Atlus has officially announced that Persona 5 is coming to North America on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2017. Players can pick up the game on PlayStation 4 for $59.99 and PlayStation 3 for $49.99. There will be a limited pre-order edition of the PS4 version, coming in a Steelbook case.
"Now, even after all that, if you still are 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," wrote Atlus PR manager John Hardin in a post on the official PlayStation blog. "When we show off Persona 5 footage at E3 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."
Atlus has also revealed Persona 5's premium edition, which is exclusive to PlayStation 4. The Take Your Heart Premium Edition is coming in at $89.99 and includes:
- Soundtrack CD: A selection of music from Persona 5 by legendary series composer, Shoji Meguro, in a CD sleeve featuring special P5 artwork.
- 4" Morgana plush: Morgana the Phantom Thieves' cat is not just the mascot of the Phantom Thieves, but also a member – and also not just a cat! The premium edition includes an exclusive 4" plush of Morgana.
- 64-page hardcover art book: This art book is full of concept sketches, character art, and more by character designer Shigenori Soejima.
- SteelBook: As strong as a vault, the game disc for the PS4 will come specially packaged in a SteelBook collectible case, emblazoned with Persona 5 designs.
- School bag: Designed after the traditional school bags in Japan, the exclusive replica bag comes complete with the Shujin Academy crest.
Best case scenario: your significant other is also excited about Persona 5, so you buy a copy for them. Valentine's Day shopping is done! Oh wait, then they'll want to use the television. How are you going to play then? That's not going to work. Your best bet is to call into your relationship sick. You can do that, right? Take a raincheck on Valentine's Day? Maybe the entire week?
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