During a livestream on Twitch, Atlus USA announced that the North American and European release of Persona 5 will be delayed to April 4th.
The decision to delay the game was explained by Atlus USA President Naoto Hiraoka with the necessity to provide the best possible localization, as the success of the game in Japan resulted in more pressure for the western market.
The publisher does not want to compromise on the quality of the script, and wants to ensure that the quality of the western release of the game “reaches the same bar set by the Japanese release.”
Luckily, the message wasn’t all bad news, and we also get an announcement that will bring smiles on the lips of many. Atlus will provide the Japanese voice acting track with a free DLC that will launch at the same time as the game, on April 4th.
last, but not least, during the livestream we also learned that the game will be available with a playable demo at PlayStation Experience, and it will feature the original Japanese voice acting.
Funnily, a new trailer has been released earlier today, and it still had the February 14th release date. Apparently the folks at Atlus and Deep Silver did not want to ruin the “surprise.”
Persona 5 successfully launched in Japan on September 15th, marking the best domestic debut for the franchise ever.
Update: during the livestream, a free PS4 dynamic theme was also released. You can check it out and find out how to download it here. It will be available only for 24 hours.