Atlus company announced that the world sales of the role-playing game Persona 5 for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 reached two million copies. In Japan, the project was released on September 15, 2016, and the world release took place on April 4, 2017.
JRPG was very well received by critics, and has since been nominated in four categories at The Game Awards 2017, which will be held in Los Angeles on December 7: “Game of the Year”, “Best Artistic Direction,” “Best Soundtrack / Music” and “The best role-playing game.”
Today it is already difficult to find data on sales of the entire series Persona, but Atlus reports that since the very first game, released more than two decades ago, the company sold 8.9 million copies worldwide.
“It was an incredible year for our company, which represents ambitious Japanese games in the West,” said Naoto Hiraoka, president and CEO of Atlus U.S.A. “We are at the center of rapid growth, both in the West and abroad, and the sales of Persona 5 represent a new level of expectations for the fans of the genre. Despite the fact that this is a niche product, Persona 5 is one of the most important projects of this year, which proves that interest in this category is expanding. We look forward to next year to give our fans even more incredible games. ”
Persona 5 is a game about internal and external conflicts of a group of young people who live a double life. Ordinary Tokyo high school students attend classes and extra-curricular activities, go for work-offs, but also go to fantastic adventures, using otherworldly forces to enter the hearts of people. Their power comes from Persona (the Jungian concept of personality). The heroes of the game understand that society makes people wear masks to protect themselves. To help the needy, a group of schoolchildren literally rips off their masks, awakening inner strength. Phantom Thieves – so called the main characters – are striving to make the world better by changing the hearts of people.
Persona 5 went on sale in the Americas and Europe on December 4, 2017 for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Its average rating on OpenCritic is 94 points out of 100. Ivan Byshonkov in our review put the game 9/10: “Atlus has never got close to ideal. Persona 5 – a powerful classic jRPG, affecting complex topics, and can easily take away from you one hundred and more hours. In company with “Phantom thieves” time will fly by unnoticed “.