Persona 5 May-June Roundup


It’s been quite a while since I posted something solely about Persona 5. Unless of course you follow me on Twitter, where I literally cannot shut up about it. And while it has only been about a month and a half, in the world of P5, it feels like ages since the Tokyo Tower event given just how much more we’ve learned about the game. Be prepared to read a small novel below.

The most important thing to come out is that the English version of the game will release on February 14th, 2017 in North America as Atlus USA looks to ‘take the hearts’ of the western audience on Valentine’s Day. There are still no concrete plans for European publishing and it isn’t looking good. I know this is frustrating to our European friends, but I must once again remind you that the PlayStations 3 and 4 are not region locked and urge you to import the game from America if you want a physical copy. If you’re fine with a digital copy, you can easily set up a North American PSN account, buy NA PSN credit through a third party, and download the game on launch. Either route is costly, yes, but this is Persona 5. It is worth it for not having to wait who knows how long to see the game get a proper PAL release.

Honestly speaking, a 2017 release date is gut wrenching to me. Again, if you follow me on Twitter, you know I did not have kind words for this announcement. Atlus is a frustrating company. Its problems with getting its games on shelves in Europe are well known, but beyond that it still seems as though the parent company keeps its western branch in the dark. Atlus is a classic case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing.

The localization window for P5 is the same as it was for P4 back in 2008, which is painful to see because of how much the Persona franchise has grown and the fact that Atlus is now married at the hip with Sega – a major developer and publisher in the industry. Surely, I thought, this would mean a quick localization turnaround for the largest release in the history of the company. I was hopeful for an October release with the first week in December being the absolute latest. February is soul crushing.


In Atlus USA’s defense, they have been rather busy. Odin Sphere Leifthrasir released recently and Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE is out this week. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse will be out in September. And finally, much to their credit, Atlus USA will also be localizing and publishing Caligula for next year. That alone bought them a lot of forgiveness from me.

Speaking of P5 being worth it, I should say that I will not be waiting until February to begin my journey with the Phantom Thieves. I will be one of several American players importing the Japanese version in September and the plan right now is to stream at least the opening hours of the game live on Twitch. I plan to do so with a digital copy of the game, meaning I should be able to play it once it’s September 15th in Japan.

Keep in mind that I don’t know the language, so this may not be the best idea. I do have at least some experience in this. The last time I played the Japanese version of a game prior to its American release was Mega Man Battle Network 5 all the way back in 2005. With the help of some external guidance and my knowledge on the series, I was able to finish the game and not feel like I had missed on any part of the experience. The hope here is that will also be true for Persona 5.

If you’re interested in importing the game, then here’s a guide from Persona Central with all the available retailers. Keep in mind many of the retailers also have exclusive pre-order goodies as well. TRADUKO Soft will also provide a guide for helping us blind players learn the basics and finding our way through the game’s standard features.

(pst, follow Mystic)

And of course, while I and others won’t be posting spoilers, the Persona Twitter community will certainly be talking a lot about the game on the down low, so you don’t have to be alone in trying to figure the Japanese game out.

Now let’s really get into the game by talking about our cast of characters. The three new young ladies from May were revealed to be Makoto Niijima, Futaba Sakura, and Haru Okumura.

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Their Personas? Johanna, Necronomicon, and Milady, respectively.


Makoto and Haru are each third-year students; making them your Senpai. Futaba is the age of a first-year, but it still isn’t clear whether she attends Syujin High like most of the other Phantom Thieves as she’s never been depicted wearing anything resembling the school’s uniform.

Then there’s the ninth and final party member revealed on June 15th as part of Atlus’ presence at E3: Goro Akechi.


Goro, who I stupidly thought might be Ken Amada, is a high school aged detective (real original there, Atlus). His name is either inspired by or a play on the name Kogoro Akechi – the Japanese Sherlock Holmes if you will who has appeared across Japanese fiction for years (including Lupin III). His codename amongst the Phantom Thieves is “Crow.” That’s all we know so far. I still have suspicions about Goro and what could possibly be so special about him that details about him are so scarce, but we’ll save that for another time.

