The Persona series may not be the most mainstream series out there, but despite that the series has still managed to amass a loyal following. The series also seems to be getting better and better with each new release, with Persona 4 (and its Golden Vita port) being referred to as some of the best RPGs on the market. Persona 5 is just around the corner and is sure to boost the series’ popularity even further, but we’re getting some new numbers regarding where the series is at now in terms of sales and they’re pretty impressive.
SEGA has now released their latest financial reports, and in them it is revealed that the series has now sold 6.9 million units worldwide. This is compared to Atlus’ Megami Tensei and Etrian Odyssey series, which have now sold 7.2 million units and 1.5 million units worldwide, respectively. This puts the Persona sales numbers into perspective and makes them even more impressive, as the Megami Tensei series has been around for 10 years longer than Persona.
Elsewhere in the financial report we see more of the sales numbers for SEGA’s in-house IPs, and Sonic is of course the leader of the pack with approximately 350 million units sold worldwide. That series will hopefully have a rebirth next year, with the 2D Sonic Mania and the still-untitled 3D Sonic game both set to get the series back on track in 2017.
Persona 5 recently saw another delay in its release, being bumped from a February 14th, 2017 release to an April 4th, 2017 release. Atlus said that “the Japanese release of Persona 5 smashed all our expectations, and as a company, we decided that we owed our fans the very best effort to make Persona 5 our gold standard in localization. Practically, this means redoubling our QA and localization efforts, even returning to the studio to record previously unvoiced lines. We don’t want to rush this game. And in this case, it meant we needed to move the release back for the last time.”
The game will allow you the option to pick either English or Japanese audio, which is a move that hardcore fans of the series have greatly appreciated. You can check out the game’s English voice cast by clicking right here.