Earlier today, Atlus held its first Persona 5 English Livestream event on its official English Twitch.tv channel. The stream brought some unfortunate news, along with new details and a few surprises to go alongside the gameplay. The biggest bombshell is a Persona 5 delay in North America to April 4, 2017.

Ann in Persona 5

A New Release Date

Originally planned for a Feb 14 release, Persona 5 has been delayed in the US/EU until April 4, 2017. In all likelihood, we can hope that this’ll be the last delay fans will need to wait through. No extended explanation was given for delaying a game first announced for 2014.

Japanese and English Language Options

To help soften the blow, Atlus confirmed the English versions will include dual audio – English and Japanese – for both PS3 and PS4 versions. For boring logistical reasons, the Japanese audio track won’t be on the disc. Instead, the Japanese track will be free DLC.

PlayStation Experience

Atlus announced a booth presence at the upcoming PlayStation Experience event on December 3rd and 4th at the Anaheim Convention Center. Their booth features an English demo of Persona 5. This’ll be the first time the US version will be playable to the public. Attendees can claim a collectible card at the booth as well.

Ryuji PS4 Theme

A PS4 theme of Ryuji Sakamoto is available on the PlayStation Network as a free download for the next 24 hours! For players looking for a new vibrant theme to their console dashboard, look no further, but you've gotta move.

Collector's Edition Updates

For players who preordered the "Take Your Heart" Premium Edition of Persona 5, Atlus revealed an update that the soundtrack CD now features Justine and Caroline, the twin wardens of the Velvet Room. The artbook and steelbook included in the package also received a new update. For more details, check the official purchase page on Atlus' website.

That's all the new information we've got now. While you're dealing with the Persona 5 delay, be sure to check out our expansive Shin Megami Tensei Wiki - which features all games in the MegaTen and Persona series.

Doug
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