Valentine’s Day is back on the menu as Atlus USA and PlayStation US have revealed that the highly anticipated Persona 5 will be delayed until April 4th, 2017 for North American and European regions. There is an upside however, as the game will now include both English and Japanese audio.
The game was initially revealed to be releasing in NA and EU on Valentine’s Day 2017 on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, retailing for US$59.99 and US$49.99 respectively. However Atlus USA has revealed that the game will be delayed to increase the quality of the international release.
In addition, demand the game will also support dual audio due to popular demand by fans. The option for Japanese and English audio will not be at the game’s release and will come later as free DLC.
Here is the game’s most recent trailer that explores most of the new mechanics and story:
A series of trailers were also revealed, introducing the English cast of the main characters:
Here are the NA boxarts for the game:
There will be a special PlayStation 4 edition of the game going on sale soon called Take Your Heart, that will retail for US$89.99. The edition will come in a massive box and contain the following:
- Soundtrack CD: A selection of music from Persona 5 by legendary series composer, Shoji Meguro, in a CD sleeve featuring special P5 artwork.
- 4” Morgana plush: Morgana the Phantom Thieves’ cat is not just the mascot of the Phantom Thieves, but also a member – and also not just a cat! The premium edition includes an exclusive 4” plush of Morgana.
- 64-page hardcover artbook: This artbook is full of concept sketches, character art, and more by character designer Shigenori Soejima.
- SteelBook: As strong as a vault, the game disc for the PS4 will come specially packaged in a SteelBook collectible case, emblazoned with Persona 5 designs.
- School bag: Designed after the traditional school bags in Japan, the exclusive replica bag comes complete with the Shujin Academy crest.
The Persona series started off in 1996 on the PlayStation as a spin off in the Megami Tensei. Titled Megami Ibunroku Persona, or Revelations: Persona in the west, the game featured a series of high school characters who could summon a persona, a physical representation of their personality. The game received positive reviews and is considered as a hit. Since then, 3 main line games were released and numerous spin offs, re-releases and adaptations. Persona 2 released in 1999 and was made up of two games:Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment. The game was a success in Japan but the game failed to receive good international support. The next game wouldn’t release until 2006 on the PlayStation 2. Persona 3 was a massive hit in both Japan and overseas selling over 500,000 units worldwide. Persona 4 followed the same path of success in 2008.
Persona 5 will release on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on April 4th, 2017 in North America and European regions. The game will also be playable at the PlayStation Experience on December 3 and 4.
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