Are you okay with waiting two more months for Persona 5 and getting dual audio?

How many of you will use it?

I’ve talked about dual audio many times before in Dtoid, but this is a perfect opportunity to have a larger discussion about it, given Persona 5‘s delay. Yes, it’s no longer coming on Valentine’s day in February in the west — instead, it’s been moved to April, and will come with dual English and Japanese vocal tracks.

That’s a big thing for a lot of people. Some of you out there won’t even play a game unless it has Japanese audio. Now, that’s a little extreme for me. I grew up with anime and watching both dubs and subs, back when the former industry was just budding, and had growing pains, so I get it. Having the original cast that essentially satisfies the creator’s intentions can be key to enjoying a show more, and some projects simply have a night and day difference.

But the gap has lessened in recent years, and now, a lot of producers work closely with the English cast to the point where in several cases, the dubs are actually better. I wouldn’t necessarily say that’s the case for Persona (or most JRPGs), but I’m more than willing to give something a shot if it only has one voice track — including if it’s the opposite case of not having a dub, like the recent BlazBlue entry.

I play so many games that I actually like delays. For example take mid-February — I’d still be playing Nioh and would want to start Berserk and the Band of the Hawk, Nier: Automata, and Horizon Zero Dawn by the time Persona 5 was out. More releases will come, but for now Persona is just sitting basically by itself in April.

About The Author
Chris Carter
EIC, Reviews Director - Chris has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step in January of 2009 blogging on the site. Now, he's staff!
More Stories by Chris Carter