Although Persona 5 gets a release in Japan this year, the North American version of the game won't arrive in stores until 2017.
The official release date for Persona 5 in the western world is now February 2017. That's nearly five months after its launch in Japan, but that release will also include a premium edition of the game exclusive to the PlayStation 4.
The "Take Your Heart" premium edition will include a 64-page hardcover art book, a 4-inch plushie of talking cat Morgana and a soundtrack CD. Those who purchase this special collection will also get a steelbook case, a full-size Shujin Academy bag and a big special box to house all those items. This special edition retails for $89.99.
Players only wanting the steelbook case can get that through a PlayStation 4 game preorder for $59.99. There is also a standard PS3 version of the game that retails for $49.99.
Game developer Atlus also recently revealed that those interested in the game will see a lot more at this year's E3. Fans can ask questions of character designer Shigenori Soejima, as well as get autographs. Atlus also plans on having other events available at the conference to give fans a better look at the game. E3 attendees will also have access to limited-edition Persona 5 bags, as well as hats featuring Morgana.
In May, Atlus released a Japanese gameplay trailer highlighting some of the characters fans will see in Persona 5.
Persona 5 follows a Tokyo high school student recently put on probation for assaulting a stalker. But he has special powers, along with other students: these teenagers form a vigilante group to investigate a supernatural presence that wants to steal adults' malevolent thoughts.
"In previous Persona games, the stories revolved around pretty traditional heroes going after villains that most anyone one would be loath to associate themselves with; they pursued the bad guys for the sake of justice, essentially," director Katsura Hashino said to Famitsu (as translated by Gematsu). "This time around, though, the protagonists of Persona 5 themselves are on the run for doing what they think is right after something happens completely out of the blue."
Persona 5 releases in Japan on Sept. 15 and in North America on Feb. 14, 2017.