A prisoner of fate to a future that has been sealed in advance.
This is truly an unjust game...
Your chances of winning are almost none.
But if my voice is reaching you, there may yet be a possibility open to you...
I beg you. Please, overcome this game...
...and save the world.
Persona 5 is an Urban Fantasy Role-Playing Game, and the fourth numbered sequel in the Shin Megami Tensei JRPG franchise's Persona sub-series, developed by Atlus for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. It is the first mainline entry in the Persona franchise following Sega's purchase of Atlus in 2013 and the first numbered Persona game to launch on multiple consoles. The game released in Japan on September 15, 2016, in Traditional Chinese on March 23, 2017, with an English dub in the Americas and Europe on April 4, and in South Korea on June 8.
It is the year 20XX. The world is not as it should be. In Tokyo, psychotic and mental breakdowns are becoming more common amongst the general public, leading to a string of high-profile accidents and crimes. Public confidence in the government and justice system is falling, and the powerful elites of the city plot to turn these incidents to their advantage.
You are an Ordinary High-School Student who has been falsely convicted of assault and sentenced to a year-long probation in Tokyo. On your first day attending Shujin Academy, you and a fellow outcast accidentally stumble into a mysterious Mental World known as the Metaverse: a place where cognition becomes reality, and real-world locations are twisted by the thoughts of humans. Within this world, the most corrupt humans have subconsciously created mental fortresses called "Palaces" where their innermost vices and desires are allowed to run rampant. If someone is able to steal the "Treasure" that forms the heart of the Palace, then the Ruler's vile desires will be erased.
With the aid of a mysterious smartphone app and the inner-power of "Persona", you decide to use the Metaverse to strike back against the rotten society that has unfairly stigmatised you, forming a crew of Phantom Thieves dedicated to stealing Treasure and forcibly reforming the corrupt.
But that's not all, alongside "Palaces" comes "Mementos", a twisted labyrinth created from the amalgamated warped desires of the public not strong enough to warrant their own palace, essentially making it everyone's Palace. You and your companions journey into Mementos to halt corrupted desires before they become sinister enough to warrant their own Palace. With each corrupted heart taking you further and further in the depths of Mementos, you begin to wonder; is it truly a never-ending maze? Is there an end? And if there is, what's down there?
Persona 5's core gameplay is a refinement of the formula established in Persona 3 and 4, with the game being evenly split between turn-based dungeon-crawling and Dating Sim-esque social simulator. However, a few elements from the first Persona and Persona 2 also make their return; all party members are able to use both melee weapons and firearms, and you can negotiate with enemies for Personas, money, or items. Additionally, the dungeon-crawling itself been overhauled; the main quest Palaces are all 100% pre-made instead of being randomly generated, and feature platforming, puzzles, stealth, and traps, making them much more elaborate than previous games' dungeons. The one exception is Mementos, a sprawling randomly-generated Palace which serves as the main setting for sidequests.
An anime special, Persona 5: The Day Breakers was released on September 4, 2016, with a full TV series, Persona 5: The Animation, premiering on April 7, 2018. Also, a 2016 manga adaptation is available on both Shogakukan's Manga One app and the Ura Sunday Website.