Persona 5 didn’t have much to show at Tokyo Game Show 2015, but it did have a lot of new stuff to tell. For example, we only heard of the new character named Yuusuke Kitagawa, and we know that his alternate Persona is of the legendary Japanese thief Goemon, but we haven’t had a chance to see him in action yet.
Until now of course. Thanks to Famitsu, through Siliconera, we have our first look at Yuusuke and a whole new set of areas and action shots from the highly anticipated JRPG. And boy oh boy, doesn’t he just look as fun as plain yogurt. Our hero here is a high school honor student, meaning I can already picture what anime stereotype he will fall into, and I’m not sure if I like it.
Turn it around though, and his Persona is about as rockin’ as they come. Goemon has always been a fascinating legend, especially when referenced in video games, and as always, the Persona team hasn’t let me down with its artistic interpretation of him. Both classic and modern with a touch of the studio’s excellent art style.
As for the rest of the team, we get to see their Personas for the first time. Blonde haired Ryuji takes the guise of Captain Kidd, a legendary Scottish pirate, and our lady-friend Anne hosts the spirit of Carmen, which I hope is a reference to Carmen San Diego. I’m sure its a reference to an old story I’ve never heard of though. And our cat Morgana takes up the mantle of Zorro, but he looks nothing like the classic serial character outside of using a rapier and having a comical mustache.
The more I look at it, the more I see it though.
One last screenshot shows off the smartphones our characters use in the game and more importantly, their obnoxious social network system and its horrific UI. Seriously, I can’t stand looking at this screenshot for five seconds. How are these characters able to handle it everyday? It’s hideous!
Ugh. At any rate, Persona 5 was delayed into the summer of 2016 in Japan, and most likely, we’ll be seeing it shortly afterwards in English.