Atlus has announced that following the game's western release, Persona 5 has shipped over 1.5 million units worldwide. The game launched in North America and Europe this week, but it's been available in Japan since September 2016.
According to figures from VGChartz, Persona 4 and its Golden re-release have amassed just short of 2 million copies sold over the course of almost nine years. As a result, Persona 5 is well poised to be the bestselling title in the longrunning RPG series if its momentum can hold over the coming weeks and months.
Persona 5 looks set to be an enormous success, and early critical responses have been very positive, but its road to release hasn't been the smoothest. The game was already set to debut stateside several months after its Japanese release, but complications during the localization process ended up causing an even greater delay.
This week, Atlus alienated many fans with its heavy-handed announcement regarding streaming rules for the new game. It seems that the publisher only intended to protect players from spoilers, but its warning to streamers has been widely criticized for its tone.
Still, Persona 5 looks set to be a sales juggernaut, and deservedly so. The series was once thought to be one of the more niche JPRGs out there, but its reliably high quality seems to have garnered a healthy fanbase all around the world.
Persona 5 is available now for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.