What’s The Timeline For The Persona 5 Games?

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While the Persona 5 timeline may seem rather straightforward at first, things get rather complicated in a hurry. The simplistic nature of how time passes in the original Persona 5 allows for the timeline to flow in a surprisingly easy way to follow, but the various companion games that have come out can be tougher to place.


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With clues based on information provided in-game, there are ways to figure out exactly where each game with the Persona 5 branding fits into the timeline. This means you’ll know in which order the Phantom Thieves’ adventures play out if you do a little bit of digging, but luckily, that’s what this timeline is for.


Persona 5 Royal

Persona 5 Royal - Joker, Morgana, Ann, Ryuji, Sumire, and the rest of the main cast posing on a red and white background

Persona 5 Royal

Franchise
Persona

Platform(s)
PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S

Released
March 31, 2020

Developer(s)
Atlus

Publisher(s)
Atlus

Genre(s)
JRPG

Engine
Proprietary

ESRB
M for Mature: Blood, Drug Reference, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence

Kicking things off, it is important to note that both Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal should be considered the same timeline experience, with Royal acting as an expansion upon the original. This is because the events of the story are largely the same, with a third semester being added to the base experience of Persona 5 taking place in January and February.

Persona 5 begins after Joker transfers to Shujin Academy after stepping in the middle of a situation that resulted in him facing an assault charge. His adventures in Persona 5 take place from the months of April to March of the following year.

April 9 – June 30

In April, May, and June, the story truly begins. Joker begins attending Shujin Academy, befriending Ryuji, Morgana, Ann, Yusuke, and Makoto during this period. The Phantom Thieves change the hearts of Kamoshida, Madarame, and potentially Kaneshiro as well, ridding a great deal of evil from Tokyo.

July 2 – September 30

In July, August, and September, the Phantom Thieves try to enjoy their summer but are interrupted by Futaba. They change Futaba’s heart, head to the beach, take a trip to Hawaii, and befriend Haru, beginning and potentially finishing Okumura’s palace.

October 1 – December 31

In October, November, and December, the group saves Haru and the story finally catches up to the point in which Joker relays the story to Sae Niijima in his interrogation following his capture at the casino. The group steals Sae’s heart, takes on Shido’s palace, and dives into Mementos to save humanity.

January 1 – March 19

In January, February, and March, you begin the additional semester that was added in with Persona 5 Royal. Fighting even more control over humanity, The Phantom Thieves take on their final challenge to change Maruki’s heart. From there, you’ll get the conclusion to the story complete with Joker’s romantic Valentine’s Day and his bittersweet goodbye with his friends.

Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth

Joker and the cast of the Persona games stand in front of a projection screen

Persona Q2

Franchise
Persona

Platform(s)
3DS

Released
June 4, 2019

Developer(s)
P-Studio

Publisher(s)
Deep Silver, Sega

Genre(s)
JRPG

ESRB
M For Mature 17+ due to Language, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Violence

The 3DS dungeon-crawler Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth is an interesting game as it combines the casts from Persona 3, 4, and 5. When it comes to the cast of Persona 5, it seems that this game takes place roughly around the events of Niijima’s Casino palace, putting it somewhere between October 30 and November 18.

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While exploring in Mementos, the cast of Persona 5 winds up stuck inside a film, leaving them to team up with the casts of the other games in order to figure out what is going on and how to return home.

Persona 5: Dancing In Starlight

Persona 5 Dancing In Starlight, Life Will Change track.

Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight

Franchise
Persona

Platform(s)
PS4, PS Vita

Released
May 24, 2018

Developer(s)
P Studio

Publisher(s)
Atlus

Genre(s)
Rhythm

ESRB
T For Teen // Language, Mild Blood, Suggestive Themes

This fun and surprisingly tricky little rhythm game is yet another interesting game to place on the Persona 5 timeline because it could be argued to be in a few different spots. Realistically, there doesn’t seem to be one solid answer for where exactly this game takes place since it’s a rhythm game made solely for the enjoyment of its gameplay rather than its place in the narrative. It does appear to take place in a dream.

With context clues from the cast, it seems like the game takes place at some point between the third semester at Shujin Academy and the time in which Joker leaves Tokyo. Being a dream, it doesn’t really matter when it takes place exactly, but that is the generally agreed-upon ballpark for when the cast of Persona 5 boogie the night away.

Persona 5 Tactica

A screenshot of Persona 5 Tactica showing Erina, Morgana, and Joker

Persona 5 Tactica

Franchise
Persona

Platform(s)
PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC

Released
November 17, 2023

Developer(s)
Atlus

Publisher(s)
Atlus

Genre(s)
Tactical, RPG

Engine
Unity

ESRB
Teen: Use of Alcohol, Blood, Suggestive Themes, Partial Nudity, Violence, Language

At this point the tactical RPG that is Persona 5 Tactica takes place after the player-controlled events of Persona 5 (not before the actual conclusion of the story of the game), but before the events of Persona 5 Strikers.

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One of the biggest clues for a timeline placement is the fact that it is mentioned that the weather is snowy, something that would indicate the colder months. With a few other added bits of info like upcoming graduations, fans have been able to estimate that the game takes place sometime between February and March.

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Persona 5 Strikers

Shibuya Crossing in Persona 5 Strikers

Persona 5 Strikers

Franchise
Persona

Platform(s)
PS4, PC, Switch

Released
February 3, 2021

Developer(s)
Omega Force, P-Studio

Publisher(s)
Atlus

Genre(s)
Action, RPG

ESRB
M for Mature: Blood, Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Violence

The action-packed Persona 5 Strikers is the latest in the Persona 5 timeline because the game explicitly states that to be the case. Even further down the road from Persona 5 Tactica, Persona 5 Strikers takes place during the summer after Persona 5.

The game starts out with the Phantom Thieves getting back together in order to head out on a camping trip, only for the Phantom Thieves to be brought back into the world of Shadows and jails. Having to contend with the evil EMMA app seeking to assist humanity in the most twisted way possible, the Phantom Thieves change hearts and break AI in order to save the day.

It’s at this point that the group makes plans to meet again during Winter break, but only time will tell if that ends up extending the Persona 5 timeline even further.

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