With E3 2016 starting only slightly more than a week from now, on June 14, the impending moment until Persona 5‘s North American release date is announced approaches.
The announcements related to the North American release date of Persona 5 in the past are as follows:
February 25, 2014
The English localization of Persona 5 is officially announced for the PlayStation 3, three months after the game was formally announced in Japan. It is given a 2015 release date, as opposed to the Japanese date of “Winter 2014.”
December 6, 2014
Following the news of a delay in Japan at the SCEJA 2014 conference from “Winter 2014” to “2015,” the North American version of the game is confirmed to be released for the PS4 at the PlayStation Experience 2014 keynote. While no release window was given during the keynote, the 2015 date was reaffirmed.
June 8, 2015
The Atlus USA website is updated and the Persona 5 page is briefly listed with a “Late 2015” release date, which is quickly changed back to “2015.”
September 17, 2015
On the same day that the Japanese release date for Persona 5 is delayed to “Summer 2016” from “2015” announced at TGS 2015, Atlus USA issues a press release announcing the first North American delay of the game from “2015” to “2016.”
While the Japanese date was announced last month for September 15, 2016, the release date for North America is still the general window of “2016.” E3 2016 will presumably be where an announcement will be made, after the news that Persona 5 will be having a presence at the show.
There has been no official news concerning the European release date of the game, however a Sony Computer Entertainment Europe advertisement on July 29, 2015 listed that the game had a “TBA 2016” date.
The upcoming release schedule for games published by Atlus USA:
- Odin Sphere Leifthrasir — June 7, 2016
- The King of Fighters XIV — August 23, 2016
- Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse — Summer 2016 (Current placeholder of September 20, 2016)
- Rock of Ages II: Bigger and Boulder — Fall 2016
- Persona 5 — 2016
So the question is, when do you think Persona 5 will be released outside of Japan (its North American release, primarily)? Will it be simultaneous with the Japanese date in September 2016? Will it be a holiday release in November or December? Or will it get delayed to 2017?