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Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers Announced for Switch and PlayStation 4

0910""After weeks of speculation, Atlus announced a new Persona 5 spin-off coming to PlayStation 4 and Switch. Developed by Koei Tecmo in conjunction with Atlus, Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers is a hack-and-slash action RPG, much in the vein of the Warriors franchise. It may not be the Persona game we were hoping for, but it looks interesting enough to hopefully make fans happy anyway.


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Persona 5 The Royal Launches on October 31st in Japan, 2020 Elsewhere

persona5theroyalahhhhhAfter months of waiting and slow news drips, Atlus finally dropped the mother lode of Persona 5 The Royal information a few minutes ago. The reveal came at the end of the first day of the (excellent) Persona Super Live 2019 concert in Tokyo. Persona 5 The Royal was officially named one month ago during a brief trailer in which we caught our first look at a new female character. Until today, we were still mostly in the dark about what the game would actually contain.

As Persona 4 Golden did before it, Persona 5 The Royal is going to be an enhanced version on the original, adding in new characters, new areas, and a new part of the school year. The first new character is one we’ve seen before, though we haven’t gotten any information on her until now. Kasumi Yoshizawa is a new student at Shujin Academy and excels as a gymnast. She seems to be driven by her own goals and will eventually join the Phantom Thieves in pursuit of them. Another new character is Takuto Moruki, a school counselor brought in to help students deal with the aftermath of early events in the game. While not playable, Takuto acts as one of the game’s confidants, filling the new role of “The Consultant.” The trailer also teased a human Morgana, making him even more like Persona 4’s Teddie.

0910""In addition to these characters, Atlus is bringing some other new content to Persona 5 The Royal. Notably, there are new places you can visit, such as DARTSLIVE3, where you can hang out with your friends, and Kichijoji, which is supposed to represent Tokyo. The game’s already incredible UI is getting an update, and new menuing features are being added to make checking your status even easier than before. There’s even a new opening and ending theme!

As if I’m not already going ballistic over this reveal, Atlus is dropping even more Persona news tomorrow. Persona Super Live 2019 is a two-day event, the second part of which will be held tomorrow at 6:00 AM EST. During this performance, information will be released regarding Persona 5 S. If you’re up early enough, you can catch the concert either on Niconico or on the official Persona Twitter account. Niconico premium members can tune in starting at 6:00 AM, while everyone else can watch beginning at 6:30 AM. If you’re looking for more news on Persona 5 The Royal, however, you’ll have to wait a little bit. The next bit of information will come out on May 9th. At least it’s not a whole month this time!

Between Persona 5 The Royal and Persona 5 S, I’m ready for the Phantom Thieves to take my heart (and my money)! Persona 5 The Royal launches on PlayStation 4 (with PlayStation 4 Pro support) in Japan on October 31st, while those in North America and Europe will have to hold out until 2020.

Source:, MysticDistance

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Persona 5’s Joker Steals the Show in Smash Bros. Ultimate Tomorrow

The Phantom Thieves of Hearts’ calling card has been sent, and the long-anticipated Treasure finally materializes! Within a day’s time, Joker from Persona 5 will touch down in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as Challenger #1 from the Fighters’ Pass DLC, four months after his show-stopping reveal at The Game Awards 2018. Joker won’t be coming alone, bringing the whole crew of Phantom Thieves along for the ride and a stage based on the Palace born from everyone’s hearts — Mementos!

From the above manifesto, Joker makes full use of his handgun, dagger, and tripwire with the expected panache of a phantom thief. He can summon his main Persona Arsene to amplify his attacks and grant himself counters, as well as a better recovery. His Final Smash calls on his cohorts to assist him in unleashing their trademark All Out Attack, complete with the familiar black and red end card!

Within Mementos, you’ll need to keep an eye on the subway trains as well as intruding borders in order to survive. That said, while this iteration of the collective conscience is pulled right from Persona 5, its appearance can change based on the music being played! That’s right, even Persona 3 and Persona 4 are getting some love with the new stage, with new music and new Mii Fighter Costumes based on their protagonists, Morgana, as well as the returning Tails and Knuckles costumes from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U (new costumes sold separately).

