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Persona 5 Delayed for 2016

The long awaited Persona 5 has had its release date pushed according to Atlus’ twitter page. There will be a simultaneous Japan & North American release but will take place in 2016. To reassure fans, Atlus has decided to give fans another gameplay video that shows new additions to the franchise such as an actual city to travel through, platforming, and jumping into paintings.

In the same vain of its predecessors, Persona 5 is a dungeon crawling role-playing game that has you living out a year in the life of a high school boy who receives the ability to summon facets of his psyche known as personas. Personas often take the form of gods, demons, spirits, and legends from various religions and folklore from around the world. 

After the PS2 entries Persona 3 (2006), which became a cult classic in the west, and Persona 4 (2008), often dubbed “the best game ever” by hardcore fans, Atlus has been able to release multiple spin-off iterations from the two titles’ success. Each game has had a remake on PSP/Vita, a directors’s cut version of Persona 3, spawned two fighting games, a cross-over between the two functioning like an Etrian Odyssey game, and an upcoming rhythm game called Persona 4: Dancing All Night coming out this September 29, 2015. The franchise’s fanbase has been growing strong with each year and the success from these games is proof of that.

Persona 5 is generating a lot of expectations since it is the first true sequel of the franchise in seven years. If Persona 5 did come out in 2015, it probably would have been the biggest RPG release after The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Fallout 4. It’ll be interesting to see how successful the game will be and whether or not the changes and additions Persona 5 makes will be accepted.

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Odin Sphere remake for all Playstation platforms

Atlus and Vanillaware are making an HD version of their 2007 PS2 game Odin Sphere. The game will be called Odin Sphere: Leifdrasir and will be available in Japan, January 14, 2016 on Playstation 4, Playstation 3, and Playstation Vita.

The 2D fantasy RPG had exceeded the expectations that even Vanillaware had for it when it released on the PlayStation 2 with its great art style, intricate story, stand-out approach to combat as players take on the role five different characters.

Instead of a remaster, Leifrasir will be a remake of the original game featuring updated gameplay mechanics. If you can read Japanese more details are located here.

See the trailer below.

The two companies have also announced that they are working on a new project. No details have been revealed yet but the teaser video says more information will be revealed in September.

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Sega Sammy report shows likely Q4 release for Persona 5

The Persona franchise will soon make its debut on the new generation. In Sega Sammy’s recent investors report it was revealed that Persona 5 will have a Q4 (“October to December”) release on both the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation 4.

While typically many titles from the company the Japanese company hits Japanese markets first, the release of Persona 5 will come to the U.S. as well within that time frame.

Though the investors report doesn’t specifically confirm a release of Persona, some investigative work from PersonaCentral explains the release is certain — provided there are no delays.

Sega Sammy’s release breakdown shows nine titles releasing in the U.S. by the end of the fiscal year — seven of which are already confirmed.

Developed by Atlus, Persona is one of the most successful franchises ever in Asian markets while also enjoying growing success in western countries as well.

The RPG will likely retail at $59.99 on both PS3 and PS4.