A call to celebrate was announced by Atlus in the past few days. This is due to Persona 5's cumulative sales topping more than 1.5 million copies. A large-scale concert will take place at the Yokohama Arena on August 2, 2017, in honor of the series.
With an average of 94 from critics and a 9.0 from players, there was no doubt that Persona 5 was going to be another hit. The game's domestic release alone topped the Japanese Charts on its first week selling 264,793 copies for the PS4 and 72,974 copies for the PS3, as per Forbes last September 23, 2016. Seven days later, Atlus announced that the game has already shipped a total of 550,000 units and thanked the Persona 5 fans by giving away free character costumes for a limited time.
Porting Persona 5 to the international market was no easy task, the game was delayed more than once due to improvements and polishing issues. The game was supposed to have a Valentines Day launch but was pushed back to April 4 for quality purposes.
Katsura Hashino's vision for Persona 5
was to create a story of a burglar similar to the fictional character called Arsène Lupin who was also known as the gentleman thief. The whole game was modeled was modeled after a Picaresque Novel (a type of fiction dealing with the episodic adventures of a usually roguish protagonist, as defined by Merriam-Webster). The locations depicted in the game were personally scouted by the game director to make sure that their vision for Persona 5 will be executed properly.
Katsura Hashino's love for manga can be seen in the entirety of the game. The stylish gameplay, storyline, character interaction and events were skillfully crafted to create an authentic experience unique to each player.
Check out the trailer below and stay tuned for more gaming updates.
"Persona 5 Launch Trailer"
Source: PlayStation, TocoToco, Forbes