Atlus 2018 Online Consumer Survey Released, Includes Company Collaboration Questions

Atlus has released this year’s online consumer survey to know more about what their customers want. The previous surveys had much more participation than they expected, and they helped Atlus make use of them in a meaningful way, so they would be thankful if this survey does the same.

Different from the previous times, Atlus states that, to meet requests from customers who participated last year, part of the data from this questionnaire will be released at a later date.

Previous Surveys

The Japanese questionnaire is set to last from January 26 to January 30 at 11:59 PM JST.

The list of questions from the survey is below. For questions that I feel are especially interesting and should be highlighted, see Questions 55 to Questions 66.

Q1: Please tell us about your profession.

Q2: Who are you currently living with?

Q3: Among the following platforms, which do you own?

Q4: Among the platforms you own, how often do you play them?

11 different options per platforum, ranging from things such as Netflix, watching DVDs, and reading e-books.

Q5: If you are playing the following devices, when was the last time you played them?

7 different options per platform ranging from every day, to played within the last six months.

Q6: For the devices that you do not currently own (including those that will be released in the future), please select among the applicable options below:

4 possible answers for the devices that were not selected in Q3:

  1. I am going to buy this device.
  2. I know about this device, but I’m not sure if I’m going to buy it.
  3. I know about this device, but I’m not going to buy it.
  4. I don’t know about this device.

Q7: Please select among the options that apply regarding your display situation when playing on a stationary, home console (connected to a TV).

8 possible answers concerning the quality of the screen the person plays on, including a 4K TV, a 4K monitor, a less than HD monitor or a projector.

Q8: Among the dedicated home consoles you play the most (for TV screens, non-handhelds), why do you play on them?

23 possible answers, including:

  • To relieve stress
  • To experience exhilaration
  • To feel immersed in the game world
  • To get a sense of accomplishment
  • To immerse myself in the game story
  • To express myself
  • To forget everyday life

Q9: Among the portable devices you play the most (devices played without the need of a TV screen), why do you play on them?

Same 23 possible answers as the above.

Q13: What are your favorite game genres?

  1. Turn-based RPG
  2. Action RPG
  3. Turn-based Strategy RPG
  4. 3D Dungeon RPG
  5. Rogue-like RPG
  6. Puzzle Game
  7. Adventure Game
  8. Action Game
  9. Fighting Game
  10. Simulation
  11. Music Game
  12. Sports
  13. Shooting
  14. Board Game
  15. Other

Q14: Among the following games, which ones do you know of?

A list of 61 games, including Atlus games and:

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch, Wii U – March 2017)
  • Caligula: Overdoes (PS4)
  • Splatoon 2 (Switch – July 2017)
  • Fate/EXTELLA (PS4, PS Vita, Switch – November 2016)
  • NieR: Automata (PS4 – February 2017)

Unreleased Atlus games are listed as well, such as “Project Re Fantasy (TBD)” and “Persona Q2 (3DS).”

Q15: Among the following games, which have you purchased?

Among the games selected in Q14, there are 3 possible choices:

  1. I bought this (regardless of new or used).
  2. I am considering purchasing.
  3. I have no plan to purchase this in the future, and I am not considering to.

Q16: For the games that have not been released yet, are you planning to purchase them?

Among the games selected in Q14, there are 3 possible choices:

  1. I’m going to purchase it.
  2. I’m considering it.
  3. I do not want to purchase it.

For the following questions, media for 9 games will be shown, each with the following questions about what the user thinks of them.

  1. It seems it can be played for a long time.
  2. The visual design is cool.
  3. It feels like Atlus.
  4. It seems like an interesting game.
  5. I would like to play this with friends.
  6. I would like to play this if I have free time.
  7. I would like to play this on a big screen TV with a console.
  8. I like the colors.
  9. I would like to play this on a handheld game machine.
  10. The characters are attractive.
  11. I would like to play this for free.
  12. I would like to play this as a smartphone game.
  13. The story seems interesting.
  14. None of the above applies.

Q17: Please take a look at the game visuals and select what you feel.

Q18: Please take a look at the game visuals and select what you feel.

Q19: Please take a look at the game visuals and select what you feel.

Q20: Please take a look at the game visuals and select what you feel.

Q21: Please take a look at the game visuals and select what you feel.

Q22: Please take a look at the game visuals and select what you feel.

Q23: Please take a look at the game visuals and select what you feel.

Q24: Please take a look at the game visuals and select what you feel.

Q25: Please take a look at the game visuals and select what you feel.

Q26: Please select all that apply among the following regarding “Atlus-likeness.”

16 choices:

  1. Characters that are easy to empathize with and have an attractive personality
  2. A world/setting with the feeling of an underground subculture.
  3. The BGM is worth listening to.
  4. A world/setting with an occult feeling.
  5. A fictional world setting that is easy to empathize with.
  6. A world/setting in contemporary Japan.
  7. Good design of non-human characters such as Atlus’ own demons.
  8. A fun and deep story.
  9. Good design of things other than characters, such as user interface.
  10. User interface that emphasizes comfort and tempo.
  11. A world/setting around anarchy or opposing authority.
  12. The feel of the difficulty level and game balance.
  13. Good character design.
  14. A play experience and themes that are thought-provoking.
  15. Other
  16. There is no particular application.
  17. I do not know Atlus (very well).

Q27: Please select the applicable choice for each music event of the following game titles.

