ATLUS is known for producing high quality JRPGs however the studio has had many of its games somewhat limited by their release structures, either being exclusive to certain consoles, or seeing a staggered global release. For the studio’s future games, publisher SEGA is hoping to change the way it releases games.
In a recent interview with Famitsu (and as translated by DeepL), the vice president of SEGA revealed that “Ryu ga Gotoku 7 [Yakuza: Like a Dragon] was the most successful in the series because it was released on multiple platforms with no gap in between.”
When asked whether they are “aiming for the Persona series to be released simultaneously worldwide?” they responded claiming that “Simultaneous worldwide release on multiple platforms will be a tailwind for titles. Of course we'll make adjustments for each title, but we'd like to be aware of global expansion for Atlus titles as well.”
Even when making considerations for potential translation errors, it is clear that the success which franchises such as Yakuza have seen from going multi-platform is causing the publisher to rethink its previously tried and tested release strategy.
While most of the studio’s biggest franchises are split between different platforms, the multi-platform release of games such as Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster does seem to suggest that they are slowly working towards this future. It will be interesting to see what the plan is for Persona 6.
KitGuru says: What do you think of staggered releases? Should SEGA end the practice? Do you think Persona 6 will be PlayStation exclusive? Let us know down below.