New Persona 5 Info, Phantom Thieves, Smartphone App, and More Detailed

persona 5 shibuya tokyo 2015-02-11

We’ve gotten some new details for Persona 5 from this week’s Famitsu magazine.

You can find the new information below:


  • Unlike previous games, Persona 5 doesn’t have one specific antagonist, instead opting for several different foes the Phantom Thieves chase after. It’s more akin to an, “omnibus,” rather than a straightforward narrative.
  • A large portion of the story revolves around the mysterious app the group utilizes called, “Isekainabi,” which they use to find their targets.
  • The main characters are mostly after social reformation and atonement, and not any one clear-cut objective.
  • The other world, known as The Palace, is what facilitates travel to all the exotic locations the party visits.


  • The Phantom Thieves are a group of friends that feel they’ve lost their way. They use the mysterious “Isekainabi” app to help others in need.
  • Ryuji Sakamoto meets the protagonist on the first day of school, and is the one to kickstart the creation of the Phantom Thieves. He is supposedly a bad influence.
  • Anne Takamaki feels restrained by her day to day life, as if she’s lost her place in the world. Despite this, she is the most energetic and lively of the Phantom Thieves.
  • Morgana is the member of the group who acts most like a thief, and assumes the role of a guide.
  • Yusuke Kitagawa is dealing with his own problems in life, which are exacerbated by the drama that ensues when he meets the rest of the party.


  • The Phantom Thieves’ initial Persona was designed to embody the idea of a “picaresque hero”. Like in Persona 4, the party members will get their Personas at different points inside, “The Palace.”


  • The SNS system players got to briefly see in the latest trailer will be used to communicate with other characters in the game.
  • The Greater Tokyo Area will be available to explore, as seen in the latest trailer.

Persona 5 director Katsura Hashino reiterated that, due to the game’s larger scale, more time was required for development.

Persona 5  is slated for a Summer 2016 Japanese launch on PS3 and PS4. The North American release date will be sometime in 2016.



Writer at Niche Gamer. Passionate for video game journalism, and more than glad to be a part of it. I also write DOTA 2 stuff.

  1. Valwin Mediaz
    Valwin Mediaz
    September 24, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    i want to fuck Ann fat tits

  2. Cerzel
    September 24, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    God damn, putting “Smartphone App” in the title scared me. I don’t want to need to dick around with my phone in order to get the most out of the actual game.

  3. Domhnall
    September 24, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    So the app tells them what people they need to go take care of. Sort of like a polar opposite of DSP/Nicaea from the Devil Survivor series.

  4. Kamille
    September 24, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Looks real pretty and all, but I think I’ve outgrown all the teenage angst after Persona 4.

  5. Etherblaze
    September 24, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Goddamn. I can’t wait. It feels like they took the smartphone thing from Catherine. Which was a small but fun addition to the game.

  6. Misogynerd
    September 24, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I really since they are taking inspiration from picaresque novels they find a way to include the stupidly long titles the novels had like:
    “History of the life of the Swindler, called Don Pablos, model for hobos and mirror of misers”
    “The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes and of His Fortunes and Adversities”
    and also have more spanish inspired names, I want that cat to say:
    “Nani? Guzmán de Alfarache nya”

  7. Breezer
    September 24, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Someone finally said it

  8. Jack
    September 24, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    Seeing as her persona is a dominatrix, i assume it’s not gotta play out that way

  9. Pepperkeet
    September 25, 2015 at 5:45 am

    I hate to break it to you guys but this game sounds more and more like Devil Survivor…

    Phone App that comes out of nowhere
    No direct bad guy (aka multiple endings)
    Group of teens trying to change things..

    YEP pretty much Devil Survivor 1 or 2 since they’re both basically the same shit LOL

  10. Unmotivated
    September 25, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Considering how the Devil Survivor games have been flat out better than Persona lately, this is a good thing.

  11. Brimfyre
    September 25, 2015 at 10:09 am

    There isn’t much teen angst in Persona 4, they are all pretty damn happy. You might be thinking of P3 which is full of it.

  12. tccboss
    September 25, 2015 at 10:44 am


  13. Lex
    September 25, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    I’m still hyped for this game. Delays are no big deal until you get DNF levels of ridiculous.