Persona 5 Website Teasing Announcement

Reveal set for May 5.


The official website for Persona 5 has been updated with a countdown clock, sparking speculation that a release date for the eagerly-anticipated RPG could finally been announced. The countdown clock is scheduled to expire on May 5.

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Although neither Persona developer Atlus nor its parent company Sega have said a release date will be announced, the game is scheduled for launch later this year but doesn't have a specific date yet.

Persona 5 was originally expected to launch in 2015, but on September 17, Atlus revealed it had been delayed. The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 title was given a vague summer 2016 window.

The game follows a ragtag group of high school students that feel like they don't have a place in society, but are drawn together by a common goal after discovering the Isekai-Navi. Branding themselves the "Phantom Thieves of Hearts," they use the Isekai-Navi to enter the hearts of people and steal their malicious intent.

Persona 5 director Katsura Hashino previously said Atlus is "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," he said.

"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."

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