Persona 5: Royal Has Broken Street Date In Australia [Update: JB Follows Suit]

Persona 5: Royal wasn’t supposed to be released until March 31 in Western territories, but EB Games and JB Hi-Fi have turned around and done everyone a solid by launching the game today.

EB Games announced on Twitter that they’re selling the game physically and online today, in a turn of events. It’s not clear at the time of writing what’s going on – there’s always a possibility EB Games aren’t sure if they’ll be able to continue selling in a week, given how much the COVID-19 situation changes from day to day. Update: JB Hi-Fi are selling Persona 5: Royal ahead of its launch date too, even with the March 31 release date all over the listing.

I reached out to the local distributors for Persona 5: Royal, Five Star Games, for an explanation, and they said they’d get back to me with a statement as soon as possible. (I’ll update this story as soon as that’s available.)

The company hasn’t said anything publicly about the advanced release date though: their last Persona tweet was a retweet from PlayStation Australia, which was reinforcing the March 31 release date. Media even received a release in the last hour reconfirming that the game wouldn’t be out until next week.

“A new Persona 5 Royal Accolades Trailer is out to prepare you for next week’s launch,” the release says.

Still, if you want Persona 5: Royal early, or you haven’t played Persona 5 at all, now’s the perfect time. It’s a big game. A game with a lot of heart. And it’s hella long. Get it today and you might finish it before Final Fantasy 7 Remake drops on Good Friday.


It does make you wonder though: with Resident Evil 3 launching super early in France, and now this, is breaking street date going to be a thing again?

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