On July 20, 2016, it was reported that, after six years in production since at least March 2010, the development of Persona 5 had ended.
In a recent 4Gamer interview about Project Re Fantasy, producer and director Katsura Hashino gave a more specific date regarding when the game’s production had ended: May 2016.
Hashino: When “Persona 5” reached its gold master, that’s when production work settled down. I had time to think about what to do next.
4Gamer: Around when was that?
Hashino: It was in May 2016. Finally, “Persona 5” was completed, and the series celebrated its 20th anniversary, so we had a break to think about the future at Atlus. Therefore, we decided to consult with the company so we could solve the problem [of not having brand new franchises] and establish this project as a company-wide effort. In addition to having the series work continue steadily, already in flight, I wanted to start development of a new RPG in the right timing to make a new one “take off.”
Most of the information in this new interview about Project Re Fantasy can be read in previous articles, such as the one last month from Dengeki PlayStation Vol. 630.
Persona 5 was released for the PS3 and PS4 in Japan on September 15, 2016. It will release in North America and Europe on April 4th, 2017, in Traditional Chinese on March 23, 2017, and in Korean in 2017.