Everything we know about 'Persona 6' so far

There was an eight-year gap between the fourth and fifth games, so fans may be in for a long wait.

Key art for Persona 5: The Royal.

Persona 5 took the gaming world by storm when it finally came to the West in April 2017, stealing the hearts of fans and critics alike. The game’s slick visuals were buoyed by a twisty story and rapid-fire combat that made a compelling case for the continued relevance of “old school” role-playing games. The 80+ hour game offers loads of replay value, and the upcoming release of the expanded version, Persona 5: The Royal will change up the story with new characters and plot twists. But as much as we love the Phantom Thieves, we can’t help but wonder what comes next. When will Persona 6 come out, and what platforms will it be playable on? It’s still very early days, but here’s what we know so far.

When is the Persona 6 release date?

One thing’s for sure: Atlus does plan to make Persona 6 at some point in the future. We just don’t know exactly when. Last October, company reps told Japanese gaming outlet Dengeki PlayStation. “We are working on mid-to-long term plan, including new numbered entries, so that fans can continue to enjoy the Persona series this year.”

Given that Atlus still hasn’t committed to a Western release date for Persona 5: The Royal, let alone a Japanese release date for Persona 6, it’s fair to assume that the next mainline installment in the series is a few years off. We wouldn’t be surprised to see it arrive sometime well after the launch of PlayStation 5, in 2021 at the earliest.

While that may not seem too far off, bear in mind that the Persona games tend to have a whole lot of text and voiced dialogue, meaning that the localization process takes a substantial period of time. Though Persona 5 came out in Japan in September 2016, it didn’t hit overseas markets until April 2017. So it may be that Western audiences won’t see a new Persona game until 2022 or later.

Will Persona 6 feature a female protagonist?

Ever since Persona 3 Portable came to PSP, adding the possibility to replay the game as a girl and romance all the boys, fans have wanted to see the series repeat the trick. Early footage of P5R prompted speculation that new character Kasumi Yoshizawa would be an alternate protagonist, but that didn’t pan out. Perhaps the developers thought there was a more interesting way to add to the story than simply gender swapping everything, or it was simply too time-consuming. (Imagine how much time it would take to revise virtually every confidant relationship in Persona 5.)

Even though a vocal community of Persona fans love the idea of a female main character, Atlus seems to have moved away from this approach to expansions of its most recent games. At this point, we’d be pretty surprised if they added a second playable character to Persona 6, but anything’s possible.

What will Persona 6’s story be about?

Atlus hasn’t released any information at all about the plot or characterse of Persona 6 at this early stage, as the company still seems to be focused primarily on the P5 family of products, including the The Royal and the upcoming Switch Musou brawler, Persona 5 Scramble. But there’s a couple core hallmarks of the franchise we can look to for some general ideas.

Most liikely, Persona 6 will be set in Japan, among a group of high school students. Your silent protagonist will be a new transfer student with mysterious past that literally everyone in the community is mysteriously drawn to. You’ll have strange dreams involving creepy people in the Velvet Room, and have to kill monsters in an alternate reality by night. You’ll make friends that way cuter and cooler than most actual humans you’ve met.

Atlus has not confirmed a Japanese or Western release date for Persona 6.

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