Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Shin Megami Tensei

Atlus, iam8bit team up for Persona 5 soundtrack vinyl release

Atlus and iam8bit are linking up for a vinyl release of Persona 5’s soundtrack. Two editions are currently available for pre-order, Essential and Deluxe. The Essential Edition is $100 and includes four records containing selected tracks curated by the Atlus Sound Team. The Deluxe Edition takes it up a notch with six records comprising the full soundtrack for $175, and is limited to 1,000 pressings. iam8bit will also be documenting the process, showing how the music is mixed at Infrasonic’s studios, presses are tested, and the packaging is created. The finale will feature the reveal of the artwork. The sets will ship in the fourth quarter of this year.

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(PlayStation 4 Review) Persona 5

“… delivers on every level with a rebellious, quirky cast; an engaging and unusual storyline; and a fast-paced, finely tuned combat system.”

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The Phantom Thieves prove to be a hit, Persona 5 ships 1.5+ million

Atlus has announced that the company has shipped over 1.5 million copies of Persona 5. This marks the second role-playing game, following Nier: Automata, to push over a million units. The numbers cover two console releases in this case, PlayStation 3 and 4. In honor of the global launch, a Persona live concert has been scheduled for August 2 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan.

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The Phantom Thieves are on the loose! Persona 5 out for PS3, PS4

Years of waiting (impatiently) have (finally) come to an end with the release of Persona 5. Atlus’ latest finds a group of students at Tokyo’s Shujin Academy joining together to expose the corruption around them. To do this, they must join forces as the Phantom Thieves and travel to the Metaverse to battle shadows, solve puzzles, negotiate with Personas, and change the hearts of the wicked. They can’t blow their cover, though, and must continue to go about their everyday lives. Don’t be late for class!

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Persona 5 DLC detailed in full date, price list for PS3, PS4

Atlus has sent along a complete list of the downloadable content for Persona 5. Note that not all downloads, notably themes, are compatible across the PS3 and Ps4. Highlights include Catherine-themed clothes and a set inspired by the Eastern Kingdom of Mikado from Shin Megami Tensei IV. Also note that it’s a lengthy table and kind of messy in our layout. But sometimes life’s messy, am I right?

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Atlus unboxes Persona 5 “Take Your Heart” Premium Edition

Atlus has released an unboxing video of the fancy “Take Your Heart” Premium Edition of Persona 5. The set includes a soundtrack, 4” Morgana plush, 64-page art book, Shujin Academy school bag, and a SteelBook case with themed outer box. Of course, seeing the goodies is better than reading about them. Not that I’m trying to underscore this killer post. Ahem. Video is below.

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PlayStation 4 News

PS4 version of Persona 5 to come with bonus controller skin

Atlus will be gifting a controller skin for those picking up the standard edition of Persona 5. In addition to the Take Your Heart Premium and SteelBook editions, the regular release will come with a themed DualShock 4 skin that features a couple of The Phantom Thieves. Note that only marked copies of the PS4 version will include the skin. Ann Takamaki’s voice actor Erika Harlacher was also on hand at Atlus HQ to offer a proper reveal of the bonus.

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PlayStation 4 News

Persona 5 voice actor narrates gameplay footage, freebies released

Ann Takamaki, one of the intrepid Phantom Thieves from Persona 5, is voiced by actor Erika Harlacher. In a meta-tastic promo, she plays through a segment of Persona 5 that is important to Ann. The scenario shows a bit more of the world, with snippets of attending class at Shujin Academy and battling Shadows in the Metaverse. As a bonus, a free theme and three free avatars were released featuring Yusuke Kitagawa. These are only $0.00 until March 21, though, and are only for PS4.

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Persona 5 trailer highlights the Velvet Room’s Caroline and Justine

The Velvet Room’s Twin Wardens, Caroline and Justine, are spotlighted in a new trailer for Persona 5. Unlike previous entries, the player isn’t welcome in the strange room but instead will find themselves to be a prisoner. Reforming has its rewards, though, as completing prison work will gain them access to advanced features. Initially, they are limited to registering their personas and basic fusion, but after putting in some time, they will be able to try their hand at advanced and network fusion as well as options for strengthening and training. Atlus has also collected the downloadable content that they’ve announced through social media onto a new area on the official site, here, which currently features several costume and music packs (Devil Summoner!).

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Igor and the Velvet Room return in new Persona 5 trailer, screenshots

Igor is returning with two helpers, Caroline and Justine, in a revamped Velvet Room. Persona 5’s protagonist finds himself back into the strange area whenever he falls to sleep. That means that players will be able to upgrade, create items from, or fuse their collected personas. The latter is comprised of a basic ability that creates a new persona by fusing two together and a more advanced technique that requires three or more. Personas can also be created through network fusion, which will combine the player’s with a random one grabbed from another online player. Unfortunately, fusing requires punishing the personas through hanging, imprisoning, and electrifying them. It’s not for nothing, though, as the punishments enhance them in different ways. Check the trailer out below.

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