Bloodborne, the action-RPG in development at Dark Souls studio From Software, will release across Japan on February 5.
The release date, announced during a Sony press conference in Japan on Monday, suggests that the PlayStation 4 game could ship at a similar time across the US and UK.
However, Sony has yet to announce a Bloodborne release date outside of Japan, and it’s unclear whether work on localizing the game will impact its western launch date.
Bloodborne was first announced in June at E3 after being leaked under the name Project Beast. The dark and gothic action game, which bears a resemblance to From Software’s critically acclaimed Dark Souls and Demon’s Souls series, is currently a PlayStation 4 exclusive.
Persona 5, the next edition in Atlus' cult RPG series, is being developed for both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.
Now due to ship next year, Persona 5 was initially conceived as a PS3 game and was targeted for release by the end of 2014. However, developers at the Tokyo-based Atlus are working on a separate PS4 version, which could be responsible for the project's delay.
The Persona series has become a key asset for Sony since the mid-nineties, with Atlus developing numerous editions on PS1, PS2, PS3 and handhelds. Though many Persona games are critically acclaimed, the PS2 title Persona 4 is widely considered as the flagship edition in the series, and was expanded with various spin-offs such as Persona 4 Arena and a PS Vita edition.
It's not clear whether Persona 5 will ship on Xbox One or Xbox 360. Gamespot has contacted Atlus for clarification.