In nearly three decades, the Persona series has gone from modest success to a breakout hit. While the series began as a spin-off of the Shin Megami Tensei series, it’s since then gone on to eclipse the flagship and become a wildly popular series across consoles. Today, Atlus released the company’s latest financial earnings ending March 2021, revealing some impressive numbers.
Since launching in 1996, the Persona series has gone on to sell 15 million units (including digital sales). The last time we saw sales numbers from Atlus was in March 2020, where the series held steady at 13.1 million units sold. Not too shabby, right?
The enhanced Persona 5 Royal has sold nearly 2 million copies, which is impressive considering the original Persona 5 sold 3.2 million units. For a console exclusive these are astounding numbers and even more so considering that Royal is only a year old.
This year’s Persona 5 Strikers has sold 1.5 million units across Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC. Serving as a sequel and developed by Koei Teco, Striker gathers the Phantom Thieves to solve a series of cases across Japan during summer break. In February, when the game launched worldwide, Atlus revealed roughly 1.3 million units sold across the world and for a game not officially considered part of the mainline series, this bodes well for any potential spin-off Atlus may be considering (Persona 3, anyone?).
Persona 4 Golden launched on PC last year after being a PlayStation Vita exclusive for nearly a decade. Surprisingly, the port has sold a staggering 1 million units on Steam.