I warned you the other day that Atlus was teasing seven new announcements for Persona 5 during its Premium Event Niconico stream. Well, that happen earlier today and what did they announce for Persona 5? A ton of stuff, including showing off the first 18 minutes of gameplay from the game. Want to catch all the action?
Hit the jump for all the new information:
Persona series has some of the most artistic opening animations in games, Persona 5 is no different. Check out the opening animation for Persona 5 above. The animation is produced by Production I.G.
First 18 minutes of Gameplay
Since this is a Japanese event, the first 18 minutes of Persona 5 gameplay are in Japanese. Still, if you don’t want anything spoiled, its best you DON’T hit play.
Cooperation Characters Revealed
Atlus has shown off seven more Cooperation Characters. These are characters that you and your friends will meet. Be it in school or in the city, these people posses special abilities and skills. Their believes align with yours and if you build relationships and mutual trust, you can establish a ‘co-op’ relationship meaning that you will be able to use their abilities.
Here are the seven new cooperation characters:
Hifumi Togo (voiced by Tomomi Isomura)
Hifumi Togo is a young lady that attends Kosei Public High School and holds the female championship title for the Shogi League. According to Atlus she has gained attention as the ‘too beautiful shogi player’ (watch out SJWs). She practices and gives interviews every day for the sake of her mother and for the world of shogi, but…
Toranosuke Yoshida (voiced by Keiichi Noda)
Toranosuke Yoshida gives out soapbox speeches outside the Shibuya Station. Since he started doing his speeches 20 years ago, he has lost seven consecutive elections. Toranosuke is largely ignored and not many people stop to listen to him speak but his speeches are actually good. He is a serious person confronting the country’s future. His stash reads: “Friendly Society, Bright Future.”
Sadayo Kawakami (voiced by Mai Fuchigami)
Sadayo Kawakami is a teacher at Syujin High School who is in charge of Class 2-B, which has our main characters as students. You can catch her through class with her unkempt hair and constant sleepy face. On the outside she appears to be a quiet teacher with safety first mentality, but you know how personas are…
Chihaya Mifune (voiced by Miyu Matsuki)
Chihaya Mifune is a fortune-teller who runs a stand in Shinjuku. She has a bright and cheerful personality about her, but her fortunes are always correct. People in town gossip that she is a ‘a real fortune-teller’….
Yuki Mishima (voiced by Daisuke Sakaguchi)
Yuki Mishima is a second-year student at Syujin High School and one of your classmates (protagonist). He is a member of the Volleyball Club and always seems to get himself hurt. After a particularity incident, he reduces his distance from you…
Shinya Oda (voiced by Aki Kanada)
Shinya Oda is a elementary school boy who plays at the arcades in Akihabara. He takes pride at his awesome skills on a certain online shooting game and is considered a genius player. He seems to dream of having the power of the Phantom Thieves, but why?
Ichiko Oya (voiced by Yumi Uchiyama)
Ichinko Oya is a gossip reporter in her mid-20s and she’ll write any story that sells. She isn’t afraid to manipulate the information in her articles. Prior to her gossip reporting career she was a political reporter who fought social evils, but…
The Mementos Dungeon is a auto-generated infinite dungeon that is separate from the main game. You will be able to explore the dungeon’s vast map while riding Morgana, who can transform into a bus, and the ability to take on free quests.
First TV Spot: Protagonist
Atlus has announced that they will be doing eight weeks of Persona 5 TV commercials (in Japan) starting July 25th! The first commerical focuses on the protagonist character.
Persona 5 the Animation: The Day Breakers Anime
Persona 5 the Animation: The Day Breakers anime special has gotten a air date. It will be on Tokyo MX on September 3rd from 19:00 to 19:55 (Japanese time, of course), Gunma TV on September 3rd from 21:00 to 21:55, Tochigi TV on September 4th from 19:00 to 19:55, and lastly on BS11 on September 5th from 22:00 to 22:55!
Above is the latest interview featuring Persona 5 director Katsura Hashino, character designer Shigenori Soejima, and composer Shoji Meguro.
Atlus has also announced that there will be a Persona 5 web comic on Ura Sunday set to begin the day Persona 5 the video game releases in Japan, September 15th.
Persona 20th Anniversary Festival
It has been teased prior but now we have a date. Persona 20th Anniversary Festival will run from December 8th to the 18th in Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo, Japan.
Japanese Hands-On Persona 5 Tour
Atlus also announced that it will be holding ‘hands-on gameplay’ events throughout Japan. Talk about being confident in their product!
The storefront events (10 to 15 minutes of hands-on time):
- July 30 from 11:00 to 18:00 – Osaka – Joshin Disk Pier Nihonbashi
- August 6 from 10:00 to 18:00 – Tokyo – Akihabara UDX Gallery
- August 13 from 10:00 to 18:00 – Hokkaido – Yodobashi Camera Multimedia Sapporo Store Special Corner
- August 21 from 12:00 to 19:00 – Aichi – Animate Nagoya Special Site (Third Taiko Building)
- August 27 from 12:00 to 19:00 – Fukuoka – Yoyogi Animation Gakuin Fifth Floor
Premium events (two hours of hands-on time):
- July 31 – Tokyo – Hulic Hall & Conference
- August 7 – Osaka – Creative Center Osaka
- August 11 – Sendai – L Park Sendai
- August 20 – Nagoya – Winc Aichi
- August 27 – Fukuoka – Momochi Beach SRP Hall
Tokyo Game Show
Persona 5 will be at this years Tokyo Game Show, which will run from its release date on September 15 to the 18th. You can visit their Persona 5 Tokyo Game Show teaser site here.
Persona 5 hits PlayStation 4 and Playstation 3 in Japan on September 15th, February 14th, 2017 for Americas. As for Europe, the game will be published by Deep Silver and there hasn’t been a release date for it yet. Seems that Atlus is really confident in Persona 5, what do you think? Does it look like their best game yet?