Atlus and Deep Silver can celebrate the recent Persona 5 success as the game entered the charts at number one recently. The UK site Chart Track shows that for the week ending April 8th, Persona 5 hit the top spot in its first week, surpassing the likes of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Lego Worlds, GTA, and Mass Effect: Andromeda.
The Persona series had never really seen success over here to begin with; the third game in the series was the first mainline Persona game that people in Europe and the UK were able to get hold of. Persona 4 followed soon after, and eventually ports of the original two games were released on the PlayStation Portable. At the time, Persona 3 was something that enjoyed a positive word-of-mouth reception but it wasn’t until the later games that the series popularity truly took off around the world.
Persona 5 success – worth the wait?
The Persona 5 success must come as a relief for a game that’s been in development for so long; noises were being made about the game’s existence in the late 00s and early 10s, and the game suffered several delays with both the Japanese and western releases. Earlier games have since seen countless amounts of merchandise produced – soundtracks, art books, special edition extras – and it’s safe to assume that more of that will follow now that Persona 5 is released.
As for the game itself? Well, you might have to wait a little longer for some extended opinions to end up on this site – games in the Persona series aren’t exactly known for their brevity – but all signs point to it being another enjoyable and imaginative high school adventure. Whilst we’re so used to the CODs and FIFAs dominating charts, it’s good to know that the likes of Persona, Zelda and Nier are also enjoying commercial success.