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You are held captive.
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.
The Mysterious voice

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 was 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 2017, and in South Korea on June 8 2017.

As of January 2020 there are two other Persona 5 games either in the making or about to be released:

  • Persona 5 Royal: an Updated Rerelease exclusive to the PlayStation 4. It was released in late October 2019 in Japan, and it'll be avaliable for the rest of the world in March 2020.
  • Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers: an action-based sequel to be released in February 2020 in Japan.

There are also manga and anime adaptations.

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.

The Player Character (named Akira Kurusu in the manga and Ren Amamiya in the anime) is an Ordinary High-School Student who has been falsely convicted of sexually assaulting a woman and sentenced to a year-long probation in Tokyo, under the watch of his family's friend Soujiro Sakura. On his first day attending Shujin Academy, he and a fellow outcast named Ryuuji Sakamoto 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 and they will stop abusing other people in the real world. . .

Seeing this as a chance to better the world and strike back at the corrupted adults, the Protagonist, Ryuuji and the talking cat Morgana start to gather people also willing to take the risk (including the model Ann Takamaki, the artist Yusuke Kitagawa, the top student Makoto Nijima, the shut-in Futaba Sakura, the rich heiress Haru Okumura and the Kid Detective Goro Akechi - plus the gymnast Kasumi Yoshizawa in Royal), forming a group named The Phantom Thieves of Heart, who will start righting what's wrong, reforming the corrupted criminals and protecting everyone from corruption and defilement -- while, at the same time, wondering if what they do ACTUALLY is justice or if they'll have to start reconsidering their methods...

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