Without question, Persona 5's delay is a disappointment, but ATLUS' decision to give the game the needs is one that should be applauded.
I'm always for giving studios more time to polish up a game rather than rushing it out the door to meet publisher expectations. As long as it doesn't start entering Duke Nukem Forever/ Last Gaurdian territory, it's all good!
I hear you. We definitely see way too many unfinished games roll out these days. I'd much rather wait for something fantastic than be disappointed by a game that was forced out to meet a deadline.
its not a delay. Its localization. Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE released in 2015 in Japan but wont be released in NA until later this month. It is not a delay: it is localization so to even have this conversation is idiotic because we are discussing something that doesn't exist.
The game's still coming out this year in Japan, so the delay has nothing to do with polishing it. The delay is probably due to the lack of a publisher that is capable of doing translation and a world wide release with Japan.
ATLUS releases 50+ hour games on a fequency very few other publishers do, and their localizations are some of the best around. That said, I don't understand what leads you to believe ATLUS USA isn't up to the task.
Polish what? The game went from 2015 to 2016 to now 2017...how much polish is needed for two years? It would be nice if they actually did let people know why the delay.
Its not a delay its localization. I point your attention to their last release Tokyo Mirage Sessions. Decent localizations do take time. It is fair to say that Final Fantasy 15 would already be out in Japan if not for the worldwide localization they did first. Square went the ATLUS route with Star Ocean 5, and Dragon Quest Heros.
Fair enough and believable. I actually do remember them saying that because supposedly this game won't have an English subtitle with Japanese voices option. Still, imo, a very long time to wait for localization. Edit: "Evangelion 3.33" Lol! I hear ya on that one.
"Still, imo, a very long time to wait for localization." Well not really. I totally get where you are coming from but #FE is almost at 7 months and if you really want to see some long times check out Evangelion 3.33 I mean THAT right there was well over a year. No polish as visuals are done, but the original Japanese team wasn't satisfied with the work done on the original English localization attempt and it had to be scrapped and redone.
@EonJay - Where have you been? It's a delay and ATLUS' PR lead has even addressed it as such. Hell, numerous press releases landed in my inbox last September announcing the planned 2016 release for both Japan and North America.
I'm actually surprised that people weren't aware of this "delay" when the japan release dates came through. I mean every Persona releases in US, 5 months after it releases in Japan. Europe would be 10 months.
Especially in this case where they need more time to localize. I'm all for not repeating the problems of the first wave of Japanese games with VO that saw western release
I think 2017 will be the last delay. I can wait another couple of months.
I think so too. I think the worst part is going to be trying to avoid spoilers. I feel like I'll need to go radio silent so I don't ruin the experience.
It's probably the fact that Sega pretty much owns them now. They are notorious for delays, horrible localization and bad management. Edit: Truth hurts Sega fanboys. Sega used to be a great corporation making great consoles and good games. Now, they just slowy ruining Atlus ever since they acquired it.
They delayed the Japanese version? Dang it I wanted to play it this year.
People need to settle down about all video game delays. I would wager that 0% of all game delay announcements have been affected by community outcry. "Oh wait, people aren't happy that they have to wait xx days/months longer, let's go back to our original release date!" Or better yet.. they SHOULD just release it on their original date in a special "Impatient edition" release that doesn't receive any updates.. then when they see WHY the game was delayed in the first place, maybe they'll all STFU about future delays.
Honestly, some people are pretending to be upset because it's a PS exclusive. Tons of games are being delayed, these same folks were not angry when The Witcher 3 was delayed.
I understand developers need more time, and I to would rather have a great game than good game; however, I understand the frustration from fans, since I am one of those fans. Bear in mind this game was first announced in 2013 and scheduled for release in late 2014. Then it was delayed to 2015, then to 2016, and now to 2017 in the US. I think this is probably where the annoyance is stemming from. It has been quite some time since the initial reveal
This is the game I want to play the most but I don't want Atlus or any dev to release their games until they're happy with them.
I don't want to deal with wait either, but I mean at least we don't have to worry about it not selling well in the US. Why wouldn't it sell well in the US you ask? It would have more than likely dropped fall this year, which would have pitted Persona 5 against Final Fantasy XV, and people have been waiting for over a literal ten years to play FFXV. This year is also pretty crowded for game releases, so it makes sense for them to launch it in February, so it doesn't have a lot of competition and can capitalize on a quarter that is known for being dead. After all, we do still have SMT IV: Apocalypse coming out mid September.
Yes, delay. Last September when ATLUS announced the game would be slipping out of the holiday 2015 release window it was announced that P5 would instead be released in 2016 in both Japan and the west, while no specific date was given. This was mentioned in numerous press releases issued by the publisher.
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