Atlus is Milking Persona for Every Last Drop, and That is Fantastic

Hey, Poor Player's Jeremy Johnson says: "These spin-off projects allow [Persona] to dip its toes into other genres, give developers a little more freedom to stretch their thinking, and bring in the cash to make their mainline games even better."

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FallenAngel19842012d ago

Is it all that surprising when Atlus's other franchises don't sell as well?

Shin Megami Tensei especially doesn't sell as well as its spinoff franchise Persona.

JeremyQJohnson2012d ago

Definitely not surprising, but there are a ton of fans who are upset about it anyways. If they keep Atlus in the black I won't complain.

Summons752011d ago

Yeah, I can grin and bare a couple of dancing games if it means them keeping the lights on for a Persona 6 or whatever the next iteration of SMT is. Not my cup of tea but I won't be mad about them making money.

kitsune4512011d ago

The developers for the Persona dancing games are the ones working on Project Diva and the developers for Persona Q work on Etrian Odyssey. So the only ones that would be disappointed should be Diva and Etrian Odyssey fans, not SMT. No resources are being diverted from SMT.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory2011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

Well Persona is far less serious than SMT and also the characters themselves help Persona do better.
When it comes to JRPG.
The characters themselves plays a big role in many of the games success. If there aren't any interesting characters then the story itself will feel bland.

SMT IV didn't sell 1 million but it did sell over 600K.

PhoenixUp2012d ago

Many people being introduced to Persona are unaware that the series itself is a spinoff of a spinoff, which would make these dancing games a spinoff of a spinoff of a spinoff..

In fact if Shin Megami Tensei: if hadn't spunoff from the proper Shin Megami Tensei universe, then there'd be no concept to base Persona off of.

So people shouldn't be complaining about any spinoffs at all.

Eonjay2011d ago

So then, after looking at Nier and Drakengard, how often in gaming would you say spinoffs compare to or are better than the original (or even surpass the original in popularity)?

JeremyQJohnson2011d ago

Final Fantasy Tactics is a beloved spin-off, but it didn't quite reach the main series's popularity. Portal might also count if you consider it a spin-off and not a simple tech demo.

PhoenixUp2011d ago

@ Eonjay

A spinoff franchise being more popular happens here and there. The Sims is more popular than parent franchise SimCity & Super Mario is more popular than parent franchise Donkey Kong for example.

It also happens a lot across various industries

Eonjay2011d ago

Wow this link is good!

derkasan2012d ago

I just want an update to Persona 4 Arena with Persona 5 characters.

dead_pixels2011d ago

That's what I'm talking about!

PapaBop2011d ago

ASW announced a fighting game crossover which will include Persona characters. Not exactly the Persona 5 Arena you're looking for but it will almost certainly feature a few P5 characters and will likely be an amazing game in it's own right.

derkasan2011d ago

That's true - it'll be nice to play as Yu again. Hopefully that'll mean new Persona characters will be in the game too.

DivineAssault 2011d ago

I read somewhere the writer for persona is leaving to pursue new endeavors. I hope that doesnt break up the team working on 6.. On topic i agree its ok to spin off persona. As long as the quality is there, it needs/deserves more brand recognition..

bluefox7552011d ago

Yeah, this is one franchise I wouldn't mind more milking actually.

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