialogue, however sparse they might be, if you want a game like this where the protagonist is talkative go play Mass Effect…

    • Keichi Morisato

      that doesn’t count as talking. and yes i do play Mass Effect, i haven’t beatn the first game yet even though i own all three games and all of the DLC (except any Micro transaction DLC from the 3rd game) also, i don’t care weather or not it does have a talkative protagonist, i want one yes, but if it won’t i simply won’t buy the game, i know that a lot of people like it, and who am i to complain. my main thing about SP’s is that i would prefer it to be explained as to why you the player never hear him say anything, and i would prefer he not talk to anyone in game ever, instead use sign language or something. essentially i need reasons.

  • Terry Torres

    HMMMMM, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but I will be very happy when get back to an Eternal Punishment style plot. Y’know, one with adults.

    I mean, I’m sure I’m gonna like it.

  • Pedro Rosas

    So they are going back to the SMT formula with a splash of P3

  • Ace

    Was hoping for a college setting but perhaps they can do that with P6.

  • Aiddon

    Maybe it’s a private school this time; one where things are a lot more strict and monitored

  • SuperJ

    I really hope the ‘change in atmosphere’ is back to that of the first 2 (three really) persona games. Nothing against 3 and (more so) 4, but the series could use some change from the super colorful IMO.

  • Apple Sauce

    At any rate, my vote is that it’s a highly restrictive and prestigious private school, where the expectations are extremely high for student accomplishment and mainstream conformity, and the theme is going to be based on shirking those expectations. I feel like there’s a constant undercurrent of societal and parental pressures in the comments of the NPCs when you talk to them in the previous Persona games, so i think it’s a natural progression for a main storyline.

  • Ninty

    Almost four years later… lol