Well, at least the eventual game you’ll play is looking sweet…
Sigh… Sometimes being right can be a real bummer. All year, Atlus and Atlus USA were both sticking to their story that Persona 5, the loooooooooooong awaited new entry in the best JRPG series around, would come out in 2015. As spring turned into summer, then gave way to fall, the publisher and fans were still calling it a 2015 game, but I had delay suspicions that have now been confirmed. Persona 5 is officially a 2016 game, as the snazzy new trailer from Tokyo Game Show confirms.
Damn, that’s a great trailer, which makes the “summer 2016” at the close hurt all the more. This new footage not only plays up the fun, Lupin-esque thievery of hearts, along with the thematic imagery of imprisonment and masks, we also get some intriguing open world exploration of P5’s version of Tokyo – at least I’m assuming, because that sure looks like the unnamed hero is walking around Shibuya. Also, the team member who’s a talking cat, Morgana, seems like my new favorite character.
Longtime Persona series director Katsura Hashino apologized for the delay, giving the usual platitudes of them working hard to make it the best it can possibly be, and I 100% believe him. It’s been seven years since the last original, mainline Persona game, so obviously he wants P5 to be deserving of the series’ pedigree. I just wished they hadn’t waited until SEPTEMBER to let fans know it was now a 2016 game. Usually you find out this kind of thing at E3. Ya know, like at the end of this trailer, perhaps?
Oh, by the way, unless you’re planning to play the Japanese version, I wouldn’t expect to get Persona 5 in NA next summer. Atlus USA has only said that the game is coming in 2016 in America. Now, it’s possible they could pull off a worldwide launch in the summer, but I’d put my money on September at the earliest. Seriously, English-speaking Shin Megami Tensei fans, prepare yourself for a full 12 months of waiting, and then be surprised if I’m wrong.
All whining aside, Persona 5 is still my most anticipated game no matter what year it arrives. While so many RPG makers struggle with staying relevant, Atlus and Persona Team have made some of the most emotionally engaging and technically proficient role-playing games of this current millennium. Persona 5 looks to keep that streak going, and hopefully, in the interim, I can just play the Persona-style Shin Megami Tensei/Fire Emblem crossover in the meantime – assuming that actually comes out in the US before P5.
By the way, you know what was my big tip off for months that we weren’t getting Persona 5 this year? No fancy special edition was announced for pre-order. Atlus is a pro at making snazzy special editions that I’ll pay $80 for, which is exactly what they’re doing with Persona 4: Dancing All Night. But I mean, c’mon! How could I resist this celebration of Persona music?!?!
So yeah, it’s going to be a long time before I actually get my hands on Persona 5, but I have a feeling it’ll be worth it when it happens. Hmm, maybe I can really step up my Japanese studies in the meantime. I’m sure I can be proficient enough to be able to play the Japan release next summer, right? I mean, how hard could it be? Oh, by the way, if you’re looking for more Persona talk, check out the Persona-centric episode of VGMpire that I hosted.