Not only that, Ultimate is also getting the hefty Version 3.0 update that brings with it a few surprises, in the forms of Stage Builder, video editing, and the long-awaited Smash World feature that takes full advantage of the Nintendo Switch Online mobile app. Ready yourselves for April 17 — tomorrow — as we have never seen all of this coming!

Sadly, the reveal video didn’t provide any insight on who Challenger #2 might be, but E3 is right around the corner…

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Best Buy Lists Persona 5, Metroid Prime Trilogy, and A Link to the Past for Switch

For months now, we’ve been hearing rumors that Persona 5 and Metroid Prime Trilogy are coming to Nintendo Switch, but Nintendo has confirmed neither. However, Best Buy may have just let the cat out of the bag. Although they are not yet listed on the official website, both games now appear in Best Buy’s database. More surprisingly, so does The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Persona 5 makes sense on Switch, given Joker’s inclusion in Smash, and Game Informer Imran Khan has claimed in the past that Metroid Prime Trilogy is complete and ready to launch, but Nintendo delayed their initial release plans after rebooting Metroid Prime 4‘s development. It makes sense that A Link to the Past and other SNES games will eventually come to Switch via some sort of Virtual Console replacement or expansion of Nintendo Switch Online’s library, but why is it listed as a retail launch at Best Buy?

If you’re wondering if this is somehow a mistake and the listing is meant to say Link’s Awakening, that doesn’t appear to be the case. The remake of Link’s Awakening was already listed in Best Buy’s system, so this is a new entry altogether.

Source: Reddit, Wario 64 (1, 2)

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Best Buy May Have Leaked Joker’s Render for Smash Bros. Ultimate

The first new playable character coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate via the Fighters Pass DLC is set to arrive any day now. Ren Amamiya of Persona 5, better known by his Phantom Thieves of Hearts alias “Joker,” infiltrated the theatre hosting The Game Awards last year with the show-stopping reveal that he would debut in Ultimate as Challenger #1 of the season pass. Now it looks like that long-awaited time might be right around the corner.

Straight from electronics retailer Best Buy, their weekly flyer for March 31 to April 6 came with an ad for the Fighters Pass, featuring a never-before-seen render of the illustrious Joker himself, featured below.

We have yet to see the new fighter in action aside from a backshot tease from the February Nintendo Direct. We do know that Version 3.0 is being touted as the ”
ULTIMATE Spring Update,” with new content being added; it stands to reason that this update will tie in with Joker’s addition. And if the weekly ad is any indication, this update is coming really soon. Whether it will follow a possible Smash Bros. Direct for a more in-depth look prior to its release is yet to be seen.

Aside from this render leak — assuming it’s real — Nintendo has been tight-lipped about the future of
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, though dataminers have looked into the game’s files and have discovered some interesting tidbits. It has been uncovered which stage pulled from Persona 5 will likely be released with Joker, as well as the possible return of Homerun Contest and Stage Builder as extra game modes. One thing’s for certain: Joker is bringing a ton of goodies with him once he starts stealing the show in Smash, and hopefully that occasion will come with an early look at the Fighters Pass Challenger #2.

In related news, last week’s premiere of the
Persona 5: The Animation OVA “Stars and Ours” ended with a tease of a possible definitive edition of Joker’s home game, titled Persona 5: The Royal. More information on the PlayStation 4 title, which features a new character, is expected to drop following the Persona Live Concert on April 24.

Source: Best Buy

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Persona 5 R Revealed as Persona 5: The Royal

Persona fans have been itching for more news on the upcoming Persona 5 R title for a few months now. Despite this thirst for information, Atlus keeps insisting on a slow drip of information and teases which do little more than give us more mystery and yet another date to look forward to. Such was the case yesterday, where, following the new Persona 5 OVA “Stars and Ours,” a new trailer for the game was released. While this short video did give us a title, a look at a new character, and a little hint at the upcoming conflict, it ultimately raised far more questions than answers.

