Persona 5 Locked For September Release In Japan, Watch Stunning New Trailer


As promised, Atlus has announced plans to launch long-awaited JRPG sequel Persona 5 in Japan on September 15 – and there’s a new trailer to boot.

Once the countdown clock came to an end earlier today – 5/5, incidentally – the developer hosted a livestream revealing those Japanese release plans. Although at the time of writing, there’s no mention of when Persona 5 will make its way west. One consolation for fans though is that the sequel will feature at E3.

Slated to arrive across both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, an “Anniversary Edition” of P5 will hit Japan to commemorate 20 years since the first game launched. Now, two decades since the Shin Megami Tensei series made its bow, Atlus has all hands at the pump in anticipation of Persona 5.

Revolving around a group of teens claiming to be the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, Game Director Katsura Hashino revealed that the studio is “going with a challenge that fuses together a juvenile school setting that is as large as life, together with a picaresque romance.”

“In the previous game, we wrote a story that involved having a justice group chase down a bad guy that could easily be feared by just about anyone. This time, it’s about a group of high school students that are being ‘chased’ by unexpected occurrences due to the justice they believe in. 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 will hit PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in Japan on September 15. No word yet on when Atlus plans to bring the sequel west, but we expect to learn much more in time for E3 2016.