By Karli Winata / November 26th, 2013
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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