Also revealed on June 15th was the name of the new social system: Cooperation. “Cooperation” had been part of the main menu UI seen all the way back in PV01, but my prevailing thought at the time was that it had to do with online play similar to Persona 4 Golden and Persona Q. Instead, it replaces the Social Link system (at least in name). From Hashino’s interview back in February, we learned that a lot of research had been done in improving the social system, so I’m sure the name change coincides with whatever functional changes that have been made as well.

Three ‘links’ or whatever you’d like to call them were also revealed: Munehisa Iwai (Hanged Man), Sojiro Sakura (Hierophant), and Tae Takemi (Death).


Tae and Munehisa were also each in PV01 as vendors. Munehisa runs a weapons shop and Tae runs a medical clinic. Sojiro is the main character’s caretaker and a friend to his parents. Of course, he also has the same surname as Futaba. As far as I know, there’s no concrete evidence as to what the relation is, if there’s one at all. However, it is interesting to me that one of the recent screenshots of what appears to be a Cooperation event with Futaba shows her in the MC’s room (with Morgana still present) and there doesn’t appear to be a romantic context. Could Futaba be moving into the home in the middle of the game? Or perhaps she’s there from the beginning and there’s ultimately more than meets the eye about the young hacker.


One quirky thing about the design of the new arcana is that Tae’s card appears to be drawn with the Roman numeral XIV even though Death’s numeral is XIII. Mystic explained to me this is likely an allusion to the significance the number four and the association with death it carries in Japanese culture due to the words for each sounding similar. It may be that the numeral was drawn to look like both numbers, even though it is in actuality still XIII.

In addition to Cooperation, another big gameplay mechanic was revealed during E3. The traditional Megami Tensei demon negotiation system is back in Persona.


Given P5 returns to the old way of fighting demons/Personas rather than the Shadows seen in P3 and P4, this was a logical step. Now when the player successfully knocks down all enemies on the field, they will enter what’s called a “Hold Up” (a phrase used for robberies) and have the option of going for an All Out Attack or beginning negotiations with a demon to earn either items, money, or convincing the demon to become a Persona for the main character. This in all likelihood means there is no variant of ‘shuffle time’ (seen in P3/P4) in the game.

Here are some quick-hitter notes about the game that have been revealed over the last month:

  • Romance is definitely still part of the social system.
  • The stylish screens we’ve seen for each character (Haru’s “Adieu” animation, the MC’s “The Show’s Over” screen, etc.) happen when a battle ends on an AOA.
  • When a battle ends normally, you get the result screen where the MC congratulates the team and runs off (seen in Hashino’s 5/5 interview).
  • The game has four difficulty settings at the start of a New Game: Safety, Easy, Normal, and Hard.
  • P5 has been given a C rating in Japan by Cero which is for ages 15 and up. It joins P4G as the only Persona games with that rating. Other games had ratings for younger audiences and up, which differs with how the ESRB has typically rated Persona in America.
  • There is online functionality. It will likely work similar to P4G’s. You can also see how other players answered questions you are asked in class.
  • Ann has been going back and forth between spelling variants of her name (Ann vs. Anne). The material at E3 had it spelled minus the ‘e’ which is what it was a couple months back prior to it being spelled Anne at the time of the Tokyo Tower event.
  • Through the Amazon Japan pre-order bonuses, it’s been revealed that Ryuji’s arcana is the Chariot.
  • The team’s melee weapons are as follows. MC: daggers, Ryuji: blunt objects, Ann: whips, Morgana: short swords, Yusuke: long swords, Makoto: fists/gauntlets, Haru: axes, and Goro is unknown.
  • Nuclear and telekinetic skills have been added to combat which do extra damage to enemies in a negative status.
  • Shigenori Soejima said at E3 that character designs for P5 have been in development since P4 was still being worked on.
  • A video at Atlus’ E3 booth had Morgana greeting guests with an English voice. The suspected actress is Cassandra Lee Morris.
  • The song featured in PV02 is a battle theme in the game and features vocals by Lyn. It may or may not play for every standard battle or only during ‘Chance’ states (player advantage). For example, in P4G the original P4 battle theme, “Reach Out to the Truth,” became the player advantage battle song whereas “Time to Make History” took over as the standard battle theme.
  • A woman appearing in magazine screenshots shortly after 5/5 shares the same surname as Makoto and appears to be a law/authority figure of some kind. Her role is unknown.
  • Maps can be found in Palace dungeons and Third Eye is used in P5 to aid the player in solving dungeon puzzles.


