Persona 5 Coming To North America In 2015

By Ishaan . February 25, 2014 . 9:47am

Persona 5 will be released in 2015 for the PlayStation 3 in North America, Atlus USA announced this morning.



Persona 5, as previously reported, will feature characters that are shackled by modern society, with each one being restrained by something. The game will take place in a school setting with a different mood from past Persona titles.


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  • Chim_era

    2015 seems so long, BUT it’s Persona 5.
    I’m just happy it’s on the way. Persona is really in a league of it’s own :D

  • Randgriz

    Awesome awesome, i hope europe gets this persona action too

  • Skeptika Crediblus

    That’s my winter planned.

  • Dsvkb

    It’s good to hear that Atlus USA is still handling the Persona games. I wasn’t sure what Sega was going to do about that.

  • Jungo

    On one hand, I should be positively thrilled at this news! On the other, I figured there was no chance in hell of this not happening. So I’m excited, but only exactly as excited as I already was.

  • Mirai

    I presume it will be around spring of 2015. Well this was to be expected but at least its nice to know this far in advance.

  • SMT

    I really hope a European publisher picks this up, since this game will be released quite a bit after the PS4 will have settled… Or at the very least, I hope Atlus doesn’t region lock this like they did with Arena.

    • Nyxeth

      It’ll release in Europe definitely – although how many months after the US (Atlus has a track record for shipping the Persona series up to a year later over here) is the question. It is by far their biggest franchise so not doing so would be stupid.

      With that said, you can import Persona 5 since it is on the PS3, which isn’t region locked. On region locking, Arena was released with dual audio (Japanese and English) at the same time in both Japan and America, it would of been much cheaper for American residents to import it, like much much cheaper. In this scenario, it looks like Japan gets PS5 first, so they won’t have to deal with that issue.

      Now what worries me is whether Persona Q and the other game get published in Europe, since the 3DS -does- have region locking, even if they do it could be a year late when it loses relevance.

      • zuuum

        Since they terribly screwed up Arena in term of releasing the game at the same time in all regions ala Pokemon I hope/wish Atlus would make it up for us with releasing Persona 5 at the same time as in the USA. Or at last with max. 1 month of a delay. I mean it IS the biggest game Atlus will release in the next few years…

        But I have no idea about Persona Q…I have the bad feeling it will take forever like SMTIV.:/ Maybe autumn 2015? I totally see it being released after Persona 5 sadly…

        • Nyxeth

          Yeah, I imagine Persona Q is gonna have a later release since P5 is the main focus of Atlus’ development currently. Hopefully their arrangement lately with NISA to publish in Europe will come through.

      • xLogick

        Actually its the other way around, much cheaper for japanese residents to import it. Games are going for $80-$90 over there.

        • Nyxeth

          Right, regardless of who’s who in the scenario, the general gist is that this won’t suffer the same trouble.

      • Cadallin


    • Pdugna

      Arena was only region-locked because the game was the same no matter where you bought it, so they prevented people from just buying only the cheapest version. Persona games in each region are different so it won’t be region locked.

  • and Eu?

  • My heart can’t take all the epic announcements this year, but I must go on to play Persona 5 in the upcoming year! >_<

  • Guest

    Holy Mother of Persona now this is News!!

  • X_Bacon

    Thank you based Atlus

  • TheGioG

    I will be a sad excuse of a human being if I’m still not able to get my pudgy little hands on a PS3 by the time this beauty of a game comes out. Be right back, committing shady business dealings for quick cash solutions.

    • CptPokerface

      In other words you’re just gonna be running in and out of peoples houses smashing pots and cutting all their grass?

      • TheGioG

        Yes. Yes indeed. >:)

        • CptPokerface

          Count me in for that action. Sure hope I get a good exchange rate on Rupees though..

          • Tylor Boreas Makimoto

            Well, the current Ruppee exchange rate to US currency for $200 is 12393.88, so I’d get smashing.

    • GOLD

      i need to grab one too. I really want a ps4, but there is so much coming to the ps3 and the backlog is also amazing. i wouldn’t mind paying more for backwards compatibility at this point.

