Earlier today Atlus hosted a livestream with their first long look at the English gameplay in Persona 5, which gave out some new information about the game, both good and bad.
Persona 5 is a game about the internal and external conflicts of a group of troubled youth who live dual lives. 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 use it to strive 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-day society wears.
In terms of good news, for those of you who were wanting a choice between the English and Japanese voice overs, you're now in luck as Atlus will be including the Japanese voice track as free DLC at launch alongside the game's western release. The publisher noted that this requires them to push back the release slightly further from their original February 2017 date to April 4, 2017 to allow for Atlus to make the localization the best possible and for them to be able to best integrate the voice over options and voice some additional lines that were previously unvoiced.
For those of you going to Sony's PlayStation Experience event, Atlus will be having a playable demo at the event. Additionally, there's now a special PS4 dynamic theme and avatar set of Ryuji Sakamoto (a.k.a "Skull") up on PSN for free for around the next 24 hours or so (with Europe getting the same offer around Nov. 24). It will return again upon the game's launch, but will be paid at that time.
Atlus also released a bevy of new character and voice actor interview videos, which can be found below:
Remember that the game will be available in two versions, a "Take Your Heart" premium edition and a SteelBook launch edition. The former will be priced at $89.99/CA$109.99 and is exclusive to the PS4 version with the following:
- Soundtrack CD: A selection of music from Persona 5 by legendary series composer Shoji Meguro in a CD wallet featuring P5 artwork.
- 4" Morgana plush: Morgana the cat is not just the mascot of the Phantom Thieves, but is 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.
- Collectible outer box: Easily the largest premium edition in ATLUS' history, the entirety of the "Take Your Heart" Premium Edition comes in a colossal collectible box.
The SteelBook edition will be available through pre-orders and a limited number of day-one purchases, while supplies last, for $59.99/CA$79.99. As for the PS3 version, it will release in a regular game box, and will retail for $49.99/CA$59.99.
Atlus has an updated version of the "Take Your Heart" edition with finalized imagery, which we've included below: