An unfortunate announcement on a recent Atlus stream revealed that they’ve had Persona 5 delayed again, pushing it back from February 14 of next year to April 4. Atlus has yet to say exactly why the game has been delayed for the umpteenth time, but hopefully they’re doing it for a good reason.
Even if they didn’t have a good reason, it was likely a smart business decision to begin with. February 14, and that part of the year in general, are going to be very busy for a lot of gamers, with various games like Ubisoft’s For Honor, Team Ninja’s Nioh, Berserk and the Band of the Hawk, Halo Wars 2, Nier: Automata, and Horizon: Zero Dawn all coming out in the same month.
April is a much lighter month in terms of anticipated, high-profile releases, with only Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 being scheduled to release that month, also on April 4. So it’s apparently less of a problem of something wrong with the game (considering it’s already been released in Japan and just needs to be translated and dubbed for Western release there’s probably nothing happening) and more Atlus just having Persona 5 delayed because they want to be sure the game doesn’t bomb in the West.
Atlus does have something to cheer some people up, though; apparently, the game will now have dual audio when it releases in the West, which means that you’ll be able to play it either in Japanese with English subtitles, or play it in English. This will be a free update, so you don’t have to pay money for it, either.
Hopefully, if you’re a Persona fan like me, you’ll be able to last through yet more months of the game not coming out. Just, please, Atlus. Don’t do it again.