Finally, we have another big Persona 5 event to look forward to on July 19th. The event is called “Take the Treasure” and will emanate from the Tokyo National Museum. Playable demos will be made for the first time and attendance is by invitation only through a signup in Japan. There will also be a live stream for it taking place at 6:30 am eastern time in the United States.

That’s all for now. At a future time, I’ll have another post with further speculations about the game and its story that can be made from analyzing the trailers we have so far.

Persona 5 PV#04 and Hashino Interview with Subtitles

As promised, here they are together.

Thanks to TRADUKO Soft for the translation of Hashino’s new interview.

Reaction: I covered a little bit regarding PV#04’s translation in my crazy P5 theory post (read at your own discretion). Reading it all verbatim, nothing immediately stands out in the script. There are some interesting texts on the screen, like the dungeons apparently having side objectives that reward the player. Anything else is just speculation, such as what kind of trouble our Phantom Thieves have run into during this trailer and what the powerful organization that is referred to could be.

Hashino had a lot to say about the user interface. This has been one of the most striking things of the battle gameplay we’ve seen thus far. The old system of scrolling through menus and commands seems to be gone in favor of a highly stylized quick-menu meant to add to the overall experience of the game.

Not surprisingly, Hashino again alluded to how much more content has been put into P5 than originally expected. With the game originally going into to development for PlayStation 3 and then making the jump to PlayStation 4, there were likely expectations to make use of the new hardware and capacity, so it’s easy to see why this game has taken so long, even if the delays are still disappointing to some.

This is also the first I can recall from Hashino or anyone directly linked to the game talking about the moral dilemma of the Phantom Thieves’ actions. We know in some way that the cast will be ‘stealing the hearts’ of the evildoers in the story, but how much traditional thievery there will actually be is something I’ve been unsure of ever since the plot has become much clearer. It will be interesting to see how Hashino and his team allow the player to reconcile the actions taken in the game.

Here’s My Crazy Persona 5 Theory

DISCLAIMER: Do not read this if you don’t want to be spoiled on P5. Not because it’s going to be right for sure, but on the off chance it is, then I can’t be held accountable.

After PV#04 dropped on 5/5/16, the search began for reliable translations. The Persona community is extremely passionate, so it’s no surprise it was done. That allowed me to make my own high quality cut of the trailer.

A lot of good stuff is in there and some interesting lines. However, the beginning of the crazy theory doesn’t start with the trailer, but rather, the DLC that’s been announced. You see, during the May 5th stream, the DLC for the Gekkoukan and Yasogami uniforms was shown on screen, but the final party member – a male with brown hair – had his face intentionally obscured because he hadn’t made his formal debut yet. However, on the following day, detailed images of the DLC were released online allowing us to get a better look at him.


Why? Why did Atlus choose to show off three new ladies in PV#04 but intentionally keep one male character from the public? Why keep one character hidden this long at all? Unless of course, there was something special about him.

THEORY: That’s Ken Amada. Yes, Ken Amada formerly of Persona 3’s SEES and the Shadow Operatives of the Persona 4 Arena arc. There is a strong resemblance between that character and Ken’s last appearance in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax set in 2012.


Ken’s official birthday is in June of 1998. It should be noted that at this time, Persona 5 does not have an official year in which it takes place. In fact, in PV#04, the calendar shows the year as “20XX” to intentionally obscure that detail. However, if Persona 5 is set in 2016, which would make sense due to its clear theme of being a commentary on modern society as well as the dates matching up to the days (like April 20th being a Wednesday this year as well as in P5), then Ken Amada would turn 18 during the course of the game.

