Persona 5's delay in the west might have been serendipitous. As it turns out, with early March being dominated by two high-profile releases that have lived up to the hype in the incredible Horizon: Zero Dawn and the equally impressive Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, there was every chance that Persona 5's previous mid-February release would have been overshadowed quickly. Instead, Atlus will be releasing Persona 5 on April 4, and in the meantime the game has been getting a number of exciting trailers, including one released just today.
The video, which is a sizzle trailer that mostly showcases some of the game's English-dubbed cinematics, focuses heavily on some of the game's main characters. It also features a few looks at combat, however, and the incredibly gorgeous in-game menus that have fans everywhere talking about Persona 5's art direction.
Sprinkled in amongst these looks at Persona 5 is also a glimpse into the title's mini-game offerings, which range from personal workouts, a batting cage, and even a video game - even if the latter does just appear to be a fun shell for mashing buttons really fast. It's a welcome look at a side of the game that wasn't showcased in the Persona 5 Velvet Room trailer, and the localization of the title's character voices and menus appears to be impeccable.
With less than a month to go before Persona 5 finally comes to the west, it will be interesting to see how the game, which has been praised as a beautiful and dark look at Japanese culture, will be received by those who aren't as in tune with that region. For what it's worth, the game has done tremendously well in Japan, and has been equally well-received by North American and European outlets that have had hands-on sessions with the localized version of Persona 5.
It's rare for a delay to help a game make an impact upon its eventual release, but the Persona 5 delay could do just that. The game is a dramatic departure from the themes and presentation of Horizon: Zero Dawn and Breath of the Wild, as well as the next big game release prior to Persona 5 in Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Regardless, the trailer for Persona 5 makes an excellent case for why the game should be included on the wishlists of RPG fans everywhere, and given its reception so far, its release could make the months of February, March, and April in 2017 a historic three-month span in gaming history.
Persona 5 will release on April 4, 2017 for PS4 and PS3.