Atlus has announced that Persona 5 will release on April 4, 2017.
Citing a desire to meet a“gold standard” for the game’s release as the reason for the delay, the company’s PR Manager, John Hardin, announced on the Playstation Blog that the game will feature dual language audio on both the PS3 and PS4.
This feature will come as free DLC for the title, due to logistics, and Hardin explains the main reason for adding it is that “was something we especially wanted to do for the Atlus Faithful, the ones who still appreciate our English dubs and respect all the effort we put into localizing.”
To top off the announcement, Hardin also revealed the previously unseen cover art, artbook, and steelbook, as well as the soundtrack CD cover for those who pre-ordered the “Take Your Heart” premium edition of Persona 5. A livestream of the first English gameplay is also available on Atlus’ Twitch channel as a VOD.
As part of a viral marketing campaign, the game’s heroes, the Phantom Thieves, have “liberated” a PS4 theme of Ryuji Sakamoto, one of the playable characters, and placed it on the PlayStation Network for free for only 24 hours.
Finally, Hardin confirmed that Persona 5 will be playable at the PlayStation Experience in Anaheim next month, while the event will also make available a collector’s card to those who stop by the studio’s booth.
Delays can be frustrating, but often they are a good thing for the game. Atlus seems to have anticipated that frustration, and mitigated it with the other news. With only a few more months until launch, fans should have their anticipation sated until the Spring.