The trailer opens on a city square, one rainy night. Standing in the midst of a crowd, a mysterious girl looks onward at a screen bearing the Phantom Thieves’ logo. She’s wearing the Shujin Academy uniform — the same school that the protagonist and a few of his comrades attend. Responding to a voice asking her “What do you think of the Phantom Thieves?” she replies, “I think helping people is a wonderful thing, but if I had to say, I don’t like them. I don’t think the Phantom Thieves’ methods will make the world a better place or help anyone. In the end, I feel like you can only solve that yourself.”

This trailer is revealed to be for the newly titled Persona 5 The Royal. Aside from the name and the look at the new character, not much else is known. Presumably, The Royal will be a definitive edition of the original game, much in the vein of Persona 4 The Golden, with the additional content focusing on this new character. I’ve seen some talk that she might even be playable, but I personally think this is unlikely, given the translation of her speech. The game’s website also lists it as being an RPG launching for the PlayStation 4, giving a bit more credence to this theory.

In any case, it’s clear that there’s still a lot we don’t know about Persona 5 The Royal. In keeping with their actions thus far, Atlus has promised that more information will be revealed on April 24th at the Persona Super Live concert. What do you think about what we’ve seen so far?

Source: Gematsu

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Smash Data Miners Have Likely Discovered the Next DLC Stage

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch has by far the biggest lineup of fighters and stages in Smash history, but Nintendo isn’t stopping there. At least six DLC characters (including the recently-released Piranha Plant) are planned, and five will come with their own stages. The next DLC fighter to drop is Persona 5‘s Joker, and based on some code discovered by data miners, we have a pretty good idea what his stage will be.

After digging around in the game’s code, data miner Dr. HyperCake has discovered the phrase “Jack_Menentoes_” in association with stage name strings. “Jack” was the code name for Joker discovered in the data weeks back, which makes it likely that this is referring to the Persona 5 stage Mementos, also known as the Prison of Sloth or the Prison of Regression.

Obviously, this does not constitute an official announcement, and it’s possible that a code name could be intended to hide the truth, but thus far data miners have been fairly spot-on with predicting upcoming content based on the code. We’ll just have to see how this one plays out when Joker launches, which should happen by the end of April.

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Joker is Coming to Super Smash Bros. by the End of April

We’ve been eagerly awaiting any update on the status of Joker’s inclusion in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster since he was announced last December. In today’s Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that Joker will be joining the already humongous roster by the end of April. Joker is available individually as part of the Challenger Pack 1 or as part of the Fighters Pass, which unlocks the next five downloadable fighters.

In addition, Nintendo also announced the version 3.0 update for Ultimate, though no further details were given on what this entails.

Source: Nintendo Direct

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Rumor: Persona 5 is Coming to Switch

Last night at The Game Awards, Nintendo shocked all of us with the surprise reveal of Joker from Persona 5 as a DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. No one saw it coming, mostly because Persona 5 isn’t even available on a Nintendo platform, but that could be changing. According to the latest buzz on the internet, Joker’s Smash inclusion is a sign of things to come.

This info comes via Mystic Distance, a translator and writer for Persona Central. In a series of tweets, he indicated that the currently PlayStation-exclusive RPG is on its way to Switch with a new title, which is speculated to be Persona 5 Reloaded. Mystic Distance expects that the official announcement will likely drop next April during Persona Super Live 2019, possibly accompanied by the launch of Joker in Smash.

As usual, we’d like to remind you that this rumor is not officially confirmed by Nintendo or Atlus. That said… it just makes sense. Hopefully, we can expect an announcement in the near future.

Source: Mystic Distance

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Persona 5’s Joker is Coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Nintendo just dropped a MAJOR Super Smash Bros. Ultimate bombshell at tonight’s The Game Awards and I literally cannot stop the tears of happiness. In what is possibly the best crossover ever, the main character of Persona 5, Joker, is coming to take your heart in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the first confirmed DLC fighter in the Challenger Pack 1.

Since the DLC is coming with new stages and music, it’s never been a better time to be a Persona and Smash fan. I was going to hold off on the fighter pack for a bit, but with this news, I’m getting it right now!

