The delays seemed like they would go on forever, but Persona 5 is finally here. The game stole its way onto shelves in North America and Europe on Tuesday, and to mark the date, Atlus USA posted a launch trailer.
Atlus then took the chance to post a warning against streaming or spoiling the game for other fans. Sharing functions are currently blocked for the game on PlayStation 4, and any soul who dares stream a peep past July 7th in the story risks being slapped with a content ID claim.
After much tussling with the matter of including the original Japanese voice track, Atlus gave into fan demand to bundle it as DLC. In fact, it was decision that set the release back from February 14th to April 4th. Atlus explained that the dual audio put extra strain on quality assurance and localisation. As they wanted to give Persona 5 their “gold standard in localisation”, they even went back to the studio to record previously unvoiced lines.
The dub of Persona 5 stars:
Xander Mobus as the protagonist
Cassandra Morris (Sword Art Online‘s Leafa/Suguha Kirigaya) as Morgana
Max Mittelman (One Punch Man‘s Saitama) as Ryuji Sakamoto
Erika Harlacher (Love Live!‘s Erina Todo) as Ann Takamaki
Matthew Mercer (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works‘ Kiritsugu Emiya) as Yusuke Kitagawa
Cherami Leigh (Fairy Tail‘s Lucy Heartfilia) as Makoto Niijima
Erica Lindbeck (Your lie in April‘s Kaori Miyazono) as Futaba Sakura
Xanthe Huynh (Yuki Yuna Is a Hero‘s Yuki Yuna) as Haru Okumura
Robbie Daymond (Sailor Moon Crystal‘s Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask) as Goro Akechi
In Japan, Persona 5 arrived on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in September. Ghost in the Shell studio Production I.G produced the animation sequences for the game, and Atlus previously released its full opening animation. The game’s story description was revealed as follows:
Persona 5 is a game about the internal and external conflicts of a group of troubled high school students – the protagonist and a collection of compatriots he meets in the game’s story – who live dual lives as Phantom Thieves. They have the typically ordinary day-to-day of a Tokyo high schooler: attending class, after-school activities, and part-time jobs. But they also undertake fantastical adventures by using otherworldly powers to enter the hearts of people. Their power comes from the Persona, the Jungian concept of the “self”; the game’s heroes realize that society forces people to wear masks to protect their inner vulnerabilities, and by literally ripping off their protective mask and confronting their inner selves do the heroes awaken their inner power, and using it to help those in need. Ultimately, the group of Phantom Thieves seeks to change their day-to-day world to match their perception and see through the masks modern society wears.
The A-1 Pictures-animated TV special, Persona 5 the Animation -The Day Breakers-, aired in September just before the game’s Japanese release. It recounts the prologue story of the young thief organisation which is central to the RPG’s plot, and can be viewed on Crunchyroll who streamed the special as it premiered.