The Famitsu Award 2016 live ceremony was held on April 21, 2017, celebrating notable games released in 2016 loved and voted by fans. This event has been held on a yearly basis since 1990.
Eligible games to receive awards were those released, for all platforms, from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. There are numerous categories, and Persona 5 was voted by fans to receive the “Excellence Award,” which is given to games which make a significant contribution to the development of the game industry.
Director Katsura Hashino and character designer Shigenori Soejima received their prize on stage, with Hashino giving an appreciation speech.
The “Game of the Year” award was given to Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon. The “Excellence Awards” were given to:
- Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End / Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Granblue Fantasy / Cygames
- Shadowverse / Cygames
- Dark Souls III / From Software
- Tales of Berseria / Bandai Namco Entertainment
- Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy’s End / Square Enix
- Dragon Quest Builders / Square Enix
- The Last Guardian / Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Final Fantasy XV / Square Enix
- Persona 5 / Atlus
- Pokemon GO / Niantic, Inc.
- Monster Strike / Mixi
- Yakuza 6 /Sega Games
Persona 5 previously received a “Users’ Choice Award” and a “Gold Prize” at the PlayStation Awards 2016.
Persona 5 was released for the PS3 and PS4 in Japan on September 15, 2016. It was released for the PS4 in Traditional Chinese on March 23, 2017. It will release in North America and Europe on April 4th, 2017, and in Korean in 2017.