Little is still known about the story of Persona 5, but we now have actual footage of combat, platforming, and stealth(?). It also shows off some of the gameworld in which the already revealed protagonist will explore. We see him walk through a train station and napping in class (which doesn’t end well). That may not sound like much, but it’s enough to get longtime fans ready to pour dozens of hours into the JRPG.
Persona 5 is still slated for a 2015 release in Japan, but there is still no word on when the game will turn up stateside, although it has been confirmed we will see it one day on the PS3 and PS4.
Update: We now have a few more details concerning the upcoming Persona 5 care of Gematsu. The second year high school student with the tousled hair has a Persona named Arsene, in keeping with the burglary theme pervading the game. Unlike the protagonists of the past game, who were basically other people’s problem solvers, this character has his own problems to deal with that, left unchecked, could very well spell doom for him. What brings him to bond with the other two characters featured in the trailer above is the fact that all three of them have lost their homes due to unknown circumstances.
Long-range weapons (i.e. guns) return to add an additional layer to the turn-based combat. Director Katsura Hashino states that the combat has received many changes to “make it feel better to play and enjoy.” Several important dungeons in the game will not be randomly generated in order to display a particular mechanic that would be otherwise impossible to execute. You can see an example of this in the trailer as the protagonist slips behind cover in order to remain hidden from enemies.
And, finally, the anime scenes in the game will be created by Production I.G., the very same company that works on Attack on Titan and Ghost in the Shell, among many others. That’s all we have for now, but be sure to check back periodically because this is one title we will be keeping a close eye on.