The slick trailer has a jazzy soundtrack and a heavy dose of animated sequences akin to a broadcast series. This being the first glimpse of Persona 5 in action showcases the engine that was created a few years back for the puzzle adventure thriller Catherine. The updated 3D engine showcases travel sequences, battle, menus and even platforming, a new addition to the series.
Persona Team producer and director Katsura Hashino wrote about the new themes surrounding Persona 5 and how it contrasts in relation to previous Persona titles. While the overarching school setting with classmates remains constant, Hashino points out that the protagonists are being “chased” by unexpected occurrences due to their actions and beliefs. Hashino’s statement has been translated to English by Siliconera.
After essentially missing the entire seventh generation of consoles, Persona 5 comes at a time where the franchise is heralded as one of the best of a genre that has become a bit stale. Atlus has managed to tide over SMT fans with numerous handheld releases and even the curiously well performing Catherine. Persona 5 will release on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 later this year in Japan. A western release date has not been announced, but Atlus has already confirmed plans to release the game in the west.