Now that the long wait is over for Persona 5‘s global release date, the video game developer Atlus has decided to celebrate the title’s availability worldwide by providing Western audiences with an official launch trailer for the Japanese role-playing game. Although the game has been available for quite some time now in Japan, fans of the series in the rest of the world are surely happy to learn that the JRPG is finally available for all.

As seen below in the trailer released jointly by Atlus and Sony, the clip lays out Persona 5 as a game about the internal and external struggles that are experienced by a group of troubled youth who lead dual lives as high-schoolers and otherworldly adventurers. While they live the lives of Tokyo youth that attends classes, takes part in extracurricular activities, and work part time jobs, they also have the capacity to wield supernatural powers to enter the hearts of people.

For those wondering how the characters in Persona 5 come about their powers, such fantastical abilities are bestowed upon them from the Persona–that is, the Jungian concept of the “self.” The heroes in the JRPG realize that society forces people to wear masks in order to protect their inner vulnerabilities, but by literally tearing off their protective masks and confronting their inner selves, the characters manage to tap into their inner power, and are able to utilize its strengths to help those in need. As explained in the game’s cinematic trailer as well, the ultimate goal for this band of Phantom Thieves is to alter their day-to-day world to match their perception and see through the masks modern-day society wears.

Although the launch trailer above provides a look at practically every gameplay element that Persona 5 will have, it’s safe to say that the footage is just scratching the surface as far as what the title offers comprehensively. As it happens, the trailer shows off the game’s Shibuya setting, the Palaces that players can explore, several of the enemies that can be battled, some of the skill-building abilities, and even clips detailing the Velvet Room activities.

Persona 5 is receiving quite a large amount of critical praise already, with many outlets describing the game as a perfect entry point for those unfamiliar with the series, and a fantastic installment in the franchise overall, as it apparently not only has loads to do, but also exudes a sleek and stylish design with a unique story all its own. Taking all of this into consideration, it will be interesting to see if the game goes on to become one of the greatest JRPGs of all time.

Persona 5 is available now for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

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