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The Phantom Thieves’ hacker, Futaba Sakura, is getting her time to shine in a new character trailer. The socially awkward dropout is a recluse who now serves as the group’s navigator. Futaba, under the codename Oracle, guides the crew to their destination or, if things go south, an escape route. She also provides moral support that buffs her teammates during combat. As with the previous reveals, the character’s voice actor, Erica Lindbeck, is also interviewed in a separate video.
Atlus has sent word that digital pre-orders are now live for Persona 5. As a bonus, early digital buyers receive the dynamic Protagonist Special Theme & Avatar Set. Pre-orders also come with in-game DLC, the Izanagi & Izanagi Picaro Set Persona, who makes a return from Persona 4 in the flesh and as a themed dress for Picaro. To learn more about the Phantom Thieves, scroll down to check out the recently released story trailer. Details were also revealed about several Confidants, characters who form a bond with the party and will lend them a hand. Three of them are detailed below, and star in their own trailers.
Persona fans, Atlus has some good news and some bad news. First, the bad news: Persona 5 has been delayed. The game is now scheduled to be released on April 4. But there’s a reason why it’s been bumped back from February 14, and that’s the good news: the Japanese voice over will be available as a free download. Now that wouldn’t normally delay a game, but instead of simply packing in download vouchers, the studio is also going back to fine tune the localization, and even record new lines for previously undubbed bits. Additionally, there will be a playable demo at this year’s PlayStation Experience, and they have also released a dynamic theme for PS4 on PSN that is free for the next 24 hours. Impatient players can see the game in action right now, over at Atlus’ Twitch channel. Before heading over, be sure to check below to see updated art for the two editions as well as three new videos highlighting Yusuke Kitagawa, Makoto Niijima, and Makoto’s voice actor, Cherami Leigh.
Today’s Persona 5 character trailer is a little different than the others, as the reveal isn’t of a person but a thing … of sorts. The team’s mascot is a cat-like otherworldly creature that goes by the name of Morgana. Morgana is more than just an inspiring presence, as it also serves as a mentor being a professional thief. Oh, and it can turn into a bus. Check out the spunky pro in action below. In addition to the new trailer, an interview with voice actor Cassandra Morris has also been posted.
A new Persona 5 character trailer introduces another of the squad, Ryuji Sakamoto. The former track star is looking for revenge against adults after Shujin Academy’s harsh coach, Kamoshida, pushed him too hard, leading to a severe injury. Now, he’s a rebel, fighting against everyone in society he deems as corrupt alongside his friends in the Phantom Thieves. As with the previous cast intros, Altus has also posted an interview with the character’s voice actor, Max Mittelman.
A new Persona 5 trailer shines the spotlight on another member of the Phantom Thieves, Ann Takamaki. She’s the target of a nasty rumor at school, but instead of getting depressed about it, she channels the negative energy into something positive by using it to fight harder for her friends. As a bonus, a video has also gone live with Takamaki’s voice actor, Erika Harlacher.
Atlus has revealed the English voice cast for Persona 5. In the process, the studio also detailed the in-game cast. Players will take on the role of Shujin Academy’s latest transfer student, “Joker,” who doubles as the leader of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts when he’s not attending class, going out with friends, or practicing at the batting cage. His mission is to steal the hearts of corrupt adults. Along with the case list, two new videos can also be found below, one centered on the protagonist and another that features a Q&A session with the protagonist’s voice actor, Xander Mobus.
Persona 5 is less than half a year away, and Atlus is already getting primed for its North American release. Today the studio revealed the SteelBook Launch Edition. The themed pack will feature a portrait of the cast on the outside, and a second design featuring the Phantom Thieves on the inside. Prepare your shelves accordingly.
Shin Megami returns today with a skewed take on the endgame of Shin Megami Tensei IV. Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse shifts things a bit, with the player going through the same world but as a new protagonist, Nanashi. The recently deceased, now-resurrected Hunter is the servant of the god Dagda, who plans to take advantage of the ongoing war between man, angel, and demon. Players must decide whether to do his bidding or cut their own path, choosing anarchy or peace, as they undertake quests, explore, and battle (as well as fuse) over 450 demon types.