It’s finally here! First gameplay footage of Persona 5 released

By Stephany Nunneley
5 February 2015 15:35 GMT

Rejoice, Persona fans: the first gameplay trailer for Persona 5 is here along with some insight from producer and director Katsura Hashino.

First up, the trailer, which introduces the game’s protagonist and three additional characters: Ryuuji Sakamoto, Anzu Takamaki and the cat named Morgana. The screens are courtesy of Gematsu.

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Now, here’s an abbreviated version of the producer’s letter (thanks, Siliconera) posted by Katsura Hashino on the Atlus website:

Good evening to you all. Persona Team’s Hashino here.

For this game, we’re going with a challenge that fuses together a juvenile school setting that is as large as life, together with a picaresque romance. In the previous game, we wrote a story that involved having a justice group chase down a bad guy that could easily be feared by just about anyone.

This time, it’s about a group of high school students that are being “chased” by unexpected occurrences due to the justice they believe in. We’re writing [the story] to convey a thrilling everyday life in the shoes of these characters, that are as large as life, in this juvenile school setting.

We, the team, are working together as we advance through development so you can enjoy something with evolved graphics and sound, along with party members that are just a tad bit more ill-behaved than what you’ve been used to up until now.

We all have so many feelings that are going into this title. While this is a product by Atlus that is known for its individualistic side, some say that a strong personality can break away from common rules and models… so it can be seen as a nuisance as well.

However, the way we see a person’s character, it can spread to others for good or for bad, and it can even change the way another would think or behave… and that’s the potential power we see in it.

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

I’m hoping that this title will shape up into something that can embody such feelings, and something that will remain in your hearts.

In order to meet all of your expectations, even just a little, the development team staff are working hard, so I’d like to say thank you for your continued support!

Katsura Hashino

More information on the game is expected in next week’s Famitsu.

Persona 5 is in development for PlayStation 3 and PS4.

Thanks, Gematsu.

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