The E3 trailers for Atlus’ Persona 5 and XSEED’s Fate/Extella finally landed online on Friday (June 17th), after the gaming festival took place from June 14th-16th. Though there are still doubts around a Persona 5 EU release, since franchise distributors NIS America dropped all future Atlus titles, we can all enjoy the English-subbed version of the fourth promo trailer released in Japan back in May.
The game’s story description has been revealed as follows:
Persona 5 is a game about the internal and external conflicts of a group of troubled high school students – the protagonist and a collection of compatriots he meets in the game’s story – who live dual lives as Phantom Thieves. They have the typically ordinary day-to-day of a Tokyo high schooler: attending class, after-school activities, and part-time jobs. But they also undertake fantastical adventures by using otherworldly powers to enter the hearts of people. Their power comes from the Persona, the Jungian concept of the “self”; the game’s heroes realize that society forces people to wear masks to protect their inner vulnerabilities, and by literally ripping off their protective mask and confronting their inner selves do the heroes awaken their inner power, and using it to help those in need. Ultimately, the group of Phantom Thieves seeks to change their day-to-day world to match their perception and see through the masks modern society wears.
Persona 5 is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 on September 15th in Japan, and February 14th in the Americas, with Atlus “looking into” providing the game’s Japanese audio track as DLC for the west. Previously, NIS America had sole responsibility for distributing Persona games and other Atlus releases in Europe, and without another company confirmed to take over, for now it is doubtful whether the game will be coming our way anytime soon.
Ghost in the Shell studio Production I.G recently confirmed that they produced the animation sequences for Persona 5. Also on the animation side of proceedings, the Japanese TV anime special, Persona 5 the Animation -The Day Breakers-, will air in September preceding the game’s launch. The show will recount the prologue story of the young thief organisation which is central to the RPG’s plot.
Fate/Extella, the Fate game series’ first combat-focused entry with Musou-style gameplay, released its own subbed trailer which revealed its full English title as Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star.
After Fate/Extella’s November 10th release date announcement teased more details to come, Artoria Pendragon (voiced by Ayako Kawasumi) was officially revealed as the mystery playable Saber class Servant on June 6th. Fate creator Kinoko Nasu writes the game’s main scenario, with Hikaru Sakurai as scenario assistant, and the Fate/Extra game’s Aruko Wada working on character design. Takashi Takeuchi is credited as the Fate series’ original character designer, and the new game’s music is produced by TYPE-MOON. As of yet no western release has been announced, but as XSEED Games have registered a .com domain, it seems these plans are in place for the future.