The announcement that Final Fantasy XV would be delayed from September 30th to November 29th sent shockwaves through the gaming industry, with a lot of gamers being disappointed. However, it was a spell of great news for Atlus and Persona 5.
According to Persona Central, the SMT-themed news site, the delay for Final Fantasy XV managed to open up the sales floodgates for Persona 5. The niche JRPG from Atlus saw a steady climb up the Amazon Japan charts following the delay of Square's JRPG.
Persona 5 is due for release next month on September 15th and it's now sitting at the second spot from the top on Amazon Japan following the news of Final Fantasy XV's delay. The game is now right behind Bandai Namco's highly anticipated Tales of Berseria, which has just released today for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
According to Persona Central, Persona 5 was previously ranked between the 12th and 15th place before the news about Final Fantasy XV's delay was announced. Thus, Square's setback has most certainly become Atlus' gain.
Technically, this is great news for fans of the Shin Megami Tensei series given that it hopefully means more sales for Atlus' title and the opportunity to revive the JRPG genre. Based on the Amazon statistics, it was pretty clear that Final Fantasy XV was clearly cannibalizing Persona 5 and the sales would have been greatly affected by the close release in Japan.
The reason for the delay of Square's JRPG is that they needed a little extra time to polish up the title and ensure that the game runs right proper right from the start. A lot of AAA games have had some major stumbles out of the gate due to launch day jitters that come in the form of bugs and glitches, so Square wants to ensure that Final Fantasy XV is not a victim of that kind of a buzzkill.
Recently, Hello Games ran into some major issues with No Man's Sky's launch on PC and running well below the expected standards even on major gaming rigs. The negative reviews managed to burn the game's hype train pretty badly shortly after launch, killing a lot of its sales momentum. Given that Square has put a lot of money into the Final Fantasy XV production and the accompanying paraphernalia, they can't afford to have the sales drop off before they at least move 5 million out of the gate.
According to previous reports, Square needs to move 10 million units for Final Fantasy XV to be profitable given how long it's been in development and how many resources they've poured into the game and the Luminous technology that powers it. In fact, the game has been in development for a whole decade, nearly reaching Duke Nukem Forever status.
The delay for Final Fantasy XV is only two months long so it's not too bad, but it turned out to be a huge blessing in disguise for Atlus since they'll be moving more copies of Persona 5 in Japan. The Western release won't be affected much given that the latest Persona is not due to release in America, Europe and the rest of the world until February 14th, 2017.