Atlus released a load of new story details yesterday for their upcoming PlayStation 3 and 4 JRPG, Persona 5. In particular, the new details revolve around the Velvet Room, a mysterious place where an elderly man named Igor resides. The game is set to release on September 15th 2016 in Japan and February 14th 2017 for the Americas.
“The old man, Igor, asks the protagonist, “Are you prepared for this challenge? The challenge of taking on a distorted world?”
The Velvet Room is located in a place for each Persona title; such as at the end of an alleyway in Persona 3, or the interior of a limousine in Persona 4. However, the place inside is the same, filled with a calming musical tone with walls covered in blue velvet along with Igor and his female assistant.
In Persona 3, Igor’s assistant was Elizabeth, and in Persona 4, his assistant was Margaret. Now in Persona 5, Igor has not one but two assistants, twins in identical outfits by the names of Caroline and Justine (voiced by Aki Toyosaki).
Atlus offered brief description of the girls, as translated from website Gematsu:
Caroline and Justine
Twin prison guards that accompany Igor. They both look the same, and each wears a solemn eye patch on one eye. These two call themselves the guards of the Velvet Room, and generally receive the imprisoned protagonist with a sharp attitude and tone. Also, the twins vary greatly in punctuality and sometimes argue over treatment of the protagonist.
In regards to the Velvet Room, there are also more details about the main character, who is incarcerated for protecting a woman from her abusive husband. (Unfortunately for him, during his probation sentence, he has a dream where he wakes up in the Velvet Room, meeting Igor and the twin guards. Igor comments that the protagonist is a “prisoner of fate”, and warns him of future misfortune, saying the only fix is to become an “excellent thief”. Thus, the “Phantom Thieves” is founded, and sets out to take and reform the hearts of cruel adults by night. The process of reform causes adults to go insane, creating a global dilemma for many nations.
So how do the Phantom Thieves reform the adults? Igor gives them a smartphone app called “Isekai Navi” (“Other World Navi”) and through the use of this app the Thieves travel to the “Palace”, a twisted, opulent reality found in the hearts of evil adults. There the Phantom Thieves steal various “treasures”, lavish physical manifestations of an adult’s inner desires. The Palace changes per adult, so there are different environments to infiltrate, such as a bank or an art gallery-themed level.
The final details Atlus revealed involved the other half of the Persona game format — social linking and school days for the thieving team. Like the previous Persona games, building relationships and character traits happens during the daytime, and involves various activities such as having a meal with friends or going on a date with chosen lover.
There will be more details to come as we approach release day for Persona 5, including a confirmed showing at E3. So keep your eyes peeled! In the meantime, check out more Persona 5 character details here on GameSkinny!
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[Images retrieved from Gematsu]