Katsura Hashino, director of the popular Persona video game franchise has announced in an interview with Famitsu that the main cast of characters in their upcoming title, Persona 5, may just be taking a leaf out of the Lupin gang's book!

Famitsu: But the main characters… are they thieves!?

Hashino: It’s interesting you refer to them in that way specifically because one of the things that inspired us to make this question to begin with was how, say, a classic, iconic thief in the vein of Lupin III might win the hearts and minds of people in today’s day and age if they were out running around today. There have been a lot of books and films over the years that explored the sorts of lives that thieves live and how they’re able to shake up the world with what many would perceive to be sheer brazenness, but that’s not ground that’s very well covered in games and we intend to rectify that. We want our players to be able to empathize with these characters and enjoy seeing what they get themselves into and we’re giving it everything we’ve got to make sure that comes through loud and clear in the final game.

This wouldn't be the first time that Hashino has referenced the franchise, as his 2011 video game Catherine includes a very brief nod to green jacket Lupin in the opening title sequence.

It's nice to see the Lupin crew are still relevant in today’s media, over forty years since their original début!

[Source: Gematsu]