Today, developer/publisher Atlus along with co-publisher Deep Silver released three new trailers introducing some more of the game’s Confidants for the title’s western audience. For those that don’t know, Confidants are NPCs that help players build and maintain relationships with party members and Tokyo’s citizens, as well as ally with the Phantom Thieves.
When you achieves bonds with Confidants, they will unlock things like special skill bonuses, services that could come in handy, and additional perks.
The three Confidants are:
Sadayo Kawakami (Temperance Confidant)
Sadayo Kawakami is the protagonist’s homeroom teacher at Shujin Academy… who also secretly moonlights as a maid. She doesn’t want her side job to be made public, so to keep it a secret she strikes a deal with the protagonist: She’ll let him slack off in her class in exchange for his silence. While this may not seem like a big deal, IT TOTALLY IS! Having to freedom to slack off gives the protagonist extra time for important endeavors like reading books, creating infiltration tools, or sleeping. Oh, and she can cook and clean for you if you pay for it (maid outfit included).
Toranosuke Yoshida (Sun Confidant)
Finding an honest politician is like finding a needle in a haystack, but Toranosuke Yoshida is a public servant who genuinely cares for the people. He may not have the most successful track record, but he’s a humble man who certainly doesn’t lack confidence. Toranosuke can be found at Shibuya Station Square giving rousing sermons about changing the corrupt system and protecting Japan’s future. While his words fall on mostly deaf ears, the protagonist can spend time with him to learn the invaluable art of speech. Developing a silver tongue will unlock negotiations skills in battle, such as being able to ask for more money or items from enemies.
Hifumi Togo (Star Confidant)
It’s never a good idea to go out Phantom Thieving without some sort of plan, but luckily the team can learn all about strategy from the brilliant, and beautiful, Shogi player Hifumi Togo. Spending time playing Shogi with Hifumi will help develop useful abilities to use during battle, such as swapping out members mid-fight, fleeing from ambushes, and more! There’s a lot to learn from a grandmaster such as herself, plus it’s amusing to watch her get insanely competitive during games.
Interestingly, Hifumi Togo was planned to be involved in the game’s main scenario, eventually becoming a Phantom Thief herself, but was scrapped and used as a Confidant after concerns that the game’s main scenario was already too long.
Persona 5 is currently available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in Japan, and will launch in North America and Europe on April 4th. Earlier this year, the game enjoyed a successful launch in Japan on September 15th, earning a series’ best debut in Japan.
Below, you can check out the three new trailers: