- An early build of Persona 5 indicates that there were plans to include characters from Persona 4 as cameos.
- Modders have discovered a fully modeled older version of Nanako Dojima and Yu Narukami in the game’s beta files.
- Speculation suggests that these cameos may have been part of an early idea for the game’s story, or that they would have been used as part of the baseball mini-game.
Evidence from an early Persona 5 build indicates that Atlus originally planned to incorporate cameos of characters from Persona 4. The original Persona 5 had a troubled development and was delayed multiple times before its eventual release in 2016. As a result of its development troubles, there were some things left on the cutting room floor.
A beta build of Persona 5 was leaked online earlier this week, with the build dated to December 2015. This beta included interesting details, such as early versions of cutscenes and songs from Persona 5‘s soundtrack, like “Rivers in the Desert” and “Last Surprise”. Persona 5 modders have been digging through this beta and posting their findings online, with one discovery being characters from Persona 4 who were likely going to make cameos in the game.
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Twitter user A Mudkip found that there was a fully modeled version of a grown up Nanako Dojima in the Persona 5 beta files. Nanako is a character who was the protagonist’s cousin and was Persona 4‘s Justice social link. The pre-teen Nanako is dressed in a thick jacket and still has the pigtails she wore as a kid. She apparently has animations assigned to her that originally belonged to the female protagonist of Persona 3 Portable, wielding a racket.
The cameos don’t stop at just Nanako Dojima, as another modder on Twitter, EllenZappa, discovered a model for an older version of the Persona 4 protagonist, Yu Narukami. Narukami’s model is styled after Persona 4‘s more limited, almost chibi-like design, but his proportions resemble how characters look in Persona 5. Yu’s model is incomplete, as he was only modeled up to his underwear, and no other clothing. The contrast between Yu and Nanako’s models has gotten fans speculating at how these cameos would have worked.
One of these theories was based on an early idea in Persona 5‘s development, where the Phantom Thieves were partaking in a globe-trotting adventure and could have possibly visited Inaba in the process. Another theory raised was that since Yu was originally from the city, and he had animations that were assigned to Persona 5‘s baseball mini-game, Yu and Nanako could have made a cameo there.
While Persona 5 didn’t feature fully fledged appearances from characters like Yu or other members of the Investigation Team, the game still featured some easy-to-miss non-physical cameos. These include an interview with Yukari Takeba from Persona 3 that can be heard on Leblanc’s TV, or Rise Kujikawa being featured on a poster. Regardless, some fans lamented that an older Nanako wasn’t included in the final release, despite how complete her model looked.
Persona 5 continues the long-running series by introducing players to the mysterious Joker. They’ll tackle Palaces and balance the daily toils of school work in this wild JRPG.
- September 15, 2016
- RPG , Social Simulation
- M for Mature: Blood, Drug Reference, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence