Japanese video game companies are becoming more and more aware of how important worldwide operations can be — especially since traditional homes consoles like the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 thrive outside of Japan. We're now at a point where publishers such as Square Enix, Capcom, and SEGA are making a very deliberate effort to expand their reach, emphasising things like global release dates, and hosting digital events that are promoted here in the West.
And Atlus is keen to stress just how key this global approach is. In the company's latest financial report, it emphasises the success of overseas sales, particularly for the Persona franchise. The report states that Persona 5 Royal has now shipped over 1.8 million copies, while Persona 5 Strikers sits at 1.3 million copies. Together with the original Persona 5 — which had sold more than 3.2 million units last we heard — the Phantom Thieves have clearly stolen a lot of hearts.
Hopefully this means that the inevitable Persona 6 will enjoy a worldwide release date, so that we don't have to avoid spoilers for months on end. At least the signs are positive, since parent company SEGA is doing a global launch for Lost Judgment later this year. How times have changed for the better!