Persona 5 News

Atlus eases up on Persona 5 streaming

"We clearly chose the wrong tone."

UPDATE 27/04/2017 12.06am Atlus has confirmed to Eurogamer that everything up to 19th November in-game is available for streaming and the 90-minute limit has been lifted as well.

Persona 5 is series' biggest launch to date

Persona 5 is series' biggest launch to date

Atlus, my love has come along.

Persona 5 is the UK chart number one, with the series' best launch sales to date.

The critically-adored JRPG is also the first ever UK chart top spot for developer and publisher Atlus.

Persona 5's predecessor, Persona 4, first came out for the PS2 in 2008, but it wasn't until the game was ported to PlayStation Vita and renamed Persona 4 Golden that it made its mark in the west. Clearly, Persona 5 has built upon the good work of Golden, and made an even bigger splash on these shores.

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Atlus isn't keen on Persona 5 streaming

“Our masters in Japan are very wary about it.”

Persona 5 is out! Hurrah! Atlus' long-awaited and favourably reviewed RPG is finally in the hands of the masses. There's only one problem: the publisher is very wary of spoilers getting out. So wary, in fact, that it's threatening to remove any stream with anything even resembling a spoiler.

Persona 5 finally has a western release date

Persona 5 finally has a release date for the west - though unfortunately it's not arriving in the US until February 2017, some nine years after Persona 4, two years after Atlus' RPG sequel was first expected on PS4, and five months after its Japanese release. Still, it's definitely coming out (in the US at least - we're awaiting details on a European release while remaining grateful there's no region locking on the PS4).

Persona 5 comes out this September in Japan, having first been announced in 2013 when it was initially targeting a 2015 release on PlayStation 3. The PlayStation 3 version still exists, and will launch alongside the PS4 version in Japan and on the US release on February 14th. The Persona series has been running since 1996, and saw an explosion in popularity with the release of Persona 4 in 2008 and its Vita re-release Persona 4 Golden in 2012.

Atlus addressed the wait fans have endured for Persona 5 in an official PlayStation blog post. "If you're still thinking: "Why 2017!? You promised us 2015, and then 2016! Now it's 2017?!!!?!" Well, the biggest factor in the 2017 release date is attention to detail. When we show off Persona 5 footage at E3 next week (Next week!), I think you'll understand what we mean. We're making sure every bit is in place. Persona has exponentially grown as a franchise, and considering that this is our first numbered sequel since 2008, ATLUS is taking its time to ensure this is the best possible experience."

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Persona 5 gets a Japanese release date and new trailer

Persona 5 gets a Japanese release date and new trailer

But when will it come to the west?

Persona 5 will launch in Japan on 15th September for PS4 and PS3.

No western release has been confirmed, but given the popularity of the series in these parts it seems more than likely to receive an English localisation.

Publisher Atlus has released a new trailer showing over four minutes of the impending sequel. It's hard to determine exactly what's going on out of context in a foreign tongue, but it looks like masks play a central role in this turn-based dungeon crawler. We also get several snippets of the upcoming dungeons, menus, bosses, costumes, and 2D anime cutscenes. If nothing else, Persona 5 certainly gets mad points for style.

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Persona 5's first details emerge

Persona 5's first details emerge

Set in Shibuya, stars a thief and a transforming cat.

Last week we saw our first glimpse of Persona 5's gameplay and now producer and director Katsura Hashino has given us some vague setup regarding what the game is actually about.

As reported by Famitsu (via Siliconera), Persona 5's protagonist is a second-year high school student who transfers to Shibuya in the spring (the start of the school year in Japan) to live with friends of his parents in a coffee shop they own. What happened to his parents is unknown at this time, but apparently our hero is suffering from some sort of problem that he needs to face that's only going to get worse. Perhaps he's grieving over dead parents? Only time will tell.

At any rate, the protagonist's default Persona is that of a Arsène, a master thief named in reference to Arsène Lupin. Character designer Shigenori Soejima noted that Arsène's cape (or possibly wings?) are to suggest that he can go places other character's can't. Siliconera also noted that the the lead character acts quiet and passive, but it's actually a ruse.

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Persona 5 a PS3 exclusive out in 2014

Persona 5 a PS3 exclusive out in 2014

Plus, Persona games for 3DS and Vita announced.

Atlus has announced Persona 5, a PlayStation 3 exclusive due out in Japan by the end of 2014.

There's little else to report on the game, the next in the role-playing series, save for its mysterious teaser trailer, below. It features five chairs, four of which have a ball and chain attached. "You are slave," the text reads. "Want emancipation?"

Meanwhile, Atlus has announced Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, a Nintendo 3DS-exclusive spin-off featuring chibi Persona 3 and 4 characters. It's due out in Japan on 5th June 2014.

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