Persona 5

Persona 5's groundswell of hype is starting to slowly seep into my life on a weekly, if not daily, basis. Any discussion of the game gets me pining for another adventure in this wild and wonderful world.

Today, we have a message to Persona fans directly from Producer Katsura Hashino in the Japanese 4Gamer news outlet. The whole thing talks about his team's outlook on personality, individuality and relationships leading to change. That outlook, according to Hashino, is the development mindset for the story in Persona 5.

Here's Hashino's message, as translated by Siliconera.

As we head into next year, which already feels very sudden, we're adopting the words 'be personal for change'. Actually, this is the motto of the development team that I'm a part of. While they say that Atlus is more on the individualistic side, individualism breaks away from common rules and models, so it can be seen as a nuisance as well.

However, the way I see a person's character, it can spread to others, and it can also change the way they think and behave, for good or for bad… and that's the potential power I see in [individualism].

We may feel some sort of suffocation in this world today, but as long as this world is comprised of relationships among humans, it is a person's character, or especially a group's character, that will provide the 'power' to destroy that 'feeling of entrapment'.

With those thoughts in mind, we're currently zealously developing the Persona series' next main numbered title. Please look forward to the next announcements.

Persona 5 is due for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in 2015. Will you be a part of that "power to destroy that feeling of entrapment?"