A delay for the Western release of Persona 5 has been announced during the “Let Us Start the Game” livestream event, for the sake of not compromising on the localization quality of the game.
The new release date for the game will be April 4, 2017 in North America and Europe, delayed from its previous release date of February 14, 2017.
To refine the English script, the game has been delayed. Additionally, it has been confirmed that the English version will contain free dual audio for the Japanese language as well.
Finally, a playable build of Persona 5 will be available at the PlayStation Experience on December 3 and 4.
I know, I know. It stings. But Persona 5 set the gold standard for Atlus with its launch in Japan, and we wanted to put the utmost care into ensuring it winds up the best when it launches in the west. And — and this is a very special “and” — we have some exceedingly good news for you in light of this delay:
Persona 5 will have dual audio. For PS4 and PS3.
Dual Audio Statement
We’re including it as DLC for logistical reasons, but it will be free, for forever. People have been asking for this since P5 was announced, and through herculean effort from just about every division of Atlus, we managed to arrange this. This 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. You all are the reason we get to do the jobs we do, so we’ve been fighting for this for a long while, and we are glad we can make this happen for all of those who support us and love our games.
For those of you who are planning to attend PlayStation Experience in Anaheim this year, Atlus will be there. Along with a playable demo of Persona 5. If you’re going to be at PS Experience, we hope to see you there! Oh, and not that you needed any more reason to visit our booth, but there’s also going to be a Persona 5 collector’s card as well!
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 4, 2017, and in traditional Chinese and Korean in 2017.