A Complete Timeline of Persona 5 News, Mentions and Events Until Now


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September 17, 2015

Tokyo Game Show 2015 starts, with Atlus’ booth featuring Persona 5.

Persona 5 TGS 2015 Booth


The Persona TGS 2015 “Business Trip!” stream starts with the first look at the new Velvet Room attendant portraits, along with their names: Caroline and Justine.

Persona 5 Caroline


The PV03 trailer for Persona 5 is shown off for the first time during the stream, and prominent Japanese voice actors for the cast are announced.

[Persona Central]

The end of the newest trailer confirms that the game will be delayed in Japan from 2015 to a Summer 2016 release window.

Summer 2016

[Persona Central]

After PV03 is shown on stream, a Katsura Hashino developer interview video is shown, where concept art is shown, new gameplay footage is shown, and in which Hashino comments on the game’s development and the reasons behind the delay.

[Persona Central]

Atlus USA confirms that Persona 5 will be delayed from 2015 to 2016 in North America.

[Persona Central]

The Persona 5 teaser website of September 15th is updated with a page for the Persona 5 protagonist’s character profile.


The “Hunt for the Phantom Thieves!” is revealed to be a Twitter and QR code event, with character profiles being revealed after a certain amount of QR codes are scanned. Ryuji Sakamoto’s is announced to be the next.

P5 Phantom Campaign

An excerpt from issue #1399 of Famitsu—releasing on September 24—is released, featuring an interview from Hashino and Soejima. It also confirms that the upcoming issue will have a Persona 5 cover.


September 18, 2015

The character page for Ryuji Sakamoto is released, preceded by a fake news report associated with the ongoing campaign.

Ryuji Fake News Report

[Twitter, Persona Central]

The “Hunt for the Phantom Thieves!” campaign continues, with Ann Takamki’s character page revealed.

[Persona Central]

Morgana’s character page is the last to be revealed.

[Persona Central]

The “Business Trip!” live stream shows off a 1-hour segment of Shigenori Soejima drawing a new illustration for Persona 5.

[Persona Central]

September 19, 2015

The “Business Trip!” stream enters its final segment for the Persona Stalker Club hosted “PERSONA SPECIAL STAGE” show at TGS 2015 as the countdown ends.

P5 Velvet Room Attendants


The planned mini-concert takes place, and afterwards Jun Fukuyama (Persona 5 main character VA) appears as a special guest.

Jun Fukuyama P5MC


A  “Special Persona 5 Anime TV Broadcast” is announced during the stage event, with no further details.

Special Anime

A “Persona 20th Anniversary Festival/Project” is announced with a montage of all Persona game openings, with no further details.

[Persona Central]

The main vocalist for Persona 5—Japanese soul singer Lyn Inaizumi—is revealed through a video playing the main theme for the game with lyrics, following the instrumental version heard in PV01.

[Persona Central]

The “Persona Stalker Club TGS Business Trip Version” following the “Persona Special Stage” features a new clip from Lyn Inaizumi addressing fans.

Lyn Inaizumi

[Persona Central]

September 20, 2015

A Famitsu issue #1399 flying get leak features information about the fifth member of the thief team: Yusuke Kitagawa. It also reveals the names of the Personas for each of the main characters.

[Persona Central]

Durin a live stream, Tekken series director Katsuhiro Harada states that Persona designer Daisuke Kanada had a pale reaction to how the fans reacted when they learned of the Persona 5 delay to Summer 2016.

[Persona Central]

September 22, 2015

The Famitsu issue #1399 excerpt released on September 17 is translated, featuring information about Persona 5‘s environments, the latest trailer, and the story.

Hashino Playing Persona 5

[Persona Central]

September 23, 2015

The complete information from issue #1399 of Famitsu magazine surfaces, with details about the story, the characters, gameplay systems, and development.

[Persona Central]

Scans from issue #1399 of Famitsu surface.

Persona 5 Famitsu Cover

[Persona Central]

Scans from Dengeki PlayStation Vol. 599 surface.

Dengeki P5 PlayStation Scan 1

[Persona Central]

October 2, 2015

The official website for Persona 5 is updated with art for the main characters and their Personas.

Persona 5 Website 1

Famitsu releases three direct feed screenshots that were first seen in the magazine’s issue #1399.

Persona 5 Screenshot 3

[Persona Central]

November 9, 2015

The 2015 December issue of Comptiq magazine is released, featuring scans from Persona 5 with screenshots previously seen in other magazine scans.

P5 Comptiq Scans


November 21, 2015

A picture of Persona 5 main character voice actor Jun Fukuyama posing after finishing a day at the office is released by AXL ONE, the Japanese voice acting agency Fukuyama works for.

Jun Fukuyama P5 VA


December 5, 2015

Another picture of Persona 5 protagonist VA Jun Fukuyama is released by the voice actor agency AXL ONE on his break.

P5 Fukuyama VA


December 8, 2015

The January 2016 issue of Game Informer magazine contains a two-page article on Persona 5, with an interview featuring Katsura Hashino. It contains an information overview of the game’s story, characters, and setting that has been released until now.

The full interview is stated by Atlus USA to be released later on.

Game Informer January 2016 Edition Cover
Game Informer January 2016 Edition Cover

[Persona Central]

December 9, 2015

The full Hashino interview with Game Informer is released, along with direct feed screenshots that were previously seen in magazine scans. It is mostly an overview of information previously released, with a few new tidbits such as ambiguity regarding Morgana’s gender and Ann having lived abroad.

Persona 5 Image 6

[Persona Central]

December 17, 2015

A Square Enix survey is released which asks fans whether they would prefer to purchase Final Fantasy XVPersona 5, or both if both games were released alongside each other in 2016. The survey also asks responders why they would have a preference for Persona 5.

[Persona Central]

Atlus USA releases a Persona 5 themed Holiday 2015 Season’s Greetings site.

Atlus USA Holiday 2015


December 21, 2015

Persona 5 is highlighted in the New SEGA “Group Mission” video as one of the standout games.


December 22, 2015

A Dengeki Vol. 605 interview with game creators about 2015 and 2016 features Katsura Hashino and Kazuhisa Wada speaking of preparations made after Persona 4: Dancing All Night‘s release, in addition to Shigenori Soejima speaking of how his focus in 2015 was working on Persona 5 and asking fans to wait for its satisfactory completion.


December 23, 2015

Persona 5 is featured in Atlus’ Happy New Year 2016 card in the #1413 issue of Famitsu magazine. It has the tagline “2016 is ours!”

Persona 5 New Year 2016

[Persona Central]

December 28, 2015

Persona Stalker Club episode 22 features Morgana voice actor Ikue Ōtani delivering a special message to fans, where she talks about her role.

Ikue Otani Morgana PSC

[Persona Central]

Atlus director Katsura Hashino has the following to say about Persona 5 in the 2015 4Gamer end of year interview:

I think we’ll be able to release the RPG we are currently developing without problems. And more than anything, we hope to make an interesting experience for all of the players.

[Persona Central]

Miscellaneous Data

Persona 5 Mentions Graph

  • There had been 1,963 days (or 5 years, 4 months, and 14 days) from the Japanese launch of Persona 4 on July 10, 2008 until the announcement of Persona 5 on November 24, 2013.
  • There had been 1,811 days (or 4 years, 11 months, and 15 days) from the North American launch of Persona 4 on December 9, 2008 until the announcement of Persona 5 on November 24, 2014.
  • It has been 768 days since the announcement of Persona 5, from November 24, 2013 to January 1, 2016.
  • Atlus developed and/or published titles are slated to have been released in Japan since the announcement of Persona 5:
    • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (June 5, 2014)
    • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (August 28, 2014)
    • Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight (November 27, 2014)
    • Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker (January 29, 2015)
    • Etrian Mystery Dungeon (March 5, 2015)
    • Persona 4: Dancing All Night (June 25, 2015)
    • Genei Ibun Roku #FE (December 26, 2015)
    • Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (January 14, 2016)
    • Shin Megami Tensei IV Final (February 10, 2016)
  • of the above games were formally announced after the announcement of Persona 5 and are all slated to be released before Persona 5: 
    • Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight (Announced: August 5, 2014)
    • Etrian Mystery Dungeon (Announced: November 24, 2014)
    • Genei Ibun Roku #FE (Announced: April 1, 2015)
    • Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (Announced: July 20, 2015)
    • Shin Megami Tensei IV Final (Announced: October 5, 2015)

Persona 5 is slated to be released for the PS3 and PS4 in Japan in Summer 2016, with a 2016 North American release date.

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