Oh the joys of living out your Japanese high school fantasy. Participating in clubs, hanging out with friends, scoring a girlfriend, battling demons after midnight, and of course, cramming for tests. Glorifying the lives of Japanese teenagers is what the series does best in Persona 3 and Persona 4. Never once do the games ask you to tap dance on the borders of homelessness though.
That’s where Persona 5 comes into play.
Speaking with Japanese magazine Famitsu, Persona 5 Director Katsura Hashino and Character Designer Shigenori Soejima have revealed additional information regarding the characters seen in last week’s gameplay reveal trailer.
If at first you can’t see, our main characters are created with the intention of looking like thieves. The hero himself is not as quiet as his initial appearance might suggest, but the interview doesn’t suggest the series will move beyond the “silent protagonist formula” it has stuck with over the last two games. His original Persona summoning demon is also named Arsene, and he wears a cape to further solidify the appearance of a thief.
Why does he steal? Well, it’s how he survives.
Our hero meets Anne and Ryuji at the start of the game, but it is implied in the interview that the three have lost their homes and taken to the derelict life of living the streets. Earliest reports from Persona 5 point to a game themed with not wanting to be shackled to everyday lives, so perhaps Hashino sees a little freedom in the prospect of not having a house.
Each character also has their own issues like the supporting cast in other games, but the interview doesn’t dive into the specifics. Social Links have been confirmed to be coming back, so chances are you’ll have to dig to help them solve their mental dilemmas.
And of course, Persona 5 continues the feline invasion of video games with its own transforming cat character Morgana. She plays an important role in the story, probably similar to Persona 4’s adorable animal character Teddy, but again, no specifics.
Sounds like a far different group of teenagers than the bright-eyed youths of Persona 3 and 4. I hope they have a bit of humbleness to them, because there is nothing more annoying than teenage anime characters who think they know everything.
Persona 5 will be released for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 before the end of the year.