Source: The Game Awards

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Check Out These Flashy Screenshots and the Tracklists for the New Persona Dancing Spinoffs

After the numerous spinoff titles that were spawned from Persona 4, many fans were expecting the same treatment for Persona 5. These expectations became reality when Atlus announced Persona Q2, which will use the cast of Persona 5, and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night, a rhythm game similar to 2015’s Dancing All Night. On top of this, the company surprisingly announced Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night, which will coincide with the release of Dancing Star Night.

Both dancing titles are set to release in Japan on May 24th, so promotion for the games is ramping up. A batch of brand new screenshots and a tracklist for both games has been revealed. Both titles retain the flashy and upbeat feeling from
Dancing All Night, and the characters also have their own unique costumes to unlock. You can check out the new images and complete song list below!

Persona 5: Dancing Star Night Tracklist

  • Rivers In the Desert
  • Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There (Jazztronik Remix)
  • Keeper of Lust
  • Blooming Villain (ATLUS Konishi Remix)
  • Hoshi to Bokura to (tofubeats Remix)
  • Tokyo Daylight (ATLUS Kozuka Remix)
  • Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There
  • Rivers In the Desert (Mito Remix)
  • Blooming Villain
  • Life Goes On
  • Price
  • The Whims of Fate (Yukihiro Fukutomi Remix)
  • Beneath the Mask (KAIEN Remix)
  • Will Power (Shacho Remix)
  • Last Surprise (Taku Takahashi Remix)
  • The Days When My Mother Was There (ATLUS Kitajoh Remix)
  • Life Will Change (ATLUS Meguro Remix)
  • Jaldabaoth~Our Beginning
  • Last Surprise
  • Life Will Change
  • One Nightbreak
  • Rivers In the Desert (PERSONA SUPER LIVE P-SOUND BOMB !!!! 2017)
  • Hoshi to Bokura to
  • Last Surprise (Jazztronik Remix)

Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night Tracklist

  • Mass Destruction
  • Brand New Days (Yuyoyuppe Remix)
  • When The Moon’s Reaching Out Stars (Hideki Naganuma Remix)
  • Want To Be Close (ATOLS Remix)
  • Deep Mentality (Lotus Juice Remix)
  • Deep Breath Deep Breath (Yuu Miyake Remix)
  • Soul Phrase
  • Light the Fire Up in the Night”KAGEJIKAN”+”MAYONAKA”
  • Burn My Dread (Novoiski REMIX)
  • When The Moon’s Reaching Out Stars
  • Time (ATLUS Kitajoh Remix)
  • Wiping All Out (ATLUS Kozuka Remix)
  • A Way of Life (ATLUS Kitajoh Remix)
  • Heartful Cry (ATLUS Konishi Remix)
  • Light the Fire Up in the Night “KAGEJIKAN”+”MAYONAKA”(sasakure.UK Remix)
  • Mass Destruction (Tetsuya Kobayashi Remix)
  • The Poem for Everyone’s Souls (t.komine REMIX)
  • Burn My Dread
  • The Battle for Everyone’s Souls (Daisuke Asakura Remix)
  • Memories of You (ATLUS Meguro Remix)
  • Our Moment
  • Moonlight Serendipity
  • Laser Beam (PERSONA SUPER LIVE P-SOUND BOMB!!!! 2017)
  • Burn My Dread -Last Battle-
  • Brand New Days

Source: 4Gamer (via PersonaCentral)

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Wins Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2017

Many Nintendo fans have been predicting it since the highly praised game came out earlier this year, but Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild just won the 2017 Game of the Year Award. This marks Nintendo’s first Game of the Year award since the The Game Awards started in 2014. Eiji Aonuma took to the stage to thank the fans and the entire development team. He also promised to take the energy from winning this award and use it to continue making Zelda games in the future.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was in contention with Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, Super Mario Odyssey, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

Many other games and people won other awards tonight, including Breath of the Wild. The awards are as follows:

