'Persona 5' News and Updates: Publisher Atlus Announced That the Game Won't Be Released Until April 2017

By Cores Grace Malaay , Updated Nov 17, 2016 05:07 AM EST

"Persona 5" publisher and developer Atlus announced on Wednesday, Nov. 16, that the game won't be released until April 4 next year. It was revealed during a livestream of the game's first English-language gameplay.

"Persona 5" is originally set to launch on Feb. 14, 2017. Although Japanese fans already have the game since mid-September, stateside gamers will have to wait for a few more weeks to have it on PS3 or PS4.

Since the release of "Persona 5" has been delayed, Atlus will obtain Japanese audio with the international release to pay off the prolonged wait. According to a post on the PlayStation Blog, the game will be available as free downloadable content.

Originally, the English-language version was going to launch with no Japanese vocal options, according to Polygon. This modification should compensate the disappointed fans who have been expecting an early release of the game and as a bonus, a free "Persona 5" PS4 theme will be given away by Atlus for the next 24 hours.

Additionally, the final art for the the game's premium edition has been introduced and made its first appearance. It includes the "Take Your Heart" set and is available for pre-order for $89.99.

"Persona 5" is a role-playing video game developed by Atlus for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. It is chronologically the sixth installment in the "Persona" series, which is part of the larger Megami Tensei franchise.

"Persona 5" takes place in Tokyo and follows a silent protagonist in the fictional Shujin High School after being put on probation for assault on a stalker. During the course of a school year, he and other students awaken to their Persona powers, become masked vigilantes dubbed the "Phantom Thieves of Hearts" and explore a supernatural realm called "Palace" to steal ill intent from the hearts of adults.

Published by Atlus in Japan and North America and Deep Silver in Europe, "Persona 5" was released in Japan in September 2016, and will release in North America and Europe in April 2017.

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