During a special livestream held earlier this evening, ATLUS finally announced that their long-awaited JRPG Persona 5 will be available for purchase on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in Japan starting September 15th 2016. At the moment this release date is only valid for the Japanese gaming market, with no word on when ATLUS USA will finish localising the game and make it available in western markets.
This event also saw the release of a new promotional trailer, which offers a nice assortment of content for its 4 minute 40 second runtime. The video highlights many facets of the game including the battle system, cutscenes, the approach taken for design and several new characters – both playable and seemingly antagonistic.
At the moment there are two different editions available for Persona 5 in Japan. The first edition is the standard set on either the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4, available for 8,800 yen. The second is a special 20th Anniversary Edition which includes a large assortment of bonus content including:
- A copy of Persona 5 (Obviously)
- A B5-size hardcover “Persona 5 Art Book”
- Persona 20th Anniversary Album, a collection of five CD’s featuring select tracks from:
- Persona 1
- Persona 2: Innocent Sin / Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
- Persona 3 / Persona 3 FES
- Persona 4 / Persona 4 Golden
- Persona 5
- Three downloadable content sets:
- ‘Orpheus and ‘Izanagi’ Personas
- Gekkoukan High School Uniform Costumes / Persona 3 Battle BGM Set
- Yasogami High School Uniform Costumes / Persona 4 Battle BGM Set
- A special custom theme
- A Person 5 Art Treasure Box
This set will come in 5,000 yen dearer at 13,800 yen. It is unfortunately unknown whether or not a similar edition will be offered outside of Japan – although one can hope.
ATLUS also confirmed during the livestream that they will be airing an anime special known as Persona 5 the Animation: The Day Breakers in September.
Persona 5 is the next numbered instalment in the Megami Tensei spin-off series “Persona”. While it has received many spin-off games (Persona Q, Persona 4 Arena, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Persona 4: Dancing All Night) and remakes (Persona, Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4 Golden), a brand new numbered instalment has not been offered since 2008 on the PlayStation 2.
Persona 5 is being handled in North America by ATLUS USA. A PAL region publisher has yet to be confirmed, but will presumably be Nippon Ichi Software America.