  • Trending gamer: Guy Beahm (Dr. Disrespect)
  • Best Score in Music: Nier: Automata
  • Best Mobile Game: Monument Valley 2
  • Best VR/AR Game: Resident Evil VII
  • Best Handheld Game: Metroid: Samus Returns
  • Best Narrative: What Remains of Edith Finch?
  • Best Action Game: Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Best Art Direction: Cuphead
  • Industry Icon Award: Carol Shaw
  • Best RPG: Persona 5
  • Best Strategy Game: Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
  • Most Anticipated Game: The Last of Us Part II
  • Best Family Game: Super Mario Odyssey
  • Best eSports Team: Cloud9
  • Best eSports Game: Overwatch
  • Best Indie Game: Cuphead
  • Best Ongoing Game: Overwatch
  • Best eSports Player: Faker
  • Best Student Game: Level Squared
  • Games for Impact: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Best Audio Design: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Best Performance: Melina Juergens as Senua (Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice)
  • Best Fighting Game: Injustice 2
  • Best Game Direction: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Best Action-Adventure Game: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  • Best Sports/Racing Game: Forza Motorsport 7
  • Chinese Fan Game Award: jx3 HD

What did you guys think of The Game Awards? Did your favorite games win this year? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Source: The Game Awards 2017

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Check Out the Nominees for The Game Awards 2017

The Game Awards will be airing on December 7th this year, and the nominees have all been officially announced. There are many different categories this year, such as Best Performance, Best Student Game, Best Chinese Game, and many more. But most people watching the show will be looking at one award in particular: Game of the Year. The contenders for this biggest category include Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

The entire list of nominees can be read below:

Game of the Year

Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Odyssey

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Persona 5

Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Game Direction

Wolfenstein II
Resident Evil 7

Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Super Mario Odyssey

Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Narrative

What Remains of Edith Finch
NieR: Automata

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Wolfenstein II

Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Art Direction

Destiny 2

Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Persona 5

Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Score / Music

Destiny 2

NieR: Automata

Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Super Mario Odyssey

Persona 5

Best Audio Design

Destiny 2
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Resident Evil 7

Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Super Mario Odyssey

Best Performance

Melina Juergens, Hellblade
Laura Bailey, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Claudia Black, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Brian Bloom, Wolfenstein II

Ashly Burch, Horizon Zero Dawn

Games for Impact

Please Knock on my Door
Night in the Woods

Life is Strange: Before the Storm

Bury Me, My Love

What Remains of Edith Finch

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Best Ongoing Game

Rainbow Six: Siege


Grand Theft Auto Online

Destiny 2

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

Best Mobile Game

Super Mario Run
Old Man’s Journey

Monument Valley 2

Hidden Folks

Fire Emblem Heroes

Best Handheld Game

Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World
Monster Hunter Stories

Metroid: Samus Returns

Fire Emblem Echoes

Ever Oasis

Best VR / AR Game

Superhot VR
Star Trek: Bridge Crew

Lone Echo / Echo Arena


Resident Evil 7

Best Action Game


Destiny 2


Wolfenstein II

Best Action / Adventure Game

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
Assassin’s Creed: Origins

Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Super Mario Odyssey

Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Role Playing Game

South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Final Fantasy XV

Divinity: Original Sin 2

NieR: Automata

Persona 5

Best Fighting Game

Tekken 7
Nidhogg 2

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

Injustice 2


Best Family Game

Splatoon 2
Sonic Mania

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Super Mario Odyssey

Best Strategy Game

XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
Tooth and Tail

Total War: Warhammer II

Halo Wars 2

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Best Sports / Racing Game

Project Cars 2
Pro Evoltuion Soccer 2018

NBA 2K18

GT Sport

Forza Motorsport 7


Best Multiplayer

Call of Duty: World War II

Splatoon 2

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Destiny 2

PlayerUnknown’s Battleground

Most Anticipated Game

The Last of Us Part II
Red Dead Redemption II

Monster Hunte World

Marvel’s Spider-Man

God of War

Best Independent Game

Night in the Woods


What Remains of Deith Finch

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Best Student Game

Level Squared


Falling Sky


From Light

Trending Gamer

Steven Spohn
Mike Grzesiek

Guy Beahm

Clint Lexa

Andrea Rene

Best eSports Game

Rocket League
League of Legends


Counter-Strike: Global-Offensive


Best eSports Player

Kuro “KuroKy” Salhei Takhasomi
Je-hong “ryujehong” Ryu

Nikola “NiKo” Kovac

Marcelo “coldzera” David

Lee sang-hyeok “Faker”

