Back in the mid 90’s, Japanese developer Atlus decided to develop a mainstream role playing game series that would spin off from their Shin Megami Tensei franchise, which began in 1987 with Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei for the NES.  They decided to set this series in a high school, as the setting had proved popular in previously released titles. In September 1996, the first game in the Persona series was launched for the Sony PlayStation, and received an international release three months later. With Persona 5’s Japanese release just around the corner, and the English localisation only a few months away, we decided to revisit the previous games to see how Persona has changed in its twenty years in existence, and what we can expect to see in the latest instalment.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona (1996, 2009)

Persona 2 – Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment (2000, 2011)

Persona 3 (2006, 2007, 2010)

Persona 4 (2008, 2012)

Persona 5 (2016, 2017)