Why you shouldn’t expect to see Persona 5 or any main line Persona games on the Switch

Currently the Nintendo Switch is extraordinarily popular, and is getting remakes of plenty of new and popular games. Persona 5, however is unlikely to make it over.

Most people have at least heard of, if not played a Persona game. The series has markedly risen in popularity since the release of Persona 3 in which the social link system was first introduced. However many may not realize that Persona is a spin off from the Shin Megami Tensei series. A much darker series known for an intense difficulty level and post-apocalyptic themes.

Persona 5 was recently released for the Playstation 4 and 3, an unusual move by Atlus but not at all inconceivable. Shin Megami Tensei has had games available on almost every system for a number of generations spanning up until recent times, and has had a chance to test all of them. They have even published the game Jack Bros. for the VirtualBoy, a defunct Nintendo console with almost no games at all.

Every main line Persona game has been published on a Playstation console. Persona 1, Persona 2 Innocent Sin and Persona 2 Eternal Punishment were all released on Playstation 1 and PSP. Persona 3 was on PS2 and PSP, and Persona 4 was on PS2 and PS Vita. The only exceptions would be the predecessor of the Persona games Shin Megami Tensei If, which was available on Playstation and the Super Nintendo. Along with Persona Q, a parody game available on the 3DS.

Of course these games are often on portable platforms, but the pattern seems to dictate it would most likely end up on PS Vita.

In contrast, mainline Shin Megami Tensei games haven’t been on Playstation since Nocturne on the PS2. These games along with many spin-offs such as Devil Survivor have been steadily produced on Nintendo Systems.

It is clear that Atlus doesn’t want the Shin Megami Tensei series to die in obscurity. It makes sense that to try and promote it they would release a new game from that series on the Switch. In an attempt to use the popularity of both the Switch and Persona 5’s recent release to finally help bring the original SMT into the limelight.

Along with a new mainline SMT game, a new Devil Survivor 3 or Persona Q2 could easily be a Switch release. However I personally hope to see a revival of mainline SMT on the Nintendo Switch.

A trailer for an SMT game was shown along with many of the first game trailers released, and although the clip was short and the release date was 2018 I think it can be said without a doubt that it didn’t look like a Persona game.


I’ve heard rumours of a new SMT game was announced for smartphones. I don’t know how to feel about that. I’ll leave that subject for another day.

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