Why Persona 5 is Going to Change the Industry

-by Dylan DiBona

*Due to a WordPress date mess up, I reposted this article on 4/3/17. Enjoy!*

Consider the following words one big assumption by a guy who’s been trying to stay blind on Persona 5 for the past few months. From what a good friend online told me, Persona 5 is one of the highest rated JRPG’s on Metacritic, even beating Persona 4 Golden. Excuse my pun but this is going to be a huge game changer. Here’s why:

On the Right System:

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Persona 4‘s biggest curse was being released on the PlayStation 2 unbelievably late in it’s life cycle; it came out two years after the PlayStation 3 was released! In order to have it reach a bigger audience, it was re-released on the Vita. Now the Vita isn’t known to have the biggest library in the world, so whoever had one was most likely playing Persona 4 Golden, a much bigger and better remake of the original.

Both the PS2 and Vita weren’t the best systems for this game to land on at the time. But Persona 5 is landing on PlayStation 4, the indisputable dominant console of this generation. All eyes are going to be on P5 in terms of sales, criticism and fan love. Obviously Persona 5 is going to do good in all of these categories, making other companies take note.

It Takes Time to Craft

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Persona 5 has been in development since 4’s release, almost a decade. Unlike other big name series, entries in Persona aren’t pumped out annually. Atlus proves that it takes time to craft a world rich with story, flavor and fun busywork.

Knowing the Persona series, players will have to sink in about one-hundred hours to do everything, and that’s great. Developers are going to take notice and slow down production on games (hopefully not Kingdom Hearts 3!).

A Soon to be Fading Uniqueness?

A semi-negative result of Persona 5‘s stellar reception will be developers outright copying of certain aspects of the series. Persona has always been a standout in the genre for allowing players to form relationships with NPCs and make their game feel truly special and tailored to them.

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More and more games are sure to pop up with “bonding” gameplay to strengthen comrade relationships. Developers will probably try to one-up Persona in this field as well; I’m not sure if that’s necessarily a bad thing.

A Revival of a Genre?

If you don’t know the story of JRPGs, I’ll make it quick. In the SNES and PS1 era there was a golden age of great JRPGs. You couldn’t go one month without a huge JRPG being released. After that, it faded and now amazing games in the genre are coming out at a slower pace.

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Persona 5 will show a clear love for the genre. It will show other developers that there is a demand for a good battle system, interesting story and in-depth characters. I’m willing to bet almost anything that in the next few years after Persona 5, JRPGs will skyrocket in quality.

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So guys do you agree? Am I jumping to conclusions? Let me know down below in the comments and I’ll try my best to reply! As always thanks for reading.

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2 thoughts on “Why Persona 5 is Going to Change the Industry

  1. I’ve never played a Persona game and have been scared off by the huge playtimes. I simply don’t have the time to spend 100+ hours on a single game and I don’t want to start something I can’t possibly finish… That being said, it’s hard to ignore all the praise the series has gotten, particularly Persona 4 Golden on the Vita, a system which I absolutely love.

    Does this game really require that kind of massive timesink to fully enjoy? Or those 100+ hour reportings from folks who chose to play it that long? It’s hard to get a good feel for how it will take and I’m so apprehensive, but I feel like Persona 5 might be worth checking out, if for no other reason than Atlus makes some great games.

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  2. If you look up how long to beat Persona 4 it says about 75 hours. I did it in 65. With a series like Persona, you can kinda control the flow of the game because it goes by days. So if you want, after school you could just go home and go to sleep and skip a day. Obviously that’s not as much fun as making friends.

    Persona 5 seems even longer, so I’m not expecting to beat it in under 75 hours. Frankly I don’t like games that last that long, but Persona is so far the only exception I’ve encountered in my life. I still recommend it, especially if you like anime.

    Thank you for you comment! WordPress seems to be messing up today and made this article look like it was posted yesterday. I don’t think many people are going to find it unfortunately.

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