Phantoms take centre stage in Persona 5

Persona 5’s producer and director Katsura Hashino recently talked about the game’s characters, story and setting via a message on the official game website. Now he sat down with Japanese gaming mag Famitsu to talk about the game in detail (via Siliconera).

They start off with asking how the game’s development has been coming along since it’s been quite some time since we last saw the game:

We’re just about getting an idea of the finishing point as far as the elements we’re putting into the game are concerned, and their quality, so right now we’re in the process of fleshing it out,

As we anticipate the release date, we’re all working hard towards our goal everyday while personally thinking ‘with this title, we’ll make everyone happy!’ so please wait just a little longer.

Famitsu follows with asking about Persona 5’s theme and what the game will be centred about: 

These days, I believe it isn’t uncommon for people not to know where they’re headed [in life] or to have various problems, be they big or small,

Accepting the rules and values society deems acceptable isn’t a very fulfilling way to live—and yet, there are those that lack the courage to change the status quo, even as they’re held down by it.

This negative side of modern society is part of the backbone of this title. In the midst of all that, you have these rambunctious high school kids, who fight back against the things that might hold them down. If the game can give people the courage to face everyday life or even act as a trigger for positive change, I believe we will have accomplished our goal.

Next they discuss the characters revealed in the recent Persona 5 trailer and phantom focus.

What if we had a classic phantom thief like Arsène Lupin today—how would he charm people and change society? That is one of the questions that development began with,

There are numerous novels and movies that depict the lives of phantom thieves, but in order to feel the experience of ‘personally’ creating a sensation in the world as a phantom thief, I believe that can only be done through games, and only through this game. Having the player empathize with these characters is the most important  point of this title, and right now we’re focusing our efforts on that.

Currently in development for the Playstation 3 and Playstation, Persona 5 is set to release sometime this year.