As if folks in the West didn’t need enough temptations for Persona 5 coming out, according to a report by Atlus that celebrated 550,000 Persona 5 sales over the course of three days. Persona 5 came out in September in Japan, and will be coming out in the West on February 14 alongside other games.
The Persona series recently entered the world’s public eye with the release of its last two games, Persona 3 and Persona 4, both of which won universal acclaim for their stories. They are the reason that Persona games are now their own spinoff series rather than a subset of the Shin Megami Tensei games, and focus around you, a requisite “normal high school student” that must juggle going out with friends, your schoolwork, and secretly going off to fight evil creatures known as Shadows born from the evil intentions of humanity.
These Persona 5 sales are the best sales that Atlus has ever gotten since the company was founded over 30 years ago. These sales numbers come from both versions of the game currently available, the Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 versions.
So far, it seems that the Playstation 4 is getting the lion’s share of these Persona 5 sales, which is justified as the Playstation 3 is an old console, and the game likely looks a lot better and has a better framerate on the Playstation 4.
Atlus will likely be even more pleased when the game finally releases in the West next year, especially considering that Persona 4 was what made the series truly popular over there. With Atlus keeping the Persona train rolling by releasing other games such as Persona 4: Arena, Persona 4: Dancing All Night, and Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, it’s likely that the series will enjoy just as much, if not more, success in the West.
However, all of us Persona fans still have a while to wait until the game comes out in the West, so just sit tight, everyone. The wait’s almost over.