Update: Sega has told PC Gamer that the PC listing for Persona 5 Royal was an error, and the company has nothing to announce at this time.
Original story: There have been a fair amount of requests for Persona 5 and/or its definitive edition Persona 5 Royal to come to platforms beyond PlayStation, where the series has lived most of its life. Specifically, a lot of people have been asking for the game to come to the Nintendo Switch. While there have been plenty of reasons to believe this would be happening eventually, Persona 5 Royal has been listed on Amazon France for a system that will bring the game outside of the PlayStation ecosystem, but is definitely not the Nintendo handheld/console hybrid.
Amazon France has a listing for a PC version of Persona 5 Royal. There’s no other information about this hypothetical port, whether that be release date, specs, or really anything beyond the name. But if it does happen, it will be an opportunity for a lot of people to play the game who might not have been able to otherwise.
But Atlus…what are you doing? The market for a Switch version is huge, and it’s a highly-requested platform, if not the most highly-requested platform for these games to come to. Earlier this year, when asked about whether these games will ever come to Switch, Atlus told fans to “keep fighting” and making the demand known. But Atlus seems to already be aware that Persona fans exist that own Nintendo consoles, and these games work especially well in a handheld format.
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Even without a mainline game on a Nintendo console, Persona as a franchise has a pretty sizable presence within Nintendo’s ecosystem. The spin-off subseries Persona Q, comprised of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth and Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, are both exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS. Joker, the protagonist of Persona 5 and all its spin-offs, is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, despite his questionable status as a Nintendo mainstay. And even Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers, the musou-style spin-off (but also kind of a full blown sequel) is out on the Switch in Japan.
So why is it such a struggle for Atlus to see that people would love to play these games on a handheld again? Speaking from personal experience, Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden, the handheld remakes of both of those games, were so perfect for the PlayStation Vita when I played them back in the day. These games are both very lengthy (Persona 5 Royal easily clocks in over 100 hours), as well as suited for pick up and play that makes it hard for me to recommend playing them on console if there is an alternative. To this day I tell people that a Vita is worth the price of admission to play both Persona 3 and 4 in what I consider to be their definitive form. When I tell people to play Persona 5, a non-insignificant amount of them tell me they would if it was on Switch and they could play it whenever and wherever they pleased. Persona 5 deserves that same treatment, and the Switch is sitting there pretty but lonely without its own Persona RPG to play with it.
Bringing the game to PC is fine, but Atlus, give the people what they want.