Other than a passing resemblance, what leads me to believe this? Well in PV#04, we learned an interesting role about Morgana in that she seems to act as a recruiter for the Phantom Thieves. From Hashino’s interview with the Persona Magazine in February, we heard that Morgana is the one that reaches out to the protagonist. In this new trailer, she also is directly responsible for introducing the group to the third new girl; the “Beautiful Thief.” So say, in accordance with expanding the group and finding valuable assets, Morgana finds this nice 18-year-old boy who happens to have already awoken to the power of Persona. Ken, fitting with the age and demographic of the group, joins the Phantom Thieves as the final party member. However… He does so with ulterior motives.

In the ‘Episode P3′ epilogue of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Ken turns in his Shadow Operatives badge to Mitsuru Kirijo saying that he’ll get it back some day, but wants to live the rest of his youth normally. Let’s speculate and say by 2016, whether Ken is technically out of high school by now or not, that he’s since returned to the organization.

At the end of PV#03 and start of PV#04, we see the protagonist in an interrogation room. He’s being questioned about the Phantom Thieves’ activities. What’s interesting is the nature of the questions. These are not normal crimes he’s facing, but rather he’s being asked directly about the existence of another world. Meaning, whoever is asking likely knows full well that what the protagonist is doing involves Personas/Shadows/demons or however you want to put it.

Towards the end of PV#04, there are lines that say a plan of the Phantom Thieves’ was “leaked” and now they’re in danger. If the leak came from within the group, who would be responsible? Well, perhaps the covert Shadow Operative.

THEORY: Ken Amada is the final member of the Phantom Thieves and infiltrates the group leading to the arrest of the protagonist.

That feminine voice at the start of PV#04? It sounds a lot like Mitsuru Kirijo.

What other organization could possibly bring someone in on such a bizarre case? An organization that knows of Personas and other worlds, a mysterious male party member that looks strikingly like Ken Amada, and an authoritative woman leading an interrogation that sounds like Mitsuru?

Persona 5 is a sequel to Persona 3. And that… Is… Awesome!


THEORY: Persona 5’s theme of societal change is a tie-in to the dilemma set at the end of Persona 3 FES The Answer.

At the end of The Answer, the former members of SEES defeat Erebus; the being born of mankind’s apathy towards living which calls out to Nyx to bring about “The Fall.” As anyone who’s finished Persona 3 knows, the protagonist of that game gives his life to become the Great Seal to prevent The Fall and man’s calling out to Nyx. However, the threat of Erebus persists, leading to the climatic battle of The Answer. Though SEES is victorious, it is speculated that Erebus, because it is the embodiment of mankind’s collective will, can only truly be defeated by all of humanity changing and no longer being apathetic towards living.

In Persona 4 Arena, that speculation is confirmed. It is revealed that the reason Elizabeth left the Velvet Room following the events of Persona 3 is to gain power that would defeat Erebus permanently so that she could save her former guest, the hero of P3, from the fate of being the Great Seal. Ever since, she has been periodically destroying Erebus just as SEES did in the The Answer only for it to return again and again.

That brings us to Persona 5. P5’s setting of being in a real city, Tokyo, and (likely) being set during the present year, unlike its previous two predecessors had been, all seem to fit into the theme of commenting on the state of real life society. This also brings us back to the opening theme of the game:

“Can we make a difference?” “Why does nobody want change?” “If you hold on life won’t change.”

Societal change would seem to be the purveying theme of Persona 5.

THEORY: The grand events of Persona 5 are meant to lead to a world where Erebus no longer exists and the Great Seal is no longer necessary.

Now, I admit, this is one of the craziest things I’ve ever written. I’m basically suggesting that at the end of Persona 5, be it blatantly or to be interpreted by the player, the protagonist of Persona 3 will be freed of being the Great Seal. Whether that means coming back to life or resting peacefully, I have no idea. I’m also willing to admit that of all the things I’m theorizing this is the most farfetched and downright fan-fictional of them all. I’m not writing this because I want this, but simply because these are the crazy connections my brain has pieced together.

How would we even get from point A to point B? Again, I’m not sure. Though, to be quite honest, I’ve been suspicious of whatever Morgana’s motives are since Hashino’s interview in February. According to translations, Hashino states that Morgana has a specific goal she looking to accomplish – one that predates the formation of the Phantom Thieves. That sounds similar to Elizabeth’s journey, though it’s a stretch to say the two are one in the same.

