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Persona 5 delayed to Summer 2016

Persona 5’s Japanese release has been delayed to Summer 2016.

The dreaded delay has finally come true, Persona 5 has been pushed back to 2016.

Atlus announced the new release window in a trailer yesterday, stating that the title will now debut on PS3 and PS4 in Summer 2016.

Persona 5 was previously slated for release in 2015, with an English localisation expected in 2016.

This will be the first main entry in the series since Persona 4 in 2008, not counting various spin-off and remastered titles.  

Persona 5 will abandon the country setting of its predecessor in favour of Tokyo, a more dense and populated city environment.

Judging by the new trailer, we will be able to explore Tokyo quite extensively, travelling by train, land and funky teleportation.

In previous Persona titles you could visit a number of shops and buildings, sparking up conversations with countless NPCs whenever you liked.

Persona 5 will no doubt expand upon this, as well as maintaining the social link and Persona systems of previous games.

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Game director Katsura Hashino has said that Persona 5 is:

“Going with a challenge that fuses together a juvenile school setting that is as large as life, together with a picaresque romance.”

“In the previous game, we wrote a story that involved having a justice group chase down a bad guy that could easily be feared by just about anyone,” he added.

“This time, it’s about a group of high school students that are being ‘chased’ by unexpected occurrences due to the justice they believe in.

“We’re writing [the story] to convey a thrilling everyday life in the shoes of these characters, that are as large as life, in this juvenile school setting.”

Persona 5 was first revealed as a PS3 exclusive title back in 2013, but was confirmed for PS4 soon after.

Who knows when Persona 5 will launch in North America and Europe, but we may be waiting until the latter half of 2016 at this rate.

Check out the Tokyo Games Show trailer for Persona 5 below:

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