If there’s any one thing that the Persona franchise should be most recognized for, it’s the amazing soundtracks that accompany each and every entry into the series. So when Atlus today announced that they would be partnering with iam8bit to release the Persona 5 soundtrack on vinyl later this year, let’s just say there was a very large squeal. There’s going to be two versions available for purchase, with pre-orders going live today at 10:00 AM (PDT).
The ‘Essential Edition’ will include 4 vinyl records that will contain curated songs from Persona 5, and will be priced at $100. The ‘Deluxe Edition’ will include the entire Persona 5 soundtrack spread out over 6 vinyl records, priced at $175 with only 1,000 being pressed. The vinyl packaging is set to include exclusive album cover art which has yet to be revealed. On top of this, iam8bit will be documenting the entire process via videos, photos and interviews. This is set to include:
- Mastering – They’ll visit their favorite mastering studio, Infrasonic, and chronicle how music is mixed for the retro technology that is vinyl.
- Test Presses – They’ll show you what it’s like to create lacquers & test presses, which serve as the benchmark for the vinyl’s audio quality.
- Vinyl Production – They’ll hang with their friends from Noiseland at their factory in France, capturing the analog magic of melting “wax” and stamping records. It’s pretty crazy to see because some of these machines are nearly 100 years old!
- Packaging – They’ll reveal just how much work goes into creating a unique packaging experience from design to printing to assembly.
- Artwork – They’ll reveal the “Mystery Album Art,” the result of an intimate collaboration between iam8bit, ATLUS, SEGA, and a to-be-announced, top-secret artist.
Set to ship Q4 2017, pre-orders will be available from 10:00AM PDT via iam8bit’s official website, here.