When Persona 4 was released, it came exclusively to a system that was near the end of its life. While it seemed that might be the same fate for Persona 5, Atlus has other plans in store.
During a special pre-Tokyo Game Show event Sony held in Japan yesterday, one of the biggest announcements was that the next chapter of the Persona saga will indeed still be coming to the PS3—but it’ll also be accompanied by a version of the game for the PS4.
This is, of course, major news. While the PS3 still makes sense as a target platform for the game’s home territory of Japan, here in the West, a lot of gamers have already made the jump to the latest iteration of the PlayStation line. Having the game hit on both generations is a far more ideal situation.
It’s also, by the way, something I’ve been personally predicting for a while now. While there’s been no discussion as to how exactly the decision to also make a PS4 version of P5 came about, I strongly felt that Sega (Atlus’ new parent company), Sony, or both would really want to see such a high-profile game reach a wider potential audience (and, in Sony’s case, bolster the amount of PS4 games that would hold interest for Japanese consumers).
So, I can’t be totally shocked by this revelation—but I can be exceptionally happy that my prediction came true.
As a part of the announcement, Atlus showed off the first actual solid piece of content from the game in the form of an animated cutscene. While there aren’t a huge amount of details revealed during its short run time, news headlines shown tease some serious topics like a car accident, falsified evidence, the raising of taxes, and a murderer on the loose. We also get to see what many are assuming to be the main character: a young lad with tussled hair wearing glasses, sporting a turtleneck and what seems to be a school uniform.
There is one potential negative, however. Originally, Atlus teased Persona 5’s Japanese release as “Winter 2014”—now, they’re saying the game is coming in 2015. Winter officially runs until February, so it’s entirely possible that the game will still hit in time to classify as a release of that season. Let’s just hope it doesn’t come out too far after that—because the longer it takes for Japan to get P5, the longer it’ll take for us to get it.