Persona 5 Delayed Until April 4, But Japanese Audio Joins the Party

Bad news, there's a delay for Persona. Good news, Japanese voice overs will ship with the game.

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Atlus announced today that Persona 5 will be launching with Japanese audio in the West. Players can pick up the entire Japanese voice track as free downloadable content for the game. That's a request many Western Persona fans have had and Atlus is finally delivering on.


Sometimes there has to be a little give and take though. With news of the Japanese audio also comes news of a delay for Persona 5. The game was planned for release on February 14, 2017, but players will have to wait a few months. Instead, Persona 5 will be launching on April 2, 2017.

"I know, I know - the wait has been agonizing, but the Japanese release of Persona 5 smashed all our expectations, and as a company, we decided that we owed our fans the very best effort to make Persona 5 our gold standard in localization," explained Atlus in its press release.

"Practically, this means redoubling our QA and localization efforts, even returning to the studio to record previously unvoiced lines. We don't want to rush this game, and in this case, it meant we needed to move the release back for the last time."

Persona 5 will now be launching for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on April 5, 2017. Still worth the wait? (Of course it is.)

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  • Avatar for kurono64 #1 kurono64 A year ago
    Definitely worth the wait but now launching after Nintendo Switch, I hope it doesn't have an impact on sales. I myself might reconsider getting a PS4 now that the date has been moved, getting it for PS3 might be better.
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  • Avatar for mannycalavera #2 mannycalavera A year ago
    I am not too concerned when it is released. I do feel a bit sorry if the American voicework is potentially less appreciated as a result of this. But really I am glad - I was hoping they would add Japanese audio option.
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  • Avatar for Karisu #3 Karisu A year ago
    I am so sickened by Atlus. This goes a long way to showing just how little they think of the western market and Atlus clearly should stop doing business here if this is any indication of how they feel about us.

    There were zero good excuses for why this game wasn't released day and date to begin with with Japan. Atlus Japan thought it was a good decision to not let Atlus USA even see anything of the game until it hit Japan retail.

    They think so little of the western market that it is nothing but an afterthought to them. Even though they make significantly more money in the west than they ever will domestically.

    They should be rewarded with boycotts and nothing more.
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  • Avatar for admiralsnackbar #4 admiralsnackbar A year ago
    Why even have an American branch if you won't let them help with localization while the game is being made? I'm upset by this, not in a boycott or anything way but more disappointed. Yes, it's a huge game, no denying. Yes it will still be worth it. But why wasn't this already in the works?

    This isn't the SNES/PS1 era, global launches and synchronized localization are expected. FFXV, The Last Guardian, those delays are more palatable because they're still global launches. Japan will have had the game for seven months before we see it and that's just shoddy planning on Atlus' part.

    (And Dual Audio should never have been optional. Using that as the sugar to help this go down is foolish.)

    Edit: And to reiterate, I'm excited for the game. I have been waiting years and another two months won't kill me. As I said, just disappointing.Edited November 2016 by admiralsnackbar
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  • Avatar for Namevah #5 Namevah A year ago
    Disappointed at the delay, but I'm happy to hear that previously unvoiced text will get some attention. Hopefully we're talking important stuff and not obligatory text when shopping for items or something like that.
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #6 SatelliteOfLove A year ago
    Can I still get it in February if it doesn't come with Japanese VA?

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  • Avatar for jayzii #7 jayzii A year ago
    I will wait forever, if I must.
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  • Avatar for NateDizzy #8 NateDizzy A year ago
    @SatelliteOfLove No, because the Japanese audio isn't the reason for the delay. The Western localization team is "returning to the studio to record previously unvoiced lines."

    While I wait for April to arrive, I'll be entertaining myself with Gravity Rush 2, Tales of Berseria, Yakuza 0, Nier: Automata, Nioh, and Mass Effect Andromeda. There's a very good chance Nier, Nioh and Mass Effect will be pushed, but even so, there's no shortage of stuff to play.Edited November 2016 by NateDizzy
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  • Avatar for link6616 #9 link6616 A year ago
    @admiralsnackbar The... american branch IS doing the localization.

    Also, quite a few games don't do worldwide releases, especially larger RPGs, especially if they are fully dubbed. For instance it took the original Dragon Age Origins 2 years to come to Japan!

    So, the question is as a smaller company, why would you bother to wait to release your game locally, when you've got it ready domestically and could push it out, why wouldn't you?

    If EA annoucned they were delaying Mass Effect Andromeda because it's French localization needed more refinement, but the english version was ready to launch, how would you feel?

    All that said, delays and non world wide same day releases suck. But, let's accept the practical reality here.
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  • Avatar for detten17 #10 detten17 A year ago
    well this sucks. 2 more months of waiting.
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  • Avatar for himuradrew #11 himuradrew A year ago
    Ouch, but looking at the bright side, this gives me more time to chip away at my backlog. :P

    And JP voices is always a welcome addition for me.
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  • Avatar for MetManMas #12 MetManMas A year ago
    Eh, I don't mind. I get why people would be upset that a game they've been anticipating has been delayed, but it's not the end of the world. Other games exist.

    Check out one of the recent PS4 RPGs you may have overlooked. Play some old or new (old) friends via remasters, PS2 on PS4, or a PS Now subscription. Heck, try out a new genre or two, see if you find a new game or game series to love.

    Or if you're so desperate to play Persona 5, import it! Try playing a game in a language you don't understand. It'll be like an adventure! You might even learn some Japanese in the process. Or at least, how to search for translation FAQs.

    There's tons of games out there, and boycotting one just 'cuz you're upset that it's not out in your language yet is a childish, petty, selfish thing to do. A boycott wouldn't tell Atlus that you want their games in a more timely fashion; it'd tell them you don't want their games AT ALL.
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  • Avatar for admiralsnackbar #13 admiralsnackbar A year ago
    @link6616 Of course the American branch is doing it but why have that branch if they aren't allowed to localize until so late in development that delays are inevitable? All signs point to Atlus USA not being given work to do until way way late in the process when other equally dense games like...FFXV or Metal Gear Solid V have managed with the US branches involved at a much earlier state.

    Smaller devs, sure, I understand. Smaller games or smaller devs don't have international offices specifically for this purpose. Most RPGs developers don't! But Atlus does.

    Again, this is more annoying than anything. I agree with Miyamoto's sentiment that a late game is late, a bad game is bad. But that doesn't make Atlus beyond reproach.

    (And would I be upset at EA for delaying Mass Effect? Sure! On the same level? No. Just like Japanese players don't care if the US version gets delayed, they've got their stuff already.)
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  • Avatar for SatelliteOfLove #14 SatelliteOfLove A year ago

    Rhetorical question asked out of desperation!

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  • Avatar for NateDizzy #15 NateDizzy A year ago

    lol. I understand the disappointment, but have people forgotten that most JRPGs take about 6-8 months to localize? Strictly speaking, Atlus is actually within a decent timeframe. Everything we've heard about P5 points to it being a stupidly large game. Frankly, I was astounded they said it would be translated and ready to ship within 6 months.

    Sure, Squeenix can do worldwide releases, but they have a bazillion resources to just throw at the problem.
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  • Avatar for MetManMas #16 MetManMas A year ago
    @NateDizzy Yeah, an important thing to remember is that not everyone has the resources to localize a jRPG quickly. Shin Megami Tensei IV hitting the states barely two months after its release, Final Fantasy XV and the 3DS Pokémon games hitting on more or less the same day in multiple regions...stuff like that's the exception, not the rule.

    Heck, Persona 3 took over a year from its initial release to see a US localization. People should be more grateful that they only have to wait about half that for a game that's much bigger and more complicated to localize.
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