Atlus’s Mother Company Index Corporation (that recently filed for the Japanese equivalent of a soft bankruptcy) registered a domain that will pique the curiosity of many gamers and lovers of the JRPG genre: Persona5.jp
The domain was registered on June the 25th, as confirmed by the following Whois result:
Domain Information: [Domain Name] PERSONA5.JP [Registrant] Index corporation. [Name Server] dns1.onamae.com [Name Server] dns2.onamae.com [Signing Key] [Created on] 2013/06/25 [Expires on] 2014/06/30 [Status] Active [Last Updated] 2013/06/25 16:39:27 (JST) Contact Information: [Name] Whois Privacy Protection Service by onamae.com [Email] firstname.lastname@example.org [Web Page] [Postal code] 150-8512 [Postal Address] Shibuya-ku 26-1 Sakuragaoka-cho Cerulean Tower 11F [Phone] 03-0364-8727 [Fax]
Of course we don’t know whether this is an actual confirmation on the possibility that the fifth numbered Persona game is indeed coming, or Index simply registered the domain in order to prevent domain squatters from getting it first, but it sure lights a spark of hope for those who are waiting for more Persona games, especially after the recent bankruptcy news.
Interestingly enough persona5.com was already registered on February the 10th, but the identity of the registrant is protected by a domain privacy service.
A couple days ago Atlus announced that work on future titles is going to continue, and that the brand is going to remain active in the video game business. A possible announcement of an upcoming Persona 5 would be the perfect way to put the seal on that.