Persona 5 Worldwide Shipments Top A Whopping 2.2 Million

We never saw it coming. That's a lie, we totally did. 

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Persona 5 continues to perform exceedingly well, which should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. According to Atlus parent company Sega's latest financial results, the game has in fact topped more than two million units shipped worldwide. That's a lot of hearts being stolen around the globe.

Persona 5 first launched on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in April 2017, and it had already reached two million shipments in November 2017. Persona 5 was chosen as our Best PlayStation 4 Game of 2017 as well, which is very high praise.

As the first current-gen Persona game on PlayStation 4, it managed to single-handedly revitalize the genre with its engaging combination of dating sim and the familiar elements of Persona games past. It's one of the greatest Persona titles to date, yes, even better than Persona 4.

The Persona series has set itself apart from its JRPG brethren with it's hip, modern styling, and Persona 5 takes this to a new level. The interface has the same straightforward selections and informational styling as previous titles, but this time around Atlus has leveraged the power of the PlayStation 4 to make the entire affair much more dynamic feeling. It's all that and a bag of chips, as the kids say. They don't say that? They say it's "on fleek?" My bad. It's on fleek. 

Here's hoping Persona 6 gets a swift release, because there's only so much waiting fans can take for a new iteration. They're awesome games, guys. No wonder they sell so well.

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    May 14, 2018 2:25 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Persona 5 Worldwide Shipments Top A Whopping 2.2 Million

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      May 14, 2018 4:04 PM

      YAAAAAAAS

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      May 14, 2018 4:32 PM

      Atlus, just imagine what this series could do on the PC*cough*cough*

      I did read somewhere that Atlus was thinking of doing this at some point, but likely starting with something like P3.

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        May 14, 2018 4:39 PM

        Is there a big market for PC JRPGs?

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          May 14, 2018 4:42 PM

          In Japan there is. Other than that, there's the Tales series, which has been consistently ported to American PC's but I have no idea if that series is doing big numbers.

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            May 14, 2018 4:47 PM

            Right but I thought the PC market in Asia is pretty small, mostly mobile and console

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              May 15, 2018 5:38 AM

              PC market in South Korea is huge because they don't like importing Japanese electronics.

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        May 14, 2018 4:45 PM

        I'm imagining...50k units...

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          May 15, 2018 5:41 AM

          Beat Saber, the early access VR game, just did that in it's first week.

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          May 15, 2018 5:54 AM

          Ps4 did not do that well in japan. I think any 3ds persona game would outperform it. It would have done really well on the siwtch.
          I hope they re-release it on the switch or pc, I don't want to play it on the ps4.

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          May 15, 2018 6:13 AM

          Nier killed it on PC. The market for weird Japanese RPGs is there.

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        May 15, 2018 5:36 AM

        Yo ATLUS imagine how much higher that number would be if you released your game in late 2016 like the original plan instead of 2017 where it had to compete against H:ZD and the best Zelda ever and Nier Automata...

        Sigh... AAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH

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          May 15, 2018 5:59 AM

          Small team and they had to build their own tools/engine. Next iteration will come faster and hopefully the p5 golden thing will come to switch/pc (they made some remarks when they interfered with the ps3 emulator and their fan polls floated the possibility of a switch release). As rpgs they tend to sell over a long period of time, they will make good money.

          The game also doesn’t really compete with either of those games, my friend played all 3 of those and wouldn’t touch persona with a ten foot pole. Its just not the same target audience (even if there is overlap), even nier is an outlier in that lineup.

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            May 15, 2018 6:22 AM

            First off, because our wallets have only so much money and because a day has only so many hours, ALL games on some level compete with each other. Especially the good ones.

            Second, no, they're not going to "iterate faster" because the a-team there is on a tick-tock cadence: Make a Persona game, make something new, repeat. They made Persona 4, then Catherine, then Persona 5, and now they're working on a new high-fantasy thing that will hopefully once and for all put Final Fantasy in the dirt. I am 110% okay with this because I don't want them churning out Persona games every year and have it turn into Assassin's Creed or CoD. But what it does mean is that when Persona 6 comes out, we will be a few years into the PS FIVE'S lifespan.

            Lastly, and this is getting a bit tin-hat here, but I think localization didn't start in earnest until after the game was finished in Japan, which is probably why it took so long for the US version to come out. What I am hoping is that from now on P-Studio handles/trusts localization during development so that there isn't such a huge lag time between Japanese and US releases.

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              May 15, 2018 6:49 AM

              Lol no. Not "ALL" games compete witch each other, no matter how good a game in any given genre might be, especially as niche as the weirdass japanese ones, it doesn’t compete with a AAA zelda. There is an overlap but dude is not going out to buy arma3 because I liked cod. When I said iterate faster I meant any product be it golden or a remaster of p4 or whatever else they are cooking up now that they have their tools set. If they are doing ps5 persona I'm ok with that but I wopuld not be surprised if they would release it on the switch along with the shin megami tensei series.

              As for the localization, the game was full of japanese politics in jokes and allusions, the game was squarely targeting the japanese market, so yeah I'm with you on that, or at least it wouldn’t surprise me.

              Given that the game sold much better in the west than in actual japan that is not going to happen again. Japanese devs are wising up to the fact that the world is a big place and that even halfassed pc ports can make moneyhats and outperform their isle.

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      May 14, 2018 4:44 PM

      i'll unf this for wikus van der merwe in case he hasn't already

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      May 15, 2018 5:48 AM

      It's one of the greatest Persona titles to date, yes, even better than Persona 4.

      Finally! Someone around here who gets it! Britanny dropping some Truth bombs!

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      May 15, 2018 6:04 AM

      P3 was still the best. (P3P specifically)