Last night the long taunting countdown clock on Atlus’s Persona 5 home page crawled to its inevitable fate at zero, and with it brought us a live stream and a whole boatload of information. The live stream itself was a mix of live action and game footage, as a reporter stood outside the famous Tokyo Tower while the cast of Persona 5 were supposedly conducting a heist during the stream. It was a cool little stunt if fairly uneventful, as Tokyo Tower went dark and police started running around the scene as the stream cut to a brand new trailer showing off new gameplay elements, locations, and the full cast of characters waiting for us in the new game.
This all brings us to what we’ve been waiting for though, an actual release date. Any delays with holding, it would be hardly surprising these days, Persona 5 will be releasing on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in Japan on September 15th this year, with no word of a worldwide release. This long awaited reveal felt like just the entrée to Atlus’s feast however, as a slew of information released about Persona’s 20th anniversary and subsequent special editions of the game, along with news of art books, soundtracks from the whole franchise, three sets of cosmetic DLC and various other goodies. If that wasn’t enough Persona for you, Atlus has also heavily discounted Persona 4 Golden on the Vita and Persona 3 on the PSP, as well as putting a Persona 5 anime into the works for late 2016.
The last cherry on the cake was a final piece of news about the 20th Anniversary Persona Project, with two special events held in Japan for fans of the franchise. A franchise first live orchestra by Game Symphony Japan will be held in August 13th, 2016, as some of the series best tracks will be played for a live audience. Not only that, but a Persona festival with be held sometime at December in Akihabara, Japan, with more information to come later this year.
The regular edition has been priced at 8,800 yen in Japan, with the special 20th anniversary edition costing 13,800 yen and including
- A copy of Persona 5
- Persona 5 art book
- Persona 20th Anniversary All-Time Best Album (five CDs)
- Special Collaboration DLC Set #1: “Orpheus Picaro” and “Izanagi Picaro”
- Special Collaboration DLC Set #2: Persona 3 “Gekkoukan High School Uniform” costumes and Persona 3 battle BGM set
- Special Collaboration DLC Set #3: Persona 4 “Yasogami High School Uniform” costumes and Persona 4 battle BGM set
- Special Custom Theme
- Special Persona 5 Art treasure box
The only thing the floodgates didn’t break loose was that elusive international release date, but with E3 coming soon it’s anyone’s guess what else might come out in the coming months.