Today’s issue of Weekly Famitsu had a spread including new screenshots of the upcoming JRPG Persona 5, due out in Japan on September 15th and in the west on February 17th.
The screenshots showcase the game’s multiplayer feature named “Thief’s Union,” which allows you to collaborate with other players in a way similar to Persona 4: Golden, but more extensive. It won’t affect the story, so you can ignore it if you prefer to be on your own. Like in the previous game, other players won’t directly appear in your game, but will have an effect on it if you so wish.
During combat your companions can be knocked out. In some cases they will be taken prisoner, and the shadow might demand an item. If you refuse or the negotiation fail, your companion won’t be able to fight. If you use the “Thief’s Union,” other players can rescue him or her.
If you are discovered in a dungeon, the “alertness meter” will rise, and security will become stricter. In the worst case, it might become impossible to continue. By defeating enemies by surprise, the alertness meters is reduced. In addition to that, when it’s at zero, it’s possible to launch pre-emptive strikes.
Enemies can also raise the alertness level by running away during a battle, but the “Thief’s Union” can block that.
The feature helps even during the day. A menu will show you other players’ “behavior record” showing the daily activities other players are doing. A “everyone’s answer rate” feature shows the percentage of players that have given a certain answer during a quiz. Of course deciding whether to trust the majority or not is your choice.
On top of this, we also get some really lovely concept artwork used for the animated scenes of the game. Check them out below.