'Persona 5' gets a new trailer and release date in Japan

The long-awaited JRPG arrives on September 15th.

Persona, one of the most stylish and contemporary JRPG franchises, is almost ready to make its debut on the PlayStation 4. Developer Atlus held an event today in Japan for the next instalment, Persona 5, dropping a new trailer and plenty of tantalizing gameplay details. More important, however, is the game's new release date: September 15th, 2016. For now that's strictly a Japan date -- there's no word on when a localized version will launch on the PS3 and PS4 in the West. Still, it's a promising development given the game has been delayed multiple times.

The new trailer is a visual treat, showing the protagonists as they live their dual-lives as high school students and dungeon-crawling heroes. The overall structure is the same as previous Persona games -- you'll be able to explore Tokyo and hang out with your friends to improve various social links, before diving into an alternate, monster-ridden world in order to progress through the main storyline. It's an eclectic mix, but one that has earned prior entries Persona 3 and Persona 4 plenty of critical acclaim.

(Atlus also teased some downloadable content which will let you dress the Persona 5 cast in the Persona 3 and Persona 4 school uniforms.)

Put simply, Persona 5 looks brilliant. At least in Japan, Final Fantasy XV will have some tough competition when it arrives on September 30th.