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'Persona' series director talks 'Persona 5' on PS4, PS3 release date and more

'Persona 5'
'Persona 5'
Photo courtesy of Atlus, used with permission

Katsura Hashino has commented on the latest announcements in regards to the upcoming role-playing game, "Persona 5." According to a report from Siliconera on Sept. 1, the series director first talked about the setting of the sequel. He re-confirmed a trailer that was shown earlier at a press conference held by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia by stating that the fifth numbered entry will return to the big city.

"Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3" also takes place in a metropolitan area. For "Shin Megami Tensei Persona 4," however, the development decided to go with a smaller and quieter country side town. The aforementioned trailer provided a first look at the main character of "Persona 5" riding on a rail train before stepping out in a busy city street.

Katsura Hashino went on to apologize to fans for showing very little of the sequel. The footage was done entirely in animated cut scenes without any indications at what the real-time graphics will look like. However, it should give fans a hint at the type of atmosphere the development team is aiming to achieve.

During the same conference by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan and Asia, the upcoming title was also announced for the PS4. The next-generation port is expected to come out at the same time as the PS3 version. Unfortunately, Atlus did not reveal any details in regards to the possibility of improved graphics and other extra elements that could be added to the PS4 version.

Finally, Katsura Hashino also apologized for keeping fans waiting for the release of "Persona 5." The sequel was initially set to launch during this winter in Japan but it has been delayed until sometime in 2015. He would go on to reassure fans that the end product will be worth the long wait. A teaser image from the sequel can be seen near the top of this article (via the official Atlus Facebook page).