    • Pdugna

      Take any job you can get, even minimum wage from now till release date you should have like a thousand maybe more saved to get a PS3 and this game probably in a LE form.

    • Kazekage Gaara

      I dont have a PS3 at the moment either but I will still secure my copy no matter what :D Same with Arena

    • azureknight

      It’s not coming out until 2015, you guys can probably grab a PS3 for cheap during the Black Friday sales.

    • How do you people not have PS3s yet???

  • Avaricious

    Square Enix take notes!!!!! (FF15)

  • DesmaX

    It was pretty obvious that it was coming, but it’s still nice to hear.

    Hope the US release is as close as the JP one (Like Dragon’s Crown, or even P4A)

  • Renaldi Saputra

    so now we have 2 persona games and Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth for 2015

    • Steven Higgins

      Except, the Persona games are being localized. We don’t know about DS:CS yet. There’s always imports, but if you were importing you could get all the upcoming Persona games this year. I’d rather understand what the characters are saying.

      • Renaldi Saputra

        and with Bamco’s attitude now to Shin Gundam Musou Vita version, chances to see Cyber Sleuth being localized is getting low and lower.. Now Bamco USA hates Vita

  • Kami nii

    My Ps3 is Ready!! I’ve been taking care of my ps3 100% for this game can’t wait till release!! :)

    Edit:Hopefully it will come to vita too I love my persona on that OLED and LCD screen.

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    Awesome please take care of my money when 2015 comes. Also, will there be a collector’s edition?

    • Kami nii

      I think there is a high chance since its quite a famous series and knowing atlus they probably thought about it

      • ShawnOtakuSomething

        yupe most likely

  • Tom_Phoenix

    Hooray for proof-reading!

    That aside, who wants to speculate whether or not this is going to get region locked?

  • Damarius Wingfield

    *chipmunk*:……..*SOBS MISERABLY*!

  • Bur

    Only 310 days until 2015!

    • Surgeon of Death

      Student averaging an F in Math: That’s like 26784000 seconds!

    • Samsara09

      with all the good stuff we are getting this year,till be a flash.

  • Masa

    cant wait till the news starts coming out about who the characters are and what they look like etc.

    • ShawnOtakuSomething

      Alot of people seems to want a Custom Character

      • chroma816

        Not going to happen – the series is a story and character driven one, so even if the MC is (largely) a silent MC, s/he’s still supposed to be an established, unique character.

        A custom character just wouldn’t work with the themes and story telling of the series.

        • ShawnOtakuSomething

          Knowing Altus We’ll never know

          • chroma816

            No, “Knowing Atlus”, I think we know for certain that there won’t be a custom character MC. Every game related to both this series and SMT in general has a set-in-stone, unique MC.

    • chroma816

      Now that the director is doing a few more interviews (I think there was one sometime this month) and it’s being announced that it’ll get ported, I’m sure we’ll see some of that in the coming months.

      • Lynx

        -it’s being announced that it’ll get ported,

        [citation needed]

        And if it does, it won’t be for a good few years.

        • chroma816

          I didn’t mean ported – I meant translated and brought over. Woops.

  • Jeremy Barnes

    I wish I could hibernate until 2015..

  • vault2049

    YES! Cannot wait for this.

  • Kango234

  • MrRobbyM

    My PS3 still has quite a lot of usefulness left in it. Catching up on my back log recently, Dark Souls 2 out soon and Fairy Fencer and P5 being localized.

    Good year to own a PS3.

    • Fulldevilalchemist

      You forgot add Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix and Tales of Zestiria to your list ;)

  • DivinePhoenix69

    Thank you BasedAtlus!!!!

  • Warren

    Praise Atlus!

  • Afternoon Intergalactic

    We’ve waited so long, another year is nothing! I’m so excited.

  • Isaac Newton

    My heart!

  • Thrasher429

    Anyone know if there is a Yes equivalent to that Darth Vader noooooooo website……I need myself a button to spam to express my joy at all the incoming Persona.

  • lordsofskulls

    Collector EDITION day 1 HERE i come ;3 I dont care if it $200 I am getting it ;3

  • artemisthemp

    Now all in EU just wanna know 2 things 1. EU release date 2. Is the game region locked?

