Watch: The first 18 minutes of Persona 5
Persona 5 may not be out in Japan until this September -- and it won't reach Stateside until February 2017 -- but that hasn't stopped Atlus from teasing a huge first chunk of the game in a new video, above.
This represents a straight shot from the beginning of the game up to the end of what we might consider the prologue. We get a few 2D animated cutscenes as well as some in-engine cinematics, and also a taste of Persona 5's dungeon-crawling and combat through the tutorial section.
At the moment the video is available only in raw Japanese without subtitles, though you can pretty much follow what's happening on-screen anyway. I should warn you, if your previous exposure to Atlus's Persona series is limited to Persona 4, this is going to seem a lot more intense: our protagonist is restrained, drugged, beaten, and forced to sign (what I gather is) a false confession, all within the first few minutes of play. It would seem Atlus heard criticisms about Persona 4's slow beginning and decided to really ramp things up, right from the outset.
Persona 5 will be a PlayStation 3 and 4 exclusive when it arrives in the U.S. next year.