Persona 5 will still take place in a Japanese high school, and like all the other games, it will feature a social aspect to complement all the demon slaying. Only this time, it’s not adhering to the busy life of a social city-dweller or an exchange student adjusting to the countryside.
Persona 5 is all about overcoming challenges to break free from a system that holds you down and far from your true potential. A real Japanese highschool, then.
As translated by Siliconera, an interview in Dengeki PlayStation states that each main character is held back in some way by modern society, and their one hope to fight back against those demons is to overcome the burdens which drag them down.
Atlus’ now legendary Persona team stresses that despite taking place in a Japanese highschool again, this game will have a totally different atmosphere. Makes you wonder if that’s a good idea because the cheap hip-hop graphics of the last games were half of what made them so popular.
Commentary on the stereotypical forced conformity found in the Japanese education system? You decide, but it’s pretty heavy handed in my mind, and the controversial message is bound to raise a few eyebrows over here in Japan. It’s also bound to be understood by the teens who play it, if they have time in between cram school and studying for entrance tests that is.
Persona 5 will be coming to Japan on the PlayStation 3 in 2014, most likely a swan song for the long running system. We’ll see an American release before too long as well.