    • Nyxeth

      Europe will get it, a few months late though at a guess. Won’t be region locked, since it isn’t a world-wide release like Arena was (Dual audio, meant the game was the same where ever you bought it, meaning it was cheaper to import from Japan than buy locally or something).

      • Wodki

        “since it isn’t a world-wide release like Arena was” so NA and Japan is the whole world now?

        • ShadowDivz

          Are you new to the world of JRPG fandom?

  • xe7en

    ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ praise helix ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ

    • Nice Boat Quatro

      Helix would never make us slaves, right?

    • Eder García

      Helix is Nintendo only


  • Timovisch

    If this game has a region-lock I swear I’ll eat my shoes..

    • ShadowDivz

      Probably will be. P4 Arena was. It’s probably to prevent certain people from importing magically getting the game from japan and being all “CHECK IT OUT EVERYBODY WHO ISN’T JAPANESE IM PLAYING THE GAME BEFORE YOU”

      You know like…..most RPGS?

  • LastManStanding

    My favorite character is leftmost chair-chan.

    • hng qtr

      I see, she is the cutest because her chain seems shorter and her iron ball is noticeably rounder.

      • ShadowDivz

        ….are you talking about her ass?
        Just trying to make sure we’re all on the same wave-length.

        • Nice Boat Quatro

          Nah man, check out her damn legs. They make me feel so good.

        • hng qtr

          No, I wasn’t. Dat seat though, way too lewd…

    • notpathetic

      Yeah, indeed that chair somehow feels…feminine. The second one, to me, belongs to protagoinsts best friend. The middle chair is clearly protagonist’s and it is very badass, it is my favorite one. The next to the last chair feels like a girl too, but a more serious one than leftmost chair-chan. The last one, for some reason, looks like a effeminate boy. *Gone mad from Persona news today*

  • Liamv2

    I will happily buy an american PS3 to get hold of this if I have too.

  • Arizato

    So an announcement this early might mean Q1 2015? : D

  • Rake

    Atlus.. you’re going to give me a heart attack..

  • konsama

    God between this and Monster Hunter 4U my heart won’t wait till 2015. >_<

  • Freud_Hater

    …That wasn’t a certainty? ôo

  • Nitraion

    Waiting for the next….

  • pixxxelz


    • Nice Boat Quatro
    • Ni ~Algidus~

      Naoya best MC

      • pixxxelz

        I don’t know about that, I mean Tatsuya is pretty bad ass too

        • Ni ~Algidus~

          and Maya. but I like Naoya more

        • JustThisOne

          That lighter flick idle animation. *__* So cooooool.

    • ..


      “You sayin’ I like chairs?”

      • Nice Boat Quatro


      • Hinataharem

        I can’t upvote this enough

    • Steven Higgins

      Where. Is. Maya.

      • Nice Boat Quatro

        I. Don’t. Know. Where. Is. The. Female. P3. MC.

        • D-Rev

          In the land of Non-Canon.

    • Pekola

      Plot Twist: The new Protagonist is actually the chair.

      • makubexnas

        Wow i totaly not seen that plot twist coming.

    • Daioh

      For some reason,this reminded me of that one article about playing as a guy but they forgot to add “boy” and it ended up beening read as: “You play as a high school”

    • koksuckaahh

      Where is maya!?

  • “will feature characters that are shackled by modern society”. Here’s hoping a nicely developped gay character will be a part of the cast. And no censoring and all that BS :)

  • Nice Boat Quatro

    I wonder if Atlus will bring back demon negotiation from Persona 2 and somehow link it with the social links abilities

  • Now if you would kindly put a collectors edition for pre order

  • Lordshade

    There going to get rid of the combat and make it a strait visual novel, since thats the most popular part of the games nowadays. Assuming they don’t just rehash P3 with a different color scheme like 4. Even P1 and the P2 douology were pretty different.

  • .:Raphællius:.

    Why a school setting??

    • DaiRaiOh

      Well if I had to guess, probably because every single Persona so far has had one

      • .:Raphællius:.

        That’s exactly why i asked why? Should they not go for a new formula?

        • No.

