Atlus Confirms That Persona 5 and Yakuza 0 Are PlayStation Exclusives; Won’t Come to Switch or PC

on January 3, 2017 1:43 PM

Every time a PS4 box art comes with or without one of the variations of the “exclusive” label at the top, spurious speculation on whether the game will be released on other platforms occurs, and at least for the upcoming Persona 5 and Yakuza 0, Atlus USA PR manager John Hardin decided to take the axe to the rumors, posting a clarifying message on Twitter.

So there you have it, straight from the lion’s mouth: Persona 5 will be released exclusively for PS4 and PS3, while Yakuza 0 will come only for PS4, as Hardin says, “that’s it.”

Sony has been less than consistent with the use of its “PS4 exclusive” and “PS4 console exclusive” labels, and that doesn’t just apply to covers, as it happened even in trailers and promotional material. It’s probably a good rule to avoid speculating on what has been proven time and time again to be pretty much irrelevant.

Persona 5 will be released in the west for PS4 and PS3 on April 4th, sporting both Japanese and English voice acting.

On the other hand, Yakuza 0 will be released in North America and Europe only for PS4 on January 24th, losing the PS3 version that was released in Japan. It will feature only Japanese voices and English subtitles, and a definitely interesting experiment involving the preservation of the Japanese honorifics like “san” and “sama” in the English script.

If it works (and I see no reason why it wouldn’t), it might open the door for good things in localization.

 /  Executive News Editor
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