Last month, game publishers Deep Silver picked up Persona 5 and all other future Atlus titles from NIS America, who previously dropped the studio from their distributions list and abandoned their sole responsibility for distributing Atlus games in Europe. Although a European release date was still to be confirmed at the time, we can now firmly say that we can steal away with our own copies of Persona 5 on the same date as the Americas; February 14th, 2017.
As this news arrives, Makoto Niijima is the latest of the game’s Phantom Thieves to star in her own commercial. She shadows the man known only as the Protagonist and the feline thief Morgana, whose own ads you can also catch below.
Persona 5 is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 on September 15th in Japan, and Atlus said they were “looking into” providing the game’s Japanese audio track as DLC for the west. 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.
Ghost in the Shell studio Production I.G produced the animation sequences for Persona 5, and on July 19th Atlus released the game’s full opening animation. Following close behind came a preview of the A-1 Pictures-animated TV special, Persona 5 the Animation -The Day Breakers-. The show will air in September, preceding the game’s launch in Japan and recounting the prologue story of the young thief organisation which is central to the RPG’s plot.