April 19th, 2017
(as of 2017-04-19 04:00:04 PST)
(as of 2017-04-19 04:00:04 PST)
Persona 5 – PlayStation 4 “Take Your Heart” Premium Edition by Sega
It's time to start high school at Shujin Academy in Persona 5, so be prepared for all the danger and drama of the non-conformist teenage life with the PlayStation 4 exclusive “Take Your Heart” Premium Edition. Rebelling against the man requires the right tools and style, and this premium edition has what the disaffected youth needs to do it. The game disc will be encased in a SteelBook featuring a bold design inspired by the game's theme of teenage rebellion. Also included is a CD featuring a selection of the game's unforgettably catchy acid jazz soundtrack from legendary composer Shoji Meguro. Plus there is a hardcover art book full of concept sketches, character art, and more by character designer Shigenori Soejima. Exclusive to this set is a 4-inch plush of Morgana the cat/team member/mascot. Also exclusive is a Japanese-style school bag emblazoned with the Shujin Academy crest. All of these items come in a large collector's edition box that will simply look like a video game to nosey authority figures. Persona 5 is a game about the internal and external conflicts of a group of troubled high school students – the protagonist and a collection of compatriots he meets in the game's story – who live dual lives as Phantom Thieves. They have the typically ordinary day-to-day of a Tokyo high schooler – attending class, after school activities and part-time jobs. But they also undertake fantastical adventures by using otherworldly powers to enter the hearts of people. Their power comes from the Persona, the Jungian concept of the “self”. The game's heroes realize that society forces people to wear masks to protect their inner vulnerabilities, and by literally ripping off their protective masks and confronting their inner selves do the heroes awaken their inner power, and use it to strive to help those in need. Ultimately, the group of Phantom Thieves seek to change their day-to-day world to match their perception and see through the masks modern-day society wears.
O'Connor went on to say that this was a "big learning" that 343 Industries took away from Halo 5.
"Chief we tend to think of as kind of a vessel for your adventure rather than necessarily this major character in the universe. He's really just your entry into the universe," O'Connor said. "But people have become attached to him over the last fifteen years and they've started to sort of fill in the gaps that the character deliberately has for gameplay reasons with a genuine emotional attachment. We certainly underestimated that with Halo 5."
O'Connor added: "It wasn't that surprising to me, but the volume of 'give us more Chief' at the end of Halo 5 was significant and so I think if anything he's slightly more important now than he has ever been, certainly to our franchise."
He went on to tease that instead of adding more new playable characters into the Halo universe, Halo fans can expect the focus for the next Halo games to "shift the focus a little bit to making the world a little bit more realistic and compelling and, I would say, more fun for players who get to inhabit the Chief in the future, pretty much as they demanded."
The next Halo game has not been officially announced, but we know it will have split-screen. O'Connor himself said more than a year ago that Halo 6, or whatever the sequel is titled, was in the works. While a new Halo shooter probably is not coming this year, you can expect the next title will react to the feedback surrounding Halo 5's story and the concerns fans had about it.
"Doubling down on Master Chief story and the amount of focus on him was probably the easiest learning from Halo 5," he said. "That was a really simple thing to absorb and embrace."
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Plus members also get an entire PS4-focused sale to themselves, bringing Borderlands: The Handsome Collection to $30, Destiny: The Collection to $36, Dirt Rally to $18, Doom to $30, and Final Fantasy XIV to $10. You'll also find Rocket League for $12 and its various DLC packs on sale.
These sale prices are available for the next week. You can see everything that's discounted on the PlayStation Store.