'Persona 5' release date, news: Atlus reveals new gameplay trailer

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Atlus, game developer and publisher for the upcoming Japanese role-playing video game (RPG), “Persona 5,” recently released a new trailer showcasing the gameplay of the new title, specifically focusing on teamwork, balance, and the summoning process and mechanics for the “Persona” of the characters.

The new trailer features the game’s main protagonist, which is the character that would be controlled by the player, in one of the battles in the game. The protagonist is shown alongside his teammates, and collectively they are known as the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. The video showed off the individual attacks for each character using the summons of their respective “Personas,” as well as their ability to assist each other in attacks for more damage to the opponent.

Previously, Atlus also revealed complete details for the game’s “Cooperation Characters.” The seven new characters come from different groups of society, and each have their own set of special skills that can aid the protagonist in the entire quest and story of the game.

First is Chihaya Mifune, a tarot fortuneteller who tells fortunes in Shinjuku. Rumor has it that this girl can really see into the future. Next is Sadayo Kawakami, the homeroom teacher of the protagonist and other characters at Syujin High School. She is described as being sleepy all the time and has messy hair.

Next comes the young gossip journalist Ichiko Oya who spins the facts for her story to sell. Then, there is Hifumi Togo, a student at Kosei Public High School who is also a female Shogi League winner. Another character introduced is Shinya Oda, an elementary school student who always hangs out at Akihabara.

Joining the list is the classmate of the protagonist, Yuki Mishima. He is also a second-year student at Syujin High School. Lastly there is Toranosuke Yoshida, a man who gives political speeches by the Shibuya Station. He has lost seven electoral runs so far.

“Persona 5” is set to be released for the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation 3. Japan gets the game first on Sept. 15. Its North American release is set for Feb. 14, 2017. The release date for Europe has yet to be announced.

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