        • the setting attracts the masses of youngsters. Plus characters in games/movies/novels appeal more when they’re young since youth is considered as a privilege and hailed as something sacred since it’s ephemeral. THUS where would young people logically spend most of their time? High school! Will they bond with each other and get sexually frustrated too there to make even more drama and adventurous moments? you betcha!

          • .:Raphællius:.

            How deep… You deserve an upvote.

        • DaiRaiOh

          Because that would be stupid. The school thing has always been one of Persona’s signature things and recurring themes. There’s no reason to take a core element out of the franchise for the sake of trying something new, especially considering that if they wanted to try something new, they would just make a different Shin Megami game

    • katamari damacy

      The Persona series always were in a school. the standard SMT games were always in some post-apocalyptic wasteland.

      • Ninten

        I don’t remember being at school THAT often in both P1&2, sure, you visit some of them, but you don’t spend the majority of the game going to school (unless we talk about SQQ or P2:IS’s climax theater).

  • AkiraScare

    Another reason to keep the ps3 around (^_^)

    • JustThisOne

      Gotta keep mine fighting fit. *dusts, shines*

      • Nice Boat Quatro

        The hypest cleaning!

  • Kazekage Gaara

    Its like when I was waiting for Pokemon X and Y….except worse D:

  • DragKudo

    Man all the persona games coming out better be good. I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep myself from spoiling the stories. If they are really good and have multiple endings I’l get them.

  • ShadowDivz

    A different mood from past Persona games?

    How is that even–?

    Persona 3 was pretty damn dark and people died.
    Persona 4 was more cheery and had a murder mystery feel.

    Either way, im psyched as hell. Consider collectors edition bought.

    • DragKudo

      Persona 2 ALOT of people die
      Persona 1 Brown shits his

      • mike dickson

        ah nobody really died in persona two i many they only switch dimension is all no biggy

        • DragKudo

          what about all those experiments, and the rest of the worlds people? That doesn’t count as death? If not then I don’t have to feel bad about that anymore. lol

          • mike dickson

            its not you should not feel bad my friend only tatsuya should remember what happens lol

      • ShadowDivz

        Which makes me wonder how the mood will be.
        Also, gross.

  • mike dickson

    damn my wallet is fading away im so hyped collectors edition come at me

  • sharpshot909

    Confirmed for Europe in 2548

  • Pekola

    Wait…does this mean that P5 might release in 2014 in Japan?

    Or will they both release in 2015?

    • Ricardo C

      2014 in Japan and 2015 in North America

      • Pekola

        Are you sure? Because omg then it’s nearer than we think!!!

        • Ricardo C

          If you look at past articles they’d tell you Persona 5 comes out in Japan Winter 2014

        • Anime10121

          All they said was it was coming this Winter, which means any time from VERY late December (like right before Christmas late) to VERY late March next year….

          Its definitely dropping early next year in Japan,

  • Eder García

    PS3 pricedrop plz

  • The wait will be bitter sweet ( ;A;)

  • Melwwzas MZS

    seriously 2015 oh well -.-

    • Anime10121

      Kinda made sense considering its not dropping in Japan until 2015 :/

      Though it’d be nice to get a clearer time frame (season/quarter), but then again, Japan doesnt even have one barring winter :(

  • Cody Bloodlines Blevins

    Let’s just hope this one isn’t beat to death like P4…still not buying it though.

  • Adam Zaorski

    When I saw the news while on a smoke yesterday I got all jumpy and happy. I was very afraid when Sega bought Atlus but hopefully it will be ok.

  • Leozzz

    Here it is

  • heavymetalmixer

    Anybody here know to make an online petition?, i want to tell ATLUS to bring P5 with japanese voices and english texts . . . i know a lot of you people want it too.

  • Impressionnant

    I assume the delay is due to English dub. I don’t mind the P3 and P4 dubs. I just hope they get people who don’t say KOOON.

  • Aristides

    And thus we shall await for it’s glory. It’s only natural that a console gets it’s best game at the end of it’s lifecycle. Then again PS2 got 2 at the very end XD

  • Ric Vazquez


  • Vash bane

    I might be still semi new to the series (I was about like 74% into the story of p3) but I must ask whats with the school setting?

    also wow so soon

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