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Persona Q2's existence just baffles me

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Up until the first Persona Q, Persona itself has largely been a Playstation exclusive franchise. At the time it was released - Persona Q's existence made sense. Expand the franchise with a spin-off to reach a new, broader audience available on 3DS without compromising the value of Sony's excluvity of P4G on Vita and P5 on PS4 and PS3.

And now - there's Persona Q2, a spin off of Persona 5, on 3DS in 2018. And the obvious fact is... Persona Q2 won't really help grow the franchise in the ways Persona Q and Persona 5 obviously did. If anything, Persona Q2 is a fan-service game and due to to its timing on 3DS will likely sell poorly. Sure, the COMG chart shows the game trending well but I won't be surprised if sales drop like a rock after that. And beyond that, it's questionable we'd every see Q2 in the west due to the amount of time it will take to localize.

So here's what I've concluded....

Persona Q's Nintendo exclusivity makes no sense any longer. Bring it to Playstation where you now have more fans because of P5. Many Playstation fans would be happy with that.

And given the Nintendo Switch's global reputation for JRPGs, it also makes sense to bring Persona Q2 and even Persona 5 (+potentially other mainline Persona) to Switch.

Heck, put it all these games on Xbox and PC for that matter too. 

This whole series is too good and has too much potential to be shackled to one platform at a time per entry.

If 3DS is the only platform Persona Q2 ever comes to, I'll maybe still get it. But I'll be kind of annoyed by it at this point.

How many of you agree?



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The company behind the Q series made their success and are familiar with the device. That is pretty much the be all end all as to why. I don't really care one way or another.

(The Eterian Odyssey part of Atlus)

Last edited by Acevil - on 16 October 2018

 

I would love to have Persona 5 on Switch, I'd definitely play it again! It would follow the portable versions of both 3 and 4. They wouldn't release it on Vita, would they? Is there any reason it can't be ported to Switch?



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I've said this for a long while now: Ending the SMT-Persona exclusivity is a good thing. Both regular SMT and Persona need to expand their userbases.



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I think you misread the intentions of Persona Q. They just wanted to have something similar to the games they were already making for Nintendo handhelds, but to see how much of their fanbase was on the platform. I've never heard anyone suggest that PQ/PQ2 were ever attempts to grow their fanbase. If they wanted to do that, they wouldn't have made them first person dungeon crawlers. 

And what's this about a global reputation for JRPGs? Switch hasn't come close to having that reputation yet. I would hope that Atlus/Sega does indeed port Q2 to Switch so that it has a better chance of being successful.



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what baffles me is persona 5 not being on the switch and smt5 not being on ps4



I loved the original Q and don't own a Switch, so personally I'm fine with it coming to 3DS (though I'd prefer vita even though at this point that's a pretty unreasonable request).

I feel like the issue here may be that Persona Q is mechanically moreso a spin off of Etrian Odyssey, which was specifically built to take advantage of the DS, and probably uses the same underlying engine and design philosophy. Both games heavily rely on using the bottom screen to draw maps, and while obviously it should be more than feasible to port that engine and set of mechanics to switch, I wouldn't be surprised if Atlus wants to focus on using the next Etrian Odyssey to test out bridging that gap first. It might require building an entirely new engine to make work.

All speculation of course, but I can understand how keeping it on 3DS was the logical conclusion they came to. Hope it gets ported someday though, the Q games are excellent and don't deserve to languish on old hardware.



Baddman said:
what baffles me is persona 5 not being on the switch and smt5 not being on ps4

Yeah this is stupid. Persona 5 should be on Switch. SMT5 on PS4 ... ehhhh. How else can I insert Japanese superiority if I don't have at least one Atlus exclusive on Switch?



outlawauron said: 

And what's this about a global reputation for JRPGs? Switch hasn't come close to having that reputation yet. I would hope that Atlus/Sega does indeed port Q2 to Switch so that it has a better chance of being successful.


Look at sales of JRPGs that released both on PS4 and Switch. The Switch SKU often equals or surpasses sales of PS4 SKU - even if its a late port (Disgaea 5, Yvs VIII).

Look at the explosive success of Octopath Traveler and the tidal wave of FF games Square's bringing to that platform now.

Look at the support Monolith Soft has given to the platform already. Xenoblade 2 itself is already near 2 million sold. 

We get Fire Emblem, Pokemon, SMTV, DQ11 and Town in the year ahead as well.

Overall, the JRPG market on Switch is clearly booming.



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Darwinianevolution said:
I've said this for a long while now: Ending the SMT-Persona exclusivity is a good thing. Both regular SMT and Persona need to expand their userbases.

I'm glad you mentioned SMT as well



I predict NX launches in 2017 - not 2016