You've got 'til May 5 to figure out what Persona 5's counting down to


Investigation Team Go!

It's been a while since we last heard from Persona 5, following the  delay in the game's release date from late last year to sometime this year. Atlus seemed content to know that most folks who cared knew what Persona was and why it would be a big deal, leaving the hype machine to quietly rev in the background. 

It's revving just a bit louder now, thanks to a mysterious countdown timer on the game's official site. At the time of this writing, it's got about 312 hours left on it, putting the approximate date of the reveal somewhere around May 5th. Above the timer is a fancy mask in a fancier top hat, followed by the words "Take Your Heart".

The "Take Your Heart" likely refers to whatever supernatural crisis is bedeviling the people of Tokyo, and the characters in the latest trailer for the game refer to people "having their hearts stolen" by some mysterious actor. The mask, of course, seems to be the key accessory for Persona 5's cast, this particular mask belonging to the protagonist. The top hat appears to refer to the protagonist's first Persona, called Arsene, after Arsene Lupin, the classic gentleman thief.

Chris over at Destructoid suspects the timer is leading to the announcement of a solid release date, and I'm not inclined to disagree. With the game sitting on a "summer" window, a firm date is that's all that's missing from the hype cocktail at this point. A May reveal for a planned late summer/early autumn selling date would be perfect timing to kick off a full-bore marketing push.

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