CONCLUSION: There you have it. That’s my crazy P5 theory. Granted, I feel a lot less confident about the second half of all of that than I do the first. Perhaps I’m right, but instead of P3 connections being the focus of the end game, they’ll instead be a side story or something that only appears in new game plus, which is similar to how the nature of Elizabeth’s absence was revealed in the original Persona 4.

Or maybe PV05 will come out at E3 next month, we learn the mystery guy’s name, and all have a good laugh about this.

Persona 5 May 5th Announcement Reaction

Appropriately, it all started at 5 AM for me.


For two and a half hours, that’s all we saw. A shot of Tokyo Tower in the skyline… and it was amazing. Why? The music, my friend. Two and half hours of Persona 5 background music as composed by the one and only Shoji Meguro. Granted it was a three song loop, but it was still incredible.

Then at 7:30 things began to pick up. We were greeted with reports from Tokyo Tower of the Phantom Thieves taking over. At 8, the lights went out and came back on to a bright glowing red. We heard the voice of Jun Fukuyama, the man behind the P5 protagonist and his Persona, and then PV04 began.

My. Goodness.

Three new characters, tons of music, and most importantly a release date for Japan: September 15th, 2016 – five days before the franchise’s 20th birthday (are you sensing a theme?).

Here’s what we know from the fourth trailer thus far. All three of the detailed new party members are ladies. The first, still unnamed, has dark short hair and is a combatant. She likely fights with her fists and her Persona would appear to be a motor bike. Yes, a motorcycle, for all of you Tatsuya Suou fanboys and fangirls.


I don’t agree with the theory that she’s from another school (her skirt resembles the Syujin High School uniform), but that’s a good guess that she is the Priestess arcana. One translation I’ve heard is that she is student council president, meaning the emblem would likely be a symbol of status. If she is student council or class president, that makes me wonder if she’s a 3rd year student, which would make her the first cast member to hold that distinction since Akihiko and Mitsuru in Persona 3. What is apparent is she seems to be hyper aggressive and a total badass. Already she has a lot of fans.

Speaking of making a lot of fans…



Our new navigator would appear to be named Sakura Futaba and is the Hermit arcana (according to observant Japanese viewers). She’s likely a hacker by trade, her Persona is a shaped like a UFO and seems to draw its influence from Eldritch/Lovecraftian horror given its name is “Necronamicon.” That is the coolest thing I have ever seen and the Internet is already head over heels for this girl. Also of note is that nowhere in the trailer does she appear to be wearing the Syujin uniform which may mean, like Yusuke, she doesn’t attend our protagonist’s high school.

Finally there’s the girl – also nameless – that refers to herself as the beautiful theif.

Note: I wouldn’t think her name is actually “Adieu.” (French for “goodbye”)

What an entrance. With these three ladies, alongside Ann, we now know our P5 main cast girls, so allow the waifu wars to begin anew. It would seem Katsura Hashino and his team have crafted four strong, unique female characters for us to get to know and welcome to the Persona family.

After PV04 came yet another director’s interview with Hashino. There isn’t an English subtitled version yet, but I’ll make another post when translated versions of this and the trailer are inevitably made by dedicated fans. Regardless, you can still check out all the awesome gameplay that’s shown during the interview. Dungeon crawling looks to be based on tearing the masks off of Shadows or whatever the monsters will be called, which frees the Personas inside and allows the real battle to begin.

The user-interface looks spectacular and commands/attacks are now mapped to buttons on the controller, allowing for a faster and more streamlined combat experience. As I’ve said before, it’s clear that when it comes to dungeon gameplay and combat, Persona 5 is going to simply crush its predecessors and make this aspect of the game something to be cherished and savored.

After this, the stream shifted gear to focusing on release information. Box art was finally revealed, which is in line with the covers of the original Persona 3 and Persona 4 in terms of style.


