Persona 5 will be removed from the PlayStation Plus Collection this May, Sony recently confirmed in a blog post. However, players who added the game before its removal will still be able to access it granted they have an active PS Plus subscription.
Persona 5, the critically acclaimed JRPG by Atlus, will be removed from the PS5-exclusive PS Plus Collection library on 11 May 2022. If you haven’t downloaded the game yet, you’ll still be able to until the removal date, where it will stay in your library and be accessible if you have a PS Plus subscription.
The PlayStation Plus Collection was introduced during the launch of the PS5 and remains exclusive to Sony’s current generation console. It features a handful of first-party PS4 titles including third-party games like Monster Hunter World, Final Fantasy XV and Fallout 4, among others.
Sony didn’t offer a reason as to why they’re removing Persona 5, but we imagine it could be a licensing issue. PlayStation has not announced any plans to expand the PS Plus Collection, but this might be overshadowed by the arrival of the rebranded PS Plus tiered subscription service being implemented in June.
The revamped subscription service will introduce three PS Plus tiers while merging the regular Plus offerings with PlayStation Now. It also includes over 400 PS4 and PS5 games in its second Extra tier, and over 340 games from the PS1, PS2, PSP and PS3 (via streaming only) libraries in its third Premium tier.
Meanwhile, Atlus has expanded the Persona 5 universe with the introduction of Persona 5 Royal, which includes additional story content in a definitive edition, and Persona 5 Strikers, a Musou-styled action game that takes place after the events of the base game.
Persona 5 is currently available to purchase exclusively on PS4. Make sure you download it via the PS Plus Collection if you haven’t done so already.
Source: PlayStation Blog