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I’m totally cool with the Persona 5 delay, thanks to Japanese audio

by Joey Davidson | November 17, 2016November 17, 2016 12:30 pm PDT

Persona 5 has been delayed. Again. If you didn’t see the news already, it’s not so bad. The game will sell on April 4, 2017, instead of February 14. The almost two-month delay is irksome, absolutely, but the benefit that comes from it is great in my mind.

Why the delay? It comes down to localization, QA and even getting performers back into the studio to record more lines. Atlus and Sega think (perhaps know) that Persona 5 is certainly going to be one of the biggest JRPGs of 2017 for the western world, so they’re trying to nail it.

Good for them. I’m still bummed out about the delay, no matter how many times people remind me of the Miyamoto quote about a bad game being forever bad while a delayed game might be good. I know, I know, I get it. I was bummed.

Until I read about the free addition Atlus announced to offset the bad news. It totally worked.

Persona 5 will have dual audio in the west

What does that mean? It means I’ll be able to pick between English voice over and Japanese voice over with English subtitles. My nerdery is showing, but I grew up with anime. I still watch anime from time to time. I absolutely cherish Japanese audio with English subtitles.

I studied Japanese, I can still speak some Japanese and I prefer the Japanese voice work over what’s typically done by western performance. No offense to their efforts, because some of them are really good. As soon as Atlus stated that Persona 5 would only feature localized audio in the west, I was sort of saddened. This news, though?

Consider that delay softened.

The English voice acting for Persona is normally really good. I honestly would have had no problem playing through Persona 5 with English VO. I just know that I, personally, prefer the Japanese voice work.

We so often have to chastise companies for their decisions to remove consumer choice. This is the opposite of that. That Atlus will give us gamers a choice at launch to download the Japanese voice acting for free with Persona 5 is outstanding. Kudos, Atlus. Delay the game for quality and offer a feature diehards like me want.

Consider me one happy gamer.


Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...

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