Not surprisingly, a special edition was also announced. It will come with an art book, a special CD set featuring arrangements from Persona 1-5 to commemorate the series’ 20th anniversary, and bonus DLC. The DLC includes special P5 themed versions of Orpheus and Izanagi – the Personas of the P3 and P4 protagonists respectively -, Persona 3’s Gekkoukan High School uniform costumes, and Persona 4’s Yasogami High School uniform costumes alongside background music from each game to go with the costumes.


You may also have noticed from the trailer and definitely from the cover art that there is also one more party member that has yet to be showcased. Nothing is known about the young man at the top right of the cover, but given his appearance with the rest of the Phantom Thieves as well as being included with the DLC previews, it’s safe to say he’s a party member and another combatant. That brings our party up to nine members: four guys, four girls, and Morgana. It also means that the Phantom Thieves are a larger group than P4’s Investigation Team and on equal footing with P3’s SEES (in its final incarnation, anyway).

Atlus also confirmed that the previously announced Persona 5 anime would be airing sometime in September. It will act as a prologue to the game and is called “Persona 5 the Animation: The Day Breakers.” Whether this is a one-off episode or will develop into a fully animated series further down the line, just like Persona 4 the Animation, remains to be seen. Personally, I’m greatly looking forward to this. Depending on the focus of this animated special, we may be getting a canonical (or close to it) name for the protagonist prior to playing the game.

Before the stream ended it was confirmed that we won’t have to wait long to hear from Atlus and P5 again. Persona 5 has been confirmed to be appearing in Los Angeles next month for E3.

Cross your fingers that this may mean P5 is apart of Sony’s keynote press conference and that we may be getting release information for the west next month.

Finally, after the stream’s close, news was reported that P5 will be featured in next week’s issue of Famitsu with details on the new ladies and their Personas. Persona Central also reports that there will be another interview with Hashino that will cover the inhabitants of the Velvet Room and Igor’s “double life” – whatever that means.


Reaction: It’s hard to put into words. I loved it. All of it. Atlus clearly sat on this information and release date for a very long time just so that they could have the flair of announcing all of this on 5/5. That doesn’t surprise me, because that’s simply how Atlus rolls.

I love the girls. The three new ones as well as Ann. The main character aside, the ladies feel like the life of the team compared to what I’ve seen of Ryuji, Yusuke, and to a lesser extent Morgana (though Morgana is female too). The three girls that debuted today all seem unique but intimidating and awe-inspiring in their own way. All my Twitter timeline could do this morning was meltdown over how awesome they were and which one was each of their favorites. That may seem like dumb, ‘waifu’ culture, but it really was a reflection of just how good of a job Hashino and the P-Studio team did making appealing characters that I can’t wait to meet and get to know like I did with P4’s Investigation Team.

The release date was no surprise, as many had speculated that it would be exactly September 15th (which fell in line with the rumor/leak from last month). I would have preferred a larger buffer between Persona 5 and Final Fantasy XV, which releases on September 30th, but it’s clear why Atlus wanted this date. The question now is, when are Atlus USA and SEGA going to follow through with localization? The seven month window it will take for Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse to reach the United States doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence right now, but Atlus USA is still teasing something big for E3 and now we know for sure P5 will be in L.A. in some capacity. I wouldn’t hold my breath for simultaneous release or anything close to it, but I’m hopeful that the game will be out here in the fall with early December at the latest. It would be painful to see Persona 5’s localization to slip into 2017.

I am also very curious to read a translation of Hashino’s interview in Famitsu next week as it pertains to Igor.


Those familiar with Igor’s Japanese voice will know he sounded much different at the end of PV04. The reason for that is actually outside of Atlus’ control, as sadly his original voice actor passed away in 2010. Atlus had been using recycled recordings of him from Persona 3 and Persona 4 ever since to fill out content in Persona 4 the Animation and the Persona 3 the Movie series in Japan. What’s interesting is that the new casting could not sound more unlike the original Igor. I’m curious if this somehow plays into the supposed “double life” of Igor we’re just now hearing of. Igor has always been a mysterious character in the Persona story world and his relationship with the new protagonist may be much different than the ones he held with previous heroes. You know, seeing as the Velvet Room is now a jail and the main character has been depicted as a prisoner there.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for fan-subtitled versions of PV04 and Hashino’s interview and hopefully more translated updates next week from Famitsu.

Correction: It’s the first girl that is said to be a student president of some kind. Not much is known about the third girl, except that she seems to be recruited by Morgana directly and refers to herself as the Beautiful Thief.

Another note: On May 6th, publications state the proper spelling to be “Anne.” The first official releases have it spelled to be “Ann.”

Countdown to Persona 5 News

And so it begins.

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Atlus’ official page for Persona 5 has updated to show a countdown clock that begun at over 300 hours*. The end time? 5/5/2016.

This reveal comes just 48 hours after signs of P5’s release date began to show. This is just speculation on my behalf, but I imagine we’re about to get our fourth full-length trailer and release information for Japan. I’ll take it a step further and say with what Atlus USA has been teasing in regards to E3 this year (and the fact that release info on Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse is already known), not only could we be learning Japanese release info in May, but we could be learning American release info in June.

For those wondering.

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All aboard the hype train.

*Note: The time displayed on the site depends on your system. The countdown ends at 8:30 AM Eastern time on 5/5/16

Credit Where It’s Due: Persona Central

I’m sure for many of you who’ve been kind enough to venture here from Twitter, this is not news. Over the last few months, I’ve become more engrossed in a fantastic community of Persona fans largely thanks to Persona Central.


PC is the Internet’s leading blog on Atlus’ Persona series (as well as covering other interests regarding Atlus). I’ve been a reader for almost a year now thanks to the excitement regarding Persona 5. I don’t consider myself someone that creates exclusive Persona/SMT/Atlus content like they do. More so, it’s simply the theme for this year thanks to P5. That said, if not for PC, I wouldn’t be able to reach the Persona fan base like I have been.

Truth be told, it’s thanks to PC and all the followers they’ve gained on Twitter that I’ve been able to find so many interesting, entertaining people over the past few months and have been able to share my own excitement with them. If you’re one of those people who I’ve followed since the turn of the new year, I can almost guarantee you it’s because you also followed PC.

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In the event you’re not familiar with PC but want updates on Persona, then I strongly encourage you follow them on Twitter and read their updates. You’ll find the little things that aren’t always posted by the big sites, such as insight on Atlus’ emerging role in PlayStation VR. You can also bet on the latest news regarding P5 from Japan before condensed, lower quality version of that news hits the big gaming sites.

So thanks, Persona Central, for all that you do and helping bring us together.

Meet Caligula, a New JRPG From the Writer of Persona 1 & 2

What’s Caligula? Another niche weeb game for the Vita? Perhaps. But it sure does look interesting.

It’s being directed by Tadashi Satomi, who was responsible for writing the stories and characters of Megami Ibunroku Persona, Persona 2 Innocent Sin, and Persona 2 Eternal Punishment.

It would appear to be a combination of action and turn-based JRPG styling starring high schoolers and a bizarre other world – shocker, that last one. According to DualShockers, the white haired idol, a vocaloid by the name of “μ” (the lowercase Greek letter pronounced “Mu”), is a software that developed its own heart and travels the world of Mobius seeking to bring happiness to others.

Credit: DualShockers and FuRyu

I know the concept of Japanese youths coming together for the sake of friendship and defeating enemies isn’t exactly a JRPG concept exclusive to Persona, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a modern Persona vibe from that trailer. And that’s a good thing. When I think back of the only works I’ve enjoyed from Satomi, I think of the growing pains P1 and P2 had compared to their eventual successors. That’s not to say they aren’t good games. Diehard Megami Tensei/Persona fans will let you hear it if they think you’re disrespecting the originals and championing P3 and P4.

My point, rather, is that it’s exciting to see that perhaps technology has finally caught up to the point where Satomi’s creativity is coming to life in ways the original PlayStation couldn’t provide. As much as I love old games, or “retro gaming” as some refer to it, this is one major plus as the industry progresses. Artists are being allowed advantages not seen previously. To a game designer, it must be similar to a new spectrum of colors being discovered to a painter.

It’s been quite awhile.

Caligula is slated to release on June 23rd in Japan exclusively for the PlayStation Vita. There are no plans for localization yet, but let’s hope that changes in the future.