Best eSports Team

Team Liquid
SK Telecom 1


FaZe Clan

Cloud 9

Best Debut Indie Game

Slime Rancher
Mr. Shifty

Hollow Knight

Golf Story


Best Chinese Game

Monument Valley 2
jx3 HD



King of Glory

You can vote for your favorite games on the
official website. Which games do you want to see win? Which games did you not expect to see as nominees? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Source: The Game Awards

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Atlus Has Registered Multiple Domains that Could Hint at Persona 5 Spinoffs

The Persona franchise has done very well for itself over the years, garnering a huge fanbase and great sales in spite of the massive amount of time between entries. Nine years passed between the releases of Persona 4 and 5, but the P Studio team managed to keep their series in the public’s eye, in no small part because of several well-received Persona 4 spinoff titles, such as the Persona 4 Arena Ultimax fighter game or the rhythm title Persona 4: Dancing All Night. Well, get ready, Persona fans, because if a group of recently-discovered domain names are any indication, Persona 5 may very well be getting that same treatment.

Spotted by the keen eye of Twitter user
Mystic Distance, domains were recently registered by Atlus for and, which matches up with abbreviations used in Japan for Persona 4‘s spinoffs—namely, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is often referred to as “P4U,” while Dancing All Night is usually shortened to “P4D.” The possibility exists that new Arena and Dancing games featuring the Persona 5 cast could be in the planning or production stages at Atlus, and while this certainly doesn’t confirm anything, it’s enough to get plenty of fans excited.

Those aren’t the only domains Atlus grabbed hold of, either—other registrations include,,,,, and Of course, as stated earlier, none of this confirms any of these potential games are actually in production; it’s entirely possible that Atlus just wanted to grab up these URL to ensure no one else could take them, or to prepare for titles in the distant future. Even so, I’m sure many gamers are holding out hope that we’ll be seeing
Persona 5 spinoffs sometime soon.

Would you be excited to get new games featuring the Phantom Thieves? Or do you think these are in reference to something completely different? Let us know below!

Source: Mystic Distance (via Polygon)

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Atlus is Abusing Its Power With Their Persona 5 Streaming Guidelines

Two days ago, the highly anticipated
Persona 5 launched in the West. While this was cause for great celebration for Atlus fans, the company also ticked a lot of people off with its policy about streaming the JRPG. This policy, which can be found in its entirety here, basically boils down to “Be careful not to spoil the game for people. If you do, we may try to shut down your channel.” As the makers of the game, Atlus has a right to make suggestions on how to best experience it, but outright threatening to take down accounts is an abuse of power.

To give Atlus some credit,
Persona 5 is a very story-driven game. You don’t play for the combat or the dungeon crawling; you play for the character development and plot. Thus, it makes sense that Atlus would want to protect this critical component. But the way they’re going about this is so restrictive that they can’t really enforce it without some major backlash.

From a creator’s perspective, YouTubers and livestreamers have become a huge part of the industry and continue to have a big impact. These personalities can draw in views not only from fans, but from people who might not otherwise know what the game is. Some people may even want to experience the story without the hassle of gameplay.

While they might be doing it with the best of intentions, Atlus is limiting creators’ ability to produce their content, some of whom do this as a full-time gig. If streamers follow these guidelines, Atlus is killing the possibility of making Let’s Plays or other video content around
Persona 5. And yet, not following these guidelines could result in a channel suspension, which could literally mean the loss of the sole means of income for some of these people.

