No one predicted that Joker from Persona 5 would be the first downloadable character to be revealed for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at The Game Awards. I was taken aback and everyone I know was floored by the reveal. So, with that reveal, we only thought that in time, a port of Atlus’s hit Persona 5, would be imminent, right?
As it turns out, there’s more fuel added to that fire. Atlus updated one of its domains for the latest game in the series, leading to speculation and giving fans reason to believe that a port would soon be announced.
According to Persona Central, the domain “P5R.JP” was first noticed back in April 2017 and yesterday that domain was updated and moved from its current landing page to the same place Atlus stores their named servers – this means that likely they are moving a website to that domain. As of this writing, the website was given an IP address but that address returns a 403 Forbidden status, usually when the administrators move it to private and are working on something.
Other games from Atlus which followed a similar pattern before officially being unveiled include Persona Q2, Catherine: Full Body, and Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight & Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight.
We will report back if any news ends up coming out of this but at this point, I’m extremely hopeful this true and we see the Phantom Thieves on Nintendo Switch!
EDIT – Seems like Atlus went ahead and confirmed that Persona 5 R is real and will be revealed in March 2019. Somehow, they dodged the question of whether this was coming to the Nintendo Switch.