Following the game’s western release Atlus announced that Persona 5 has shipped over 1.5 million copies worldwide. The game launched recently this week in North America and Europe, however, this game has been available in Japan since September 2016.
According to the recent figures provided by Atlus, Persona 5 is their best selling title in the long-running RPG series with Persona 4 selling 2 million copies in nine years.
Persona 5 is set out to be a huge success and the early responses have been positive as well, but its journey has not been free of hurdles.
The game was planned to debut stateside several months after its Japanese release but got delayed due to the localization process. Atlus warning regarding the streaming rules was also widely criticized for its tone.
Fans nowadays like to see their favorite games streaming on videos, more than they like playing themselves. Hence the massive increase in video gaming channels on social media.
Then Atlus threatening players that stream Persona 5 was seen as oppression, and players saw this tactic as an attack on their freedom. They were right in a sense that they are free to stream anything they like but let us not forget the company also has a valid reason for doing so.
The publisher only wanted to save players from spoilers and did not want them to know the whole story. They thought if the story of Persona 5 gets out completely, then players will not be interested in buying the game they have worked so hard to make.
But they were harsh in their tone and ended up disappointing many fans, they should have been more polite, but seems like they did not want the sale of Persona 5 to go down.
Persona 5 is expected to be a great success and it deserves it completely, for once persona was seen as a niche JRPG but its reliable quality has generated a healthy fanbase worldwide.