Persona 5 Delayed But Gets Free Japanese Audio DLC

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

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Persona 5

Today during their Persona 5 live stream Atlus announced something that many may find disappointing. The game is being pushed back once more, this time to April 4 for PS4 and PS3 from its previous release date, February 13. Atlus wants the game to be as polished as possible on launch, citing quality of the game and the English script as reasons for the delay.

It’s not all bad news, however. Atlus also revealed that they would be including the Japanese voice overs as free DLC on the game’s launch for those of you looking for a more authentic feel.

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  • Mr0303

    Good on Atlus for giving the Japanese VO. I guess they had to balance the delay news with something.

  • Miqubi

    I’m so happy for the dual audio, also january-february are packed as hell anyway.

  • Solbasa

    This is the first time in a while I’ve actually been annoyed about a game delay. But hey, at least people will stop complaining about the lack of dual audio now

  • Klagmar

    This is ridiculous. It’s, what, the 5th delay? Considering how many times it had been delayed previously, there’s no reason it should take 7 months from the Japanese release to localize, unless Atlus didn’t let localization begin until the day of release.

    I also hate this attitude of “oh well, at least we got dual audio” when that was something we should have had in the first place. If they were truly apologetic they’d give something more meaningful like making every piece of DLC free.

    • Miles

      Sounds like you’re comparing this to Mighty No. 9. (I’m assuming) lol Its actually the second delay. The first was when they couldn’t get it release in winter of 2015.

      Just think of RockStar. They delay their games all the time and people usually applaud them because they want to make the game good instead of pandering to everyone. Thats what I usually think to compare Atlus with. Its a bit funny because I actually hate the Japanese voice for all of the persona games. They’re english was much better except for P4: Dancing All Night. that was just terrible. (OPINION)

    • Miqubi

      actually they delayed it from 2014 to 2015 first

    • Klagmar

      Those were the only 2 explicit delays, but it certainly felt like a delay of its own when we found how long the period was between Japanese and Western dates. I know the process takes time. I just expected them to have been working on it as part of the initial delay, but it seems like they truly neglected the West until the Japanese release was completely done.

      I don’t think a delay is inherently a bad thing, but this one rubs me the wrong way because a) there have already been so many, so there’s obviously some management problem with setting expectations and b) the West is getting neglected so heavily by a Japanese company that is not all that small.

      While I’m in the camp that will definitely use the English dub anyway (I loved P4’s English VAs), I agree it’s a good thing to have dual audio. I just don’t agree it’s a suitable “consolation prize” or that this delay is in any way a positive thing.

    • Miles

      I think it possibly because now a days modern gamers expects games to come really soon rather than the wait. The demands for them are high but at the same time they are the one that risk too much. Patient is a virtue (Yeah thats my excuse since I’m a very patient person.)

      With your comment on “Alienating the Western audience”. I believe its business moves and the process. Like I commented earlier; Similar to RockStar they see improvement and want to work with that and fix it. Something along that line. I wouldn’t say neglect is the right choice more like obligations comes first. If anything, If they really want to neglect all WESTERN audience they would just stop giving us anything really. Trust me when I say they will be alright with only the Japanese audience and still doe great on sales. To profit anything to the western audience is really a 50/50 chance. Dues to culture and profit differences.

      lol Agreed Option is always a good thing. Personally, I like English VA’s in most Anime/Games. That and I prefer not to read while enjoying the scenes. But (Trying not to be a downer…too much.) There will always be people who find the smallest negative and make it a huge problem. Like the Clueless Gamer bit with Conan with Final Fantasy 15 🙁 He’s just playing the game and making comments. Just let him play, it is a game afterall. JUST a game.

  • tBanzai

    There is a God.

  • Panpopo

    Great news! Now can people get excited for this game again?

  • KissDisqus

    What are the chances of a switch port? I’d love to play this on a portable next year.

    • Miles

      If I have to chim an answer I would say pretty low. Nintendo do take chances and take a different route from the norm. I guess more innovative moves but they do have standards and strict rules on what they should have or not. Like the attacks on Nis America I don’t think Nintendo would take that risk to lose anymore of their consumers. In short censorship 🙁

    • Miqubi

      Censorship is an issue with first party titles mostly, I do remind you that Senran Kagura started on the 3DS, also they obviously don’t care about the “censorship” or the customer loss due to that (which is minimal) they wouldn’t enact it in the first place if they did.
      If Persona 5 doesn’t make an appearance on the Switch is likely due to other factors.

    • madmofo145

      It will likely be because Atlus has decided main line persona games will stick with Sony consoles (at least initially). If they eventually decide to do an enhanced portable port though, they won’t likely won’t have any choice but to go switch.