This is several months after the game is set to launch in Japan, where fans will be able to get their hands on it in September. Regarding the push into next year, Atlus explained that since this will be the first mainline entry in the series since 2008’s Persona 4, the company felt there was no room for compromises in its vision.
Now, even after all that, if you still are thinking: “Why 2017!? You promised us 2015, and then 2016! Now it’s 2017?!!!?!” Well, the biggest factor in the 2017 release date is attention to detail. When we show off Persona 5 footage at E3 next week (Next week!), I think you’ll understand what we mean. We’re making sure every bit is in place. Persona has exponentially grown as a franchise, and considering that this is our first numbered sequel since 2008, ATLUS is taking its time to ensure this is the best possible experience.
Alongside this news, Atlus revealed the game’s $89.99 “Take Your Heart” edition, which will only be available on PlayStation 4 and contains the following contents:
Soundtrack CD: A selection of music from Persona 5 by legendary series composer, Shoji Meguro, in a CD sleeve featuring special P5 artwork.
4” Morgana plush: Morgana the Phantom Thieves’ cat is not just the mascot of the Phantom Thieves, but also a member – and also not just a cat! The premium edition includes an exclusive 4” plush of Morgana.
64-page hardcover art book: This art book is full of concept sketches, character art, and more by character designer Shigenori Soejima.
SteelBook: As strong as a vault, the game disc for the PS4 will come specially packaged in a SteelBook collectible case, emblazoned with Persona 5 designs.
School bag: Designed after the traditional school bags in Japan, the exclusive replica bag comes complete with the Shujin Academy crest.
Atlus also confirmed that all PlayStation 4 versions of the game that are pre-ordered will come in the steelbook case pictured above, and that the PS3 version will be available for a slightly discounted price of $49.99.
Persona 5 was originally announced back in 2013, and was slated to come to PlayStation 3 only at the time.
For more on Persona, check out Gaming Trend’s review of Persona 4: Dancing All Night.