Early last month, the long-awaited Persona 5 finally released into the hands of fans across the world on PS4 and PS3 to overwhelming critical acclaim and sales, with the series’ director Katsura Hashino thanking fans in return for their support of the series and its newest release.
In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Hashino released a letter to fans of the Persona series (both new and old) thanking fans for the reception of Persona 5, especially in regard to the Western audiences that have embraced the game after debuting in April, following its release last September in Japan.
Specifically, Hashino mentioned that “it’s really hard to gauge [the series’] popularity in the West when our team’s in Japan,” as the team is “not able to see everyone’s comments and discussions” as easily compared to the series’ Japanese audience. However, Hashino explained in more detail that given the title was so highly-anticipated by gamers oversea, he was curious to see “how its story would be received” across the world. Hashino concluded the post with a few vague details about where he is heading next and thanking fans for their support of the series and Atlus’ projects:
Last year, with the milestone of the Persona series’ 20th anniversary, I handed off the series development to my successors and announced the start of my new RPG project that takes place in a fantasy world. Be it a game set in modern day, like the Persona and Shin Megami Tensei series, or a game set in a new fantasy world, I aim to create games that provide an invaluable experience of reflecting on oneself through a journey, while roleplaying as characters that players can deeply relate to.
These efforts are only made possible thanks to the positive reception we receive from fans—not just in Japan, but worldwide—of the Persona series and Atlus RPGs in general. I appreciate all your support for the newest entry in the Persona series, and I hope that everyone will enjoy the new Atlus RPGs to come.
Persona 5 is available now on PS4 and PS3 – you can click here to read the rest of Hashino’s letter to the fans, which is certainly worth reading all the way through.