Persona 5
"Persona 5" is an RPG developed by Atlus, which has already been released in Japan. Facebook/Persona 5

Following the recent Western release of “Persona 5” last April, the game has been met with positive reviews and enthusiastic feedback from critics and fans alike. Despite it being a month since its availability to shores outside of Japan, the buzz around Atlus’ latest title has yet to die down. In fact, the game has only made its way around circles even more with the recent announcement of its soundtrack coming out on vinyl.

Teaming up with iam8bit, Atlus will be bringing the game’s soundtrack to the vinyl format. The vinyl soundtrack will have two editions: The Essential Edition ($132), which will have a track listing curated by the Atlus Sound team, and the Deluxe Edition ($232), which will feature the game’s complete soundtrack. The Essential Edition will also include the most popular tracks from the game’s soundtrack; both editions will feature premium packaging as top-quality box sets.

This is quite an impressive approach to market the Atlus title’s music. Regardless, the “Persona” series has always been applauded for its soundtrack, so with the rise of vinyl records in the mainstream, now would seem like the ideal time to approach this format as part of the game’s promotion.

For the uninitiated, the game — often referred to as “P5” — is chronologically the sixth instalment in the “Persona” game series. It diverges from previous entries in that the game is set in Tokyo, whereas other “Persona” games — such as “Persona 3” and “Persona 4,” — were set in small, sleepy towns. “P5” features popular locations found in Tokyo such as Shibuya and Shinjuku. It follows its silent protagonist and his friends as they juggle their lives as students with their alternate egos as the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. The Phantom Thieves target the corrupted hearts of adults with their respective Persona, and it is this detail that makes up the dungeon crawling aspect of the game.

Previously, it was reported that Atlus was already working on spinoff titles for “P5.” According to Persona Central, new domain registrations were made with website names that hinted at connections to the “P5” title. The aforementioned registrations included domain names such as “P5U” and “P5D.” Taking into consideration Atlus’ history with spinoff titles for “Persona 4,” it is suggested that “P5U” and “P5D” may refer to a possible “Persona 5 Ultimax” (similar to “Persona 4 Arena,” which was referred to in Japan as “Ultimax”) and “Persona 5: Dancing All Night” (similar to the rhythm game “Persona 4: Dancing All Night”), respectively.