Shin Megami Tensei 5: sales at 1 million, the series goes mainstream with Persona

Shin Megami Tensei 5: sales at 1 million, the series goes mainstream with Persona

Shin Megami Tensei 5

Atlus and Sega have announced in these hours that Shin Megami Tensei 5 has exceeded 1 million copies sold all over the world, making this series a mainstream brand in the wake of Persona, which so far was the best known series and able to record million seller numbers.

With a tweet published today, Atlus announced that Shin Megami Tensei 5 has exceeded one million copies and this, of course, only for Nintendo Switch, being the only platform on which the game came out. The amount of sales affects both physical and digital copies, but this is a milestone that places the Shin Megami Tensei series in a new dimension from the point of view of popularity.

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Shin Megami Tensei 5 was released on 11 November 2021 as an exclusive Nintendo Switch, always characterized by the typical dark setting of the series, linked to a reinterpretation of the mythologies and religions of various cultures. The fundamental difference, compared to the previous chapters, was related to its structure: instead of being strongly focused on dungeons, it presents itself as a large open world, which favors exploration.

The innovations introduced, including some quasi-platform elements, considering the presence of the jump for the protagonist, obviously worked in a particularly positive way for the public, who rewarded the new Atlus production by making it enter the world of million sellers, in the wake of the other known RPG series from the same label, namely Persona.

Last January we saw a trailer with press quotes for Shin Megami Tensei 5, while from Atlus, at this point, we are waiting to see Soul Hackers 2, another title linked to tradition but with possible interesting innovations.

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Shin Megami Tensei 5 Has Sold Over 1 Million Units Worldwide

Atlus has confirmed that Shin Megami Tensei V has sold over one million units worldwide, seemingly making it the best-selling entry in the franchise.

The news was shared on Twitter alongside a special illustration of Nahobino from character designer Masayuki Doi to celebrate the milestone.

Crossing one million copies appears to make Shin Megami Tensei V the best-selling game in the franchise, as Atlus previously confirmed that 3DS' Shin Megami Tensei IV sold 600,000 units.

The success of SMT5 is another example of franchises finding a massive bump in sales on the Nintendo Switch and it is added to an ever-growing list that includes Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's 43.35 million, Animal Crossing: New Horizons' 37.62 million, and so many more.

In our Shin Megami Tensei V review, we said that its 'excellent JRPG combat and deeply rewarding customization shine bright, even when it sometimes feels like Persona without the heart.'

The Megami Tensei series began all the way back in 1987 with Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei, a game that itself was based on a trilogy of science fiction novels by Japanese author Aya Nishitani. Fans of the Persona series owe a lot to Shin Megami Tensei as it was a spin-off from that original franchise.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

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