A couple of years ago, Atlus revealed Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, which would bring the cast of the well-received Persona 5 to the dungeon-crawling Persona Q spinoff series. However, a western release was only just recently confirmed by the company, though the announcement has left some fans disappointed.
While not explicitly stated in the Persona Q2 announcement trailer, it's since come to light that the game will not have an English dub. Instead the audio track will have Japanese voice acting with English subtitles, and this decision has proven controversial for a couple of reasons. For one, the original Persona Q had an English dub, and secondly, some Persona games released in the west without the option for Japanese voice acting at all. This means that there are many Persona fans outside of Japan who have never heard the Japanese voice acting, and may understandably prefer the characters to sound like they did in the main games.
Anyone who can get over the lack of an English dub in Persona Q2 will have a couple of different versions to choose from. A standard "launch" edition will retail for $39.99, and comes with the game as well as buttons featuring the likeness of various characters from Persona 3, 4, and 5. The Showtime Premium Edition costs $69.99, and comes with a Koromaru plush, an art book, a deck of playing cards, a set of buttons (presumably the same set that comes with the launch edition), and a collectible box. Both versions of the game will be available on June 4, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.
Persona Q2's 3DS exclusivity is something else that may disappointment some fans. There were rumors that the game could get a Nintendo Switch port after the Australian government leaked it and labeled it as a "multiplatform" game. However, despite the 3DS clearly being on the way out, it seems Atlus is deciding to go for its larger install base over the Switch when it comes to Persona Q2.
Of course, it would have taken additional resources to port Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth from the 3DS to the Nintendo Switch, so perhaps that's why Atlus decided to keep it on the 3DS. A lack of financial resources could also explain why there's no English dub, as Persona Q2 is a somewhat niche product that Atlus may be worried won't sell quite as well as the main series Persona games, and is therefore more reluctant to splurge on an English voice cast.
That's just speculation, though. At the time of this writing, Atlus has not given an explanation as to why it's decided to forgo an English dub, but perhaps it will explain itself eventually. In the meantime, fans can still look forward to playing through the Phantom Thieves' latest adventure when it releases this coming June.
Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth launches on June 4, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS.