Persona 5 delayed to 2016

Persona-5-logoWell, not every press release is going to be good news right? Today Atlus confirmed that Persona 5 won’t make that 2015 release date, and has now been pushed back to 2016 for both North America and Japan. I’m not entirely surprised by this, but maybe I should be considering how sure Atlus seemed a release this year would be.

Either way, it’s still coming, so that’s the silver lining here. And I doubt we’ll be lacking for things to play this holiday season too. Check out the short press release from Atlus below.

TOKYO and IRVINE, Calif.Sept. 17, 2015 — There’s no easy way to say it, so we’ll be blunt. Persona 5 will not release in 2015. The next numbered entry of the Persona franchise will now release in Japan and the Americas in 2016.
The strengths of the Persona series are compelling characters, a moving, relatable story, and a borderline obsession with minutiae – elements which can’t be rushed or taken lightly. So while ATLUS realizes the frustration and disappointment that this must cause for the JRPG-loving public, please know that we are delaying the game in order to make sure the next iteration of the Persona series lives up to the expectations of fans.
Persona 5 will be released in 2016 exclusively on the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 systems.