With the surprise announcement of Joker for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Persona fans are once again buzzing with excitement, and they might have even more reasons to get psyched coming very soon. Earlier this week, the folks over at Persona Central discovered a new development with one of the Persona related domain names registered by Atlus back in 2017. The domain in question, “P5R.jp,” was updated on December 25 and moved from an outside host’s name servers to Atlus’ own name servers.
According to Persona Central, this is significant because of a certain pattern they’ve observed regarding the timing of Atlus’ game announcements. It seems that once Atlus moves a project’s name servers to their own internal servers, the game tends to be announced sometime within the next two weeks. Examples of this include Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight/Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight, and Catherine: Full Body, with the former game being announced five days later and the latter’s announcement coming eight days after its website’s name severs were moved. In the case of “Persona 5 R,” rumor has it that it’ll be announced during a special airing of Persona 5: The Animation in Japan on December 30.
As for what “Persona 5 R” could be, the prevailing rumor is that it’s going to be an enhanced version of Persona 5. As evidence, Persona Central points to a survey sent out to fans by Atlus in 2017 asking them to indicate what they’d like to see in terms of future Persona releases; one of those choices read: “‘Persona 5 with added scenarios and elements.” It also helps that both Persona 3 and Persona 4 got the enhancement treatment, resulting int Persona 3 FES and Persona 4 Golden respectively. Still, Atlus has yet to confirm any of this, so it remains mere rumor and speculation for the time-being.
In the meantime, Persona 5 is still available and is already an exceptional game. Check out our review to see why if you haven’t already played it.