With about two months left until the release of Persona 5 in Japan, director Katsura Hashino has confirmed that the development of the game has been completed.
During the “Take the Treasure” Persona 5 event yesterday, Hashino arrived at the Tokyo National Museum stage at the end of the event, thanking the visitors. He had the following to say:
We, from the staff of the development team, have put our full effort into the game and have completed our work [on Persona 5]. We hope it meets the fans’ expectations, and that you look forward to the release date.
Hashino also states this in the recently released Persona 5 development staff interview video.
Atlus president and CEO Naoto Hiraoka also took to the stage to state the following:
As Persona 5 releases in less than two months, we want to give fans an opportunity to play a small part of the game before its release. We’re happy to be giving fans around the country a chance to play the game and look forward to doing that. As for today, thank you all very much!
Development for Persona 5 was first confirmed in March 2010, and the game has finally been completed after six years.
Previously, Atlus had finished development of Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse two months before its release in December 2015.
Persona 5 is slated to be released for the PS3 and PS4 in Japan on September 15, 2016, and in China on the same date for the PS4. It will have a February 14, 2017 North American release date, and the game has been announced for a European release.
Translation help thanks to Mystic of TRADUKO Soft.