This is affecting more than just content creators though—it’s affecting consumers as well. As part of enacting this policy, Atlus has disabled the PlayStation 4’s native ability to share footage. This includes taking in-game screenshots (a feature I’d make heavy use of) and even screenshots of the trophies. Of course, there are ways to get around this. There are various capture cards for videos and even cell phone cameras for screenshots. But we shouldn’t be required to resort to these methods to get around some arbitrary, overbearing policies. With Atlus dictating what streamers can and can’t show off, they’re essentially mandating what we can and can’t see. These policies are saying that we as a gaming community aren’t responsible enough to keep a game spoiler-free for ourselves. It’s a huge slap in the face.

A game developer’s job isn’t to police the Internet for spoilers. They make games, we play them. It falls on us as consumers to ultimately choose how we want to play the game and how much information we want going into it. If you as a gamer are purposefully going out and searching for footage of the game, you should expect there to be spoilers. For those of us who want to go in with a clean slate, you can simply avoid streams. We’ve been doing it since September, 2016, when the game launched in Japan. What makes now any different?

As much as I love them, Atlus has really ticked me off with this policy. And while it won’t stop me from sinking hundreds of hours into
Persona 5 over the next few months, it bothers me that I won’t be able to document my playthroughs with ease.

I understand the desire to protect your art, but this is not the way to do it, Atlus.

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Atlus is Threatening Streamers Who Broadcast Too Much of Persona 5

Today is the day I’ve been waiting for all year—the day Persona 5 finally releases in the West! This is no doubt one of the biggest releases this year, and many people are eager to jump right into it. This means that Let’s Plays and streams galore are bound to be posted in the near future. Unfortunately for these content creators, Atlus has posted a set of guidelines for showing off the game’s content, along with the threat of having this content taken down if these guidelines are broken.

In a note to streamers posted earlier today, Atlus said that due to the nature of Persona 5‘s singular story playthrough, streamers need to be careful not to show off any major story spoilers. Videos that feature broader, more general content, such as dungeons or combat, are okay, but things like showing most of the bosses and major character development scenes are off the table. Videos also need to be limited to 90 minutes each and should “feature dungeon crawling/spending time in Tokyo.”

All content sharing must be done through external means as well, as Atlus has completely disabled the PlayStation 4’s native sharing features. This includes the capture of screenshots and video alike. Atlus also warns that no content after the in-game July 7th should be shown by anyone. Doing so runs the risk of being issued a content ID claim or worse yet, a channel suspension.

You can find Atlus’ full message to streamers in the source below. What do you make of Atlus’ decision to limit sharing of Persona 5? Do you think they’ve overstepped any boundaries in threatening users with channel takedowns if they break these policies? Let us know what you think below!

Source: Atlus

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Check Out This New English Gameplay Trailer for Persona 5

Persona fans were disappointed earlier today when they received the unfortunate news that Persona 5 would be delayed yet again. This time, the game will be releasing on April 4th. However, Atlus has treated us to a brand new gameplay trailer to tide us over until the title’s release. Fans of the series may instantly recognize that the iconic character Igor has a much deeper voice. I will warn that I’ve heard there is a meaning for this in the story, so don’t go to Google just yet for answers!

You can check out the new gameplay trailer above! Are you excited for
Persona 5? Do you like the English dub for the game? Let us know in the comments below!

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Persona 5 Has Been Delayed to April 4, 2017

For the past couple of months, Persona fans have been patiently waiting for February 14th to come around. ATLUS had been slowly releasing videos with new details about Persona 5‘s story as well as information about the English voice actors to tide people over. Unfortunately, Persona fans will have to wait a bit longer. Earlier today, ATLUS announced that they had to push back the release of Persona 5 to April 4, 2017. ATLUS USA President Naoto Hiraoka explains that the delay was to ensure the English release of Persona 5reaches the same bar set by the Japanese release.”

It wasn’t all bad news, as ATLUS revealed that the Japanese audio for Persona 5 will be a free download when the game launches on April 4th. To tide fans over, ATLUS also provided a Persona 5 theme that you can download for PS4. The theme will only be available until the end of November 17th.

