Over the past few days, Japanese development team Atlus has released a few videos on their YouTube channel covering aspects of the latest game in the Persona series, Persona 5. Persona 5 follows the silent unnamed protagonist, who moves to Tokyo following his probation from his previous high school. At Shujin High School, the protagonist forms the vigilante group known as the "Phantom Thieves of Hearts" with classmate Ryuji Sakamoto and the cat-like Morgana, and slowly recruits other students into the group, unlocking their "Personas" along the way.
The first video, released on August 11, shows the protagonist watching television with his friend Ryuji Sakamoto. The two are watching a soccer game, during which Ryuji discusses why he enjoys soccer. He then asks the protagonist whether they prefer soccer or baseball (or neither sport). In this video, the "soccer" option is chosen, and the protagonist is awarded a point to their Charm stat for sharing something about themselves with Ryuji.
In the next video, which was posted on August 13, the protagonist and Morgana craft items at a workbench. A list of materials is shown, from which the appropriate item can be crafted. By crafting items, the protagonist earns points for his Ingenuity stat.
The final trailer, also released on August 13, shows the protagonist playing a fictional retro-style game called "Star Forneus". Scoring well in this game gives the protagonist a point towards their Courage stat.
It's important to realize that the "stats" from these trailers aren't ones that affect combat, but rather the "Cooperation" mechanic (which functions similarly to the "Social Link" of prior Persona titles).
Persona 5 will release in Japan for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on September 15, 2016, and worldwide on February 14, 2017. Deep Silver will be handling the European and Australian releases of Persona 5, which will be on the same date as the North American release, as well as including all the same special editions. An MSRP has been set at $59.99 for the PlayStation 4 version, and $49.99 for the PlayStation 3 version; a number of special editions and bundles have been announced as well. On September 14, a standalone anime special called Persona 5 The Animation: The Day Breakers will air in Japan.
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