Persona 5 Release Date, Characters, Review, DLC and News 2016

“PERSONA 20th!” Magazine to Be Released Feb. 9

The release of Persona Offical Magazine’s latest issue, headlined “PERSONA 20th!”, will be released February 9th of this year, according to a listing posted by Amazon Japan.

The 160-page issue by publisher Kadokawa is expected to focus on Persona’s 20th anniversary events from last year, and is priced at ¥1,290.

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New Persona Installment Looming?

A statement recently made by Atlus Business Director Naoto Hiraoka has gotten many fans excited as it seemed to have given hope that a new Persona installment is looming.

In a statement he recently made, Hiraoka said:

We’re steadily developing other titles behind the scenes, including the Persona series. We plan to announce future titles in the new year, without keeping you waiting too long.

While there are no mentions of a concrete plan for another Persona installment just yet, the game’s fans in the North American archipelago can, for the meantime, keep themselves entertained with the official release of P5 in the region on April 4th of this year.

NPCs

While getting to know the most important characters of Atlus’s Persona 5 game is both useful and entertaining, fans can also expect helpful tips from the NPCs in the game.

Here are some of the NPCs that players can either talk to, or train in the game.

Sadayo Kawakami

Sadayo Kawakami is the protagonist’s Homeroom teacher, and she has a secret that she doesn’t want people to find out. If the player finds out what the secret is exactly, a deal can be struck with her and suddenly, slacking off is now legal.

Toranosuke Yoshida

Toranosuke Yoshida is an unappreciated politician who can help you become better. With him also lies the option to converse with enemies during battle, as well as ask for additional items and money.

Hifumi Togo
A skilled Shogi player, Hifumi Togo will help players unlock various skills that can be useful in aiding your team. This includes the ability to swap members mid-fight.

Futaba Sakura

As expected, Atlus has just released a new trailer for another of the characters featured in its hit game, Persona 5.

The latest trailer features none other than the Phantom’s ‘resident hacker’, Futaba Sakura.

Featuring an interview with Futaba Sakura’s voice actor, Erica Lindbeck, the transcript of the video, as reported by Persona Central, is as follows:

When you’re a group of mischievous teenage rebels up to no good, it would probably be beneficial to have a member act as your eyes and ears. It’s not the most glamourous of jobs, but Futaba Sakura is in her element when acting as the Phantom Thieves’ resident hacker. Although she’s a socially awkward recluse who stopped attending school, she gets tangled up with the gang and ends up as their navigator. Codenamed Oracle, Futaba is a vital member of the Phantom Thieves who will always guide them towards their destination or find a nifty escape route when they’re in a jam. She can also offer moral support that provides buffs to the team to change the tide of battles! Although she’s not active in the field, Futaba is irreplaceable and one of our personal favorite characters in the game.

Ryuji Sakamoto

The latest Persona 5 trailer shows Ryuji Sakamoto, a former athlete who suffered an injury that ended what would have been a promising career for him due to inhumane training conditions set by his coach, Kamoshida, who pushed him over the edge.

Watch the trailer here:

Here’s a transcript of the video from Persona Central:

Shujin Academy is home to many high school delinquents, but the most notorious misfit would have to be Persona 5’s Ryuji Sakamoto. Ryuji was a promising track star who tragically suffered a career ending injury due to “overtraining” by the sadistic coach Kamoshida. With no future in the sport he loves and experiencing first-hand the evil of “shitty adults,” Ryuji becomes a social pariah who rebels against a society he perceives as corrupt.

Even though he’s the definition of a troublemaker, he has a kind heart and always puts the Phantom Thieves before himself. In short, Ryuji is a true friend that can always be counted on to have your back in a jam. Plus, having a tough guy with a skull mask in your crew is just awesome.

Ann Takamaki

The latest of the Persona 5 trailers reveal Ann Takamaki, a character that has suffered as a center of attention among the gossip-mongers in school.

Ann’s suffering has led her to become an outcast, which makes her one of the most interesting characters in Persona’s fifth installment.

Erika Harlacher brings Ann’s character to life as its voice actor, who joins the ranks of many other as equally talented voice actors behind Persona 5 characters.

Location

Unlike its predecessor, Persona 4, which features a location called Inaba, Persona 5 features a location that is a whole lot closer to reality than one would even expect or think.

The game, which was just released September 15th in Japan and China, features Tokyo as its location.

As noted by Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku, Persona 5’s Tokyo location is so much closer to reality than one would think it is.

It appears that the location in the game was modeled off of Tokyo’s Sangengaya, a place just west of Shibuya.

The game’s exact location is called Yongenjaya, where the prefix yon means “four”; while its real-world counterpart, Sangengaya, contains the prefix san, which simply means “three”.

Other notable similarities between P5′ location and its real-world counterpart, says Kotaku, include cafes, laundromats, movie theaters, supermarkets, and batting centers that look nearly identical to each other.

Some of the establishments’ names in the game appear to be closely identical to their real-world counterparts as well, and the vibe that surrounds the area is just as similar.

Storage Requirements

P5 requires at least 20 GB of hard drive memory from PlayStation 4 gaming consoles in order for the game to be successfully installed via its disc version.

Meanwhile, users planning on playing Persona 5 on the PlayStation 3 will have to have at least 4.6 GB of HDD on their consoles — which is a much lower requirement compared to that required of the newer gaming console, PS4.

It also appears that the game can go as high as 720p — as far as resolution is concerned — on the game’s PS3 version.

Release Date

Persona 5 has just been released September 15th in Japan and China, and is expected to be released April 4th of next year in the U.S. and the rest of North America, as well as Europe.

Gameplay

As promised, Atlus has recently previewed an extended gameplay footage of Persona 5 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2016 or E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

A video of the highly-coveted gameplay footage of P5 has been captured by IGN.

The video, which can be viewed below, is a raw footage taken at a demo screen at the event’s showroom floor.

We warn users, however, that the said video isn’t exactly of professional quality. Nevertheless, the video is a must-see for all Persona 5 fans as it gives its users a glimpse of the much-awaited game.

Watch the video here: