Forthcoming RPG Persona 5 has been delayed yet again, and is now due to launch in the West on 4 April 2017 – a further two-month delay. There was some good news for fans of the series, however, as developer Atlus announced that the PS4 and PS3 versions of the game are to have dual audio options at launch.

The bad news was confirmed on Sony's PlayStation Blog, which didn't even attempt to sugar-coat it. "I know, I know. It stings. It stings a lot," wrote Atlus's John Hardin. "But Persona 5 became a huge hit with its launch in Japan, and Atlus is putting the utmost care into ensuring it winds up the best when it releases in the West.

"And – and this is a very special 'and' – we have some exceedingly good news for you in light of this delay: Persona 5 will have dual audio for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4."

Dual audio means that the game would be available to play with both English subtitles over the original Japanese voiceover, and with the new English dub. Players would be able to switch between the two options if they wish.

In the post, Hardlin also showed off the finalised artwork for Persona 5's Take Your Heart premium edition, which includes a collector's box, a bag, steel book for the game and a copy of the game's soundtrack.

Persona 5 is a Japanese RPG in which players assume the role of a high school student living out a year in attendance at a school in Tokyo. It gets weird, too. Each student has a 'persona' – a manifestation of their inner self – which they must use to battle dark forces wreaking havoc at their school and in their city.

It's not been a good year for Sony platform exclusives. Uncharted 4, No Man's Sky, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Gran Turismo Sport and The Last Guardian have all been delayed at some point this year.

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