Atlus Survey Raises Possibility of Persona 5 for Nintendo Switch

Atlus has published their annual customer survey for 2020 today, and among the questions pertaining to the company’s future endeavors is one that asks players which titles the publisher should bring to Nintendo Switch in the future.

The final question reads:

“Q47: If previous Atlus games (games that can be played on other hardware without adding additional elements) were ported to the Nintendo Switch, would you want to play them? Select all of the titles below that you would like to play on the Nintendo Switch.

1. Port of “Revelations: Persona”
2. Port of “Persona 2: Innocent Sin / Eternal Punishment”
3. Port of “Persona 3,” “Persona 3 FES,” and “Persona 3 Portable”
4. Port of “Persona 4” and “Persona 4 Golden”
5. Port of “Persona 5” and “Persona 5 Royal”
6. Port of “Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne”
7. Port of “Shin Megami Tensei IV”
8. Port of “Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse”
9. Port of “Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner” series
10. Port of “Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers”
11. Port of “Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha” series
12. Port of “Etrian Odyssey” series
13. Port of “13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim”
14. Port of “Persona Q”
15. Port of “Catherine: Full Body”
16. Port of “Odin Sphere Leifthrasir”
17. Port of “Dragon’s Crown Pro”
18. I do not want to play any on the Nintendo Switch”

While it is worth mentioning that there is also interest in bringing titles like the Etrian Odyssey series, Shin Megami Tensei, Digital Devil Saga and Devil Summoner series and some Vanillaware titles to Nintendo Switch, many will immediately notice that every mainline Persona game is mentioned, including enhanced ports for Persona 3: Portable, Persona 3: FES, Persona 4 Golden and Persona 5 Royal. Even the Persona Q titles are mentioned, meaning ports of all titles are being considered for Nintendo Switch.

While not much has been stated as to why the Persona series has never seen a main entry launch on a non-PlayStation platform, some have speculated that Sony has had some financial involvement with the series in the past, or that Atlus has had trouble bringing their proprietary technology over to Nintendo’s hardware in the past. Regardless, Persona’s spin-offs, such as the Persona 4 Arena series, have seen releases on platforms such as the Xbox 360, and Persona Q remains a Nintendo 3DS exclusive series. Most noteworthy of all, however, is that in April 2019, Persona 5‘s protagonist, Joker, joined Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, even in spite of the serirs’ PlayStation exclusivity. Later this month, Atlus is also publishing their first title on Nintendo Switch with Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers.

While it remains to be seen if the Persona games will make it to Nintendo Switch, Persona 5’s pseudo-sequel, Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers, is releasing in Japan for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on February 20th with no announced Western release date. Nintendo recently released an enhanced re-release of the Atlus-developed RPG Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore on January 17th, 2020, which includes a costume based off Persona 5’s Joker. The enhanced re-release of Persona 5, Persona 5 Royal, will release in the West on March 31st, 2020.

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