While our fellow gamers over in Japan (and everyone else who imported) are enjoying Persona 5, we in North America are just counting the days until it’s released. Thankfully the crew over at Atlus USA haven’t forgotten about us and have been releasing constant updates and features for us to enjoy. Speaking of new content, they’ve finally announced the voice actors that will be voicing the Persona 5 cast in the North American localization. Sadly, it looks like we’re getting a new cast of voice actors, none of the original voice actors have returned. I don’t know about you but that’s definitely going to throw me off for a bit.
“We at Atlus U.S.A. take pride in the quality and care we put into casting and dubbing for our games, and Persona 5 is no exception,” said Yu Namba, Persona 5 project lead and recording supervisor. “This is a completely new cast of characters, so we started with a blank slate in bringing life to them with our stellar cast of voice actors. It’s hard saying goodbye to the cast of previous Persona games, but we hope to bring an entirely new tone with a new set of actors for this game.”
The main Persona 5 hero cast includes:
Xander Mobus as the protagonist
Cassandra Morris as Morgana
Max Mittelman as Ryuji Sakamoto
Erika Harlacher as Ann Takamaki
Matt Mercer as Yusuke Kitagawa
Cherami Leigh as Makoto Niijima
Erica Lindbeck as Futaba Sakura
Xanthe Huynh as Haru Okumura
Robbie Daymond as Goro Akechi
That’s not all!. There seems to be a new addition to the Persona cast that we all know and love. Some character that goes by the handle of Protagonist.
We’re still reveling in the fact that we outwitted those worthless adults at the ATLUS office, so why not also unveil the protagonist of the game? The protagonist is the newest transfer student of Shujin Academy in Tokyo. He had a bad experience with corrupt authority figures in his hometown, but he’s been given a second chance to start anew. Although he lives the life of a typical Japanese high-schooler during the day (such as going to class, hanging out with friends, putting in work at the batting cage, and more), by night he’s something much more than “typical.” Don’t let his clean cut school boy uniform and stoic demeanor fool you, because this kid is the leader of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts. Codenamed “Joker,” the protagonist is a wildcard who’ll do whatever it takes to steal the hearts of adults he perceives as corrupt.
The Phantom Thieves of Hearts? What is that? Who Are they? What is this Protagonist character up to really? We’ll just have to wait until the game comes out to find out for ourselves.
Persona 5 is scheduled for a North American release date on February 14th, 2017 for the PlayStation 3 & 4. For more info on Persona 5, be sure to check out the official Persona 5 website at http://atlus.com/persona5.