Persona 5 deleted content had players taking on a piracy thief

Some Persona 5 deleted content with a somewhat odd storyline has recently been discovered. The cut content refers to an unused quest internally titled as “quest31” which carries an anti-piracy message in a somewhat hammy fashion. quest31 sees the Phantom Thieves heading up against an unnamed adversary who has been discovered pirating a number of video games, and the heroes are out to take him down.

A user on ResetEra discovered the Persona 5 deleted content on The Cutting Room Floor, a wiki and website that is dedicated to cataloging and preserving cut content from video games. The Cutting Room Floor has a large amount of unused dialogue from the game of which quest31 only forms a small portion. quest31 is one of twenty unused Mementos Requests discovered by data miners.

Here are two portions of the dialogue from the quest in question:

MSG_015_0_0

Shut up! It’s not my fault!

It’s those money grabbing

game companies! Blame them!

Games are too expensive,

and my allowance isn’t enough…

And who cares if I download them?

Maybe I play it for free, but

if it’s a good game, I recommend

it. I’m giving back, aren’t I?

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MSG_016_0_0

He has zero remorse.

I can’t let this go.

I’ll use a special attack on him!

A special attack on behalf of all

the creative types in the world.

[…]

MSG_024_0_0

I won’t do it again!

It was uncool of me to brag

about it to my friends, too.

Before I knew it, illegally

downloading games became the

biggest priority in my life…

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MSG_025_0_0

Just erase all the games

you pirated already. Make

sure you tell your friends, too.

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MSG_026_0_0

…OK. I’ll save up my allowance

and actually pay for games from

now on…

————————————-

MSG_027_0_0

The Phantom Thieves forgive

you. On behalf of all the

creative types in the world.

The reason for the existence of the Persona 5 deleted content isn’t entirely clear. Some developers include anti-piracy messages just for the sake of it. However, it may also have been intended as special content that only activates when the game has been pirated; other developers have enacted similarly-weird bonus content in their games.

You can read the full text of quest31 over at The Cutting Room Floor along with other cut content from Persona 5 and other video games.