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Persona 5 Announcement Further Hinted at After Registrations of Multiple New Websites

An incoming Persona 5 announcement is looking more likely, with brand new registrations of sites for Persona 5 R, Persona 5 M, Persona 5 B, and Persona 5 S.

If you are still skeptical that we may be seeing an announcement of a Persona 5 game with additional content (rumoredly titled Perona 5 R), some breaking news may change your mind. Overnight seven related websites were registered by a company that routinely does business with Atlus.

The report again comes from publication Persona Central, who found the listings earlier last this morning. According to the a registrant lookup report, the following sites were all registered on December 26, 2018:

  • P5B.Jp
  • P5M.JP
  • P5S.JP
  • Persona5B.JP
  • Persona5M.JP
  • Persona5R.JP
  • Persona5S.JP

Add this along with the newly-registered P5R.JP and we have quite a puzzle on our hands.

While the websites weren’t handled by Atlus directly, they were registered by Ryu’s Office — a team that has assisted Atlus in registering other websites in the past. Specifically, Ryu’s Office had helped Atlus register the domains of the recent Persona dancing games, both of which had their announcement teased in a similar way.

On one hand, a possible Persona 5 R is still the most likely, given that the website for that title was created on April 2017 and re-registered yesterday. As a point of comparison, these other domains were created yesterday.

Even still, it isn’t immediately clear what this means. Perhaps it is a red herring or a domain safeguarding by Atlus. It isn’t an unusual tactic for developers and publishers to purchase multiple related domains as a way to prevent scammers, trolls, or others from squatting on the domain names.

If we are looking at more robust predictions, this may be hinting at a Pokemon-esque re-launch of Persona 5, with a B, M, R, and iteration that is all slightly off. I would imagine that this is fairly unlikely, but we did just see the recent Persona dancing games that could be argued fit into a similar design style.

When can we expect an announcement? If trends hold to how Atlus has handled registration in the past, our best guess would be in the next two weeks. The announcement for the game (or games) could be made at the end of the “Persona 5 The Animation Dark Sun…” special anime, which will air in Japan on December 30. The first Persona 5 anime adaptation ended long before the end of the game, and this special should cover more of the story.

Most importantly, this is all still in rumor territory — while domain registrations have hinted at other Atlus projects in the past (like Catherine: Full Body), it is by no means a definitive indicator. So let’s do our best to take this with a grain of salt and keep expectations light. Of course, you can always try making Skyrim look like a Persona game if you can isolate this glitch.

Persona 5 is currently exclusively available for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Persona 5 is currently a PlayStation 4 exclusive on current gen, but if you haven’t played it yet it is well worth the pickup. DualShockers will keep you updated on any further developments.

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Lou Contaldi

Lou Contaldi specializes in both reviews and the business behind gaming. He began writing about tech and video games while getting his Juris Doctor at Hofstra University School of Law. He is maybe the only gaming journo based in Nashville, TN.

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