is chronologically the sixth RPG game in the Persona series, which is part of the larger Megami Tensei franchise. read more
is chronologically the sixth RPG game in the Persona series, which is part of the larger Megami Tensei franchise.
Preparatory work on Persona 5 began in 2010, with full development beginning following the release of Catherine in 2011. Returning prominent staff from previous games included director and producer Katsura Hashino, character designerShigenori Soejima, and composer Shoji Meguro. The game's themes revolved around attaining freedom from the limitations of modern society; the story was strongly inspired by picaresque fiction, and the party's initial Personas were based around the theme of outlaws. First announced in 2013, it was originally scheduled for a 2015 release before being pushed back by a year so its quality and content could be increased.
Persona 5 is a role-playing video game where the player takes on the role of a silent protagonist, and experiences events over the course of one year while attending high school in Tokyo: the year is punctuated by events such as school trips and festivals. The Social Link system from Persona 3 and 4 returns in an altered form, alongside an additional "Cooperation" feature that helps gain allies within the city. As with previous entries in the series, the game uses a turn-based combat system, although new features have been added over previous entries. A central part of combat is using Personas, manifestations of a character's psyche: they are summoned through a character's mask. New Personas can be acquired after being defeated in battle, turning into new masks. The party also has access to long-range and short-range weapons.
Persona 5 takes place within the Persona universe: set in modern times, it revolves around a group of people who must face dark forces by harnessing Personas, manifestations of their inner psyche. Persona 5 is set in modern-day Tokyo, with navigable locations including Shinjuku, Shibuya and Yongenjaya. Alongside larger environments, there are specific locations that can be entered such as shops. A major setting in Tokyo is Syujin High School, which the Protagonist attends. There also exists a parallel realm known as "the Palace": born from the amalgamated hearts of humans, it holds multiple areas such as a castle, pyramid and art gallery. It also houses the corrupt hearts of adults. A location that returns from earlier entries is the Velvet Room, a metaphysical haven for the growth of Persona users that shifts appearance depending on the current guest: in Persona 5, it takes the form of a prison.
The player character is a silent Protagonist in common with other Persona games: he becomes the defacto leader of the "Phantom Thieves of Hearts" vigilante group. His first companion is problem child Ryuji Sakamoto, who forms the "Phantom Thieves of Hearts" with the Protagonist. A third founding member is Morgana, a mysterious cat-like creature they aid within the Palace. Over the course of the game, further people join the group, including the withdrawn quarter-American Anne Takamaki; art protegee and Kousei Public High School student Yusuke Kitagawa; Syujin student council president Makoto Niijima; Futaba Sakura, a withdrawn first-year student with genius computer skills; and cultured heiress Haru Okumura. Also interacting with the character are the residents of the Velvet Room: Igor, and his two assistants Caroline and Justine.
Persona 5 opens when the Protagonist is arrested after assaulting a man who was stalking women: due to the severity of the man's injuries, the Protagonist is put on probation. Transferred to Syujin High School in Tokyo where he stays with friends of his parents, the Protagonist meets up with Ryuji, and the two stumble upon the Palace after gaining access to a supernatural mobile app. The Protagonist and his growing party of companions, seeking release from their restrictive lives and wanting to become outlaws, form a group known as the "Phantom Thieves of Hearts": the group navigate the Palace and steal corruption from adult hearts in an attempt to reform society. During their exploits, they must confront both adult authorities and a greater enemy revealed through their exploits.
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