Golden Week officially begins this coming Sunday – but we’re starting the festivities early here at PlayStation Store. In celebration of Japan’s national holidays, we’re kicking off two weeks of savings on titles inspired by the Land of the Rising Sun.
You and I aren’t the only ones looking forward to settling in over the next several days and sinking some serious time into just some of the spectacular games that have released over the past 12 months. So to are the developers behind those hits. Which brings us to this list. We asked a selection of creators who have released games over 2017 to reveal what games have hooked them during downtime between work commitments this year.
And also, fair warning: spoilers ahead.
Can’t say I’m surprised this month! The long-awaited Persona 5 rocked the PlayStation 4 charts with a stellar debut last month, followed by long-standing fan favorite Grand Theft Auto V and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. That hot new Rocket League x Fate of the Furious DLC shot to the top of the PS4 add-ons list, while newcomer Mortal Blitz debuted at #1 for PlayStation VR.
As a developer, I’m very happy to hear that Persona 5 is being played by so many people overseas. To be honest, it’s really hard to gauge its popularity in the West when our team’s in Japan; we’re not able to see everyone’s comments and discussions. It’d be great to interact with the fans abroad, but sadly, I’m stuck in the development room slurping instant ramen (laugh). Persona 5 is a very “Japanese” story with some political aspects to it, so I couldn’t imagine how Western players would react to it. I did know, however, that Persona 5 was highly anticipated by gamers overseas even back when we were developing the game, so I was curious to see how its story would be received.
Hi, everyone! Since I first joined the company as a translator in 1999, I’ve been involved with the localization of all the Persona titles and their spin-offs, including Persona 5 — which is out today!
When asked to write about the localization of P5, I thought about my methodology and whether things have changed as I devoted myself to bringing Japanese games to the Western audience for the last 18 years, and I realized: my goal has always been to deliver games in the most authentic and enjoyable form possible.
Brace yourselves: Persona 5 is now launching on April 4, 2017.
I know, I know. It stings. But Persona 5 set the gold standard for Atlus with its launch in Japan, and we wanted to put the utmost care into ensuring it winds up the best when it launches in the west. And — and this is a very special “and” — we have some exceedingly good news for you in light of this delay:
Persona 5 will have dual audio. For PS4 and PS3.
Take a deep breath. Ok. Ready? Persona 5 has a release date in the Americas. The Phantom Thieves are coming to take your heart on Feb. 14, 2017. Exhale.
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