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PlayStation 4 Sales Surge in Japan Thanks to Persona 5

The weekly software and hardware sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and it was a good one for Sony. After PlayStation 4 sales plummeted to their lowest point ever last week, Persona 5 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 dominated the charts (taking the top four spots between their PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions) and gave Sony’s console an enormous boost. After selling just 560 units last week, PlayStation 4 racked up 96,433 sales this week.

Outside of
Persona 5 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2017, it was an underwhelming week for software. No other new titles were able to sell even 10,000 units, and BioShock: The Collection sold just 5,544 at launch. As such, many older titles (including Minecraft, Splatoon, Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf) charted this week. You can check out the full breakdown below.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PS4] Persona 5 (Atlus, 09/15/16) – 264,793 (New)
  2. [PS3] Persona 5 (Atlus, 09/15/16) – 72,794 (New)
  3. [PS4] Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (Konami, 09/15/16) – 66,037 (New)
  4. [PS3] Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 (Konami, 09/15/16) – 34,502 (New)
  5. [3DS] Yo-kai Watch 3: Sushi / Tempura (Level-5, 07/16/16) – 19,726 (1,224,376)
  6. [3DS] Dragon Ball Fusions (Bandai Namco, 08/04/16) – 7,220 (159,638)
  7. [Wii U] Minecraft: Wii U Edition (Mojang, 06/23/16) – 7,168 (121,795)
  8. [3DS] Chou Sentouchuu: Kyuukyoku no Shinobu to Battle Player Choujou Kessen (Bandai Namco, 09/15/16) – 5,782 (New)
  9. [3DS] Puzzle & Dragons X: Kami no Shou / Ryuu no Shou (GungHo Online Entertainment, 07/28/16) – 5,782 (174,953)
  10. [PS4] BioShock: The Collection (2K Games, 09/15/16) – 5,544 (New)
  11. [3DS] Kirby: Planet Robobot (Nintendo, 04/29/16) – 5,387 (433,736)
  12. [PSV] Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (SIE, 03/19/15) – 4,986 (874,366)
  13. [3DS] Pokemon Omega Ruby / Alpha Sapphire (Pokemon, 11/21/14) – 5,082 (2,889,923)
  14. [PS4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game of the Year Edition (Spike Chunsoft, 09/01/16) – 4,188 (21,911)
  15. [PS4] Grand Theft Auto V (Low Price Version) (10/08/15) – 4,180 (160,600)
  16. [PS4] Tales of Berseria (Bandai Namco, 08/18/16) – 3,745 (218,119)
  17. [PS4] Tokyo Xanadu eX+ (Falcom, 09/12/16) – 3,712 (18,870)
  18. [Wii U] Splatoon (Nintendo, 05/28/15) – 3,396 (1,468,812)
  19. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf (Happy Price Selection) (Nintendo, 03/17/16) – 2,908 (93,181)
  20. [3DS] Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games (Nintendo, 02/18/16) – 2,722 (238,675)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. PlayStation 4 – 96,433 (560)
  2. 2DS – 18,754 (NA)
  3. New 3DS LL – 15,808 (17,122)
  4. PlayStation Vita – 12,931 (10,280)
  5. New 3DS – 3,047 (3,184)
  6. Wii U – 2,703 (3,527)
  7. PlayStation 3 – 1,099 (1,143)
  8. 3DS – 425 (412)
  9. Xbox One – 156 (232)
  10. 3DS LL – 106 (113)

Source: 4Gamer (via Gematsu)

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Persona 5’s Japanese Website Has Been Updated With 7 Different Countdown Timers

Last time Atlus used a countdown timer on their official website for Persona 5, they released a new trailer that provided tons of new details for the game. Now the company has added seven new countdowns to the website, all counting down to different times on July 19th. This might indicate that Atlus will be revealing more footage from the game soon.

Since the game releases in Japan on September 15th, it’s no surprise that Atlus may want to show off more of the game in the next couple of months. While the company is being secretive about the details of these countdowns, an ad spotted on Niconico mentions a “Preliminary Investigation File.” We’ll make sure to provide updates here at Gamnesia as soon as we learn more.

Persona 5 releases in North America on February 14th, 2017 for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

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