3 choices of:

  1. I have been to.
  2. I have not been, but I’d love to go.
  3. I have not been and I’m not going to go.

For the following:

  1. “Final Fantasy” series music event
  2. “Granblue Fantasy” music event
  3. “Shin Megami Tensei” series music event
  4. “NieR” series music event
  5. “Dragon Quest” series music event
  6. “Etrian Odyssey” series music event
  7. “Persona” series music event”

Q28: How much free time do you usually have per day?

2 answers, with 10 options ranging from 1 hour to 18 hours or more.

  1. Weekday
  2. Holiday

Q29: What do you spend your free time with on weekdays, weekends and holidays? Please choose all that apply.

There are 43 answers. The list includes answers like:

  • I go on the Internet with my PC
  • Learning a foreign language
  • Going to public competitions (horse racing, bicycle racing…)
  • I go to get a massage or to a beauty parlor
  • Home gardening
  • I take pictures
  • I watch sports
  • I play sports
  • I go to karaoke
  • I go to live concerts
  • I play home console games
  • I play handheld games
  • I make a meal or have tea with friends
  • I watch YouTube
  • I watch Nico Nico Douga
  • I watch TV at home

Q30: Have you ever seen an anime of the “Persona” series before among the below? If you have seen it, please indicate where.

6 choices of:

  1. I watched it on a TV broadcast.
  2. I recorded it and watched it.
  3. I watched it with a video distribution service.
  4. I watched it on a DVD / Blu-ray disc.
  5. Other
  6. I have not seen it

For the following:

  1. TV anime “Persona 4”
  2. TV anime “Persona 4 the Golden”
  3. TV anime “Persona 5: The Day Breakers”

Q31: Have you ever seen the theatrical version of “Persona 3”? If you have seen it, please indicate where.

5 choices of:

  1. I saw it at the theater.
  2. I watched it with a video distribution service.
  3. I watched it on a DVD / Blu-ray disc.
  4. Other
  5. I have not seen it

For the following:

  1. Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth
  2. Persona 3 The Movie #2: Midsummer Knight’s Dream
  3. Persona 3 The Movie #3: Falling Down
  4. Persona 3 The Movie #4: Winter of Rebirth

Q32: Among the devices that were selected as “I own this” in a previous question, on average, how much time do you spend with them during weekdays?

6 choices per platform, ranging from “I do not use this” to “over 10 hours.”

Q33: Among the devices that were selected as “I own this” in a previous question, on average, how much time do you spend with them during weekends or holidays?

6 choices per platform, ranging from “I do not use this” to “over 10 hours.”

Q34: Which media do you usually obtain game information from? Please choose all that apply.

24 answers, including:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google+
  • LINE
  • YouTube
  • Nico Nico Douga
  • Nico Nico Live Broadcast
  • Game Magazines

Q35: How much do you use a PC or a smartphone when gathering game information on the internet?

3 possible answers for both the PC and the smartphone: “Often,” “Occasionally,” “Not at all.”

Q36: For those who obtain game information on Twitter, how do you do so?

10 possible answers, including:

  • Looking at a friend’s post.
  • Look at posts from people who often send out game information.
  • Look at posts of talents and voice actors.
  • Look at the official accounts for each game title.

Q37: For those who obtain game information on LINE, how do you do so?

6 possible answers, including:

  1. Look at official game media account LINE posts.
  2. Look at the official game account posts on LINE.
  3. Look at posts on my LINE timeline.

Q38: Please select all the social services you use to write and post.

15 answers including:

  • LINE
  • Tumlr
  • Pinterest
  • Vine
  • Instagram
  • Google+
  • Twitter
  • Blog
  • Bulletin boards (2channel, etc)

Q39: Do you recommend games to friends on social media? Please choose all that apply.

  1. I always recommend games
  2. I recommend games I want to play with friends
  3. I recommend minor games to support them
  4. I recommend games for reasons other than the above
  5. I’ve never particularly recommended a game

Q40: What kind of content do you post on social media?

28 answers, separated between columns for Facebook, Twitter, and LINE, including:

  • Family
  • Love
  • Console games
  • Handheld games
  • Pre-release game information
  • Food

Q41: When do you usually use social media on weekdays?

13 options per social media, with a variety of time intervals.

Q42: When do you usually use social media during weekends and holidays?

13 options per social media, with a variety of time intervals.

Q43: How frequently do you watch live game broadcasts on the following media?

7 possible answers ranging from “everyday” to “I do not use this media to watch it.”

Q44: Please select all the reasons that apply from the following to watch live broadcasts of a game.

8 possible answers, including:

  • Because I am interested in the game
  • Because I am interested in the game developer
  • Because I am interested in the hosts
  • Because I want to kill time

Q45: How much money on average are you free to use per month?

7 answers, ranging from less than 5,000 yen to 100,000 yen or more.

Q47: Where do you learn about new games to buy on dedicated home consoles and handhelds?

12 answers, including:

  • Seeing a friend, colleague, or family playing it
  • Watching a TV commercial
  • LINE, Facebook or Twitter
  • Seeing it introduced in game magazines

Q48: Where do you buy games on dedicated home consoles and handhelds?

10 possible answers, including:

  • Amazon
  • PlayStation Store
  • Game specialty stores

Q49: How much do you use a PC or smartphone when purchasing from a mail order website.

Q50: What influences your decision to buy games on dedicated home consoles and handhelds?

18 possible answers, including:

  • Demo
  • Official game site
  • Developer
  • Genre
  • Favorite series
  • Voice actors
  • Music

Q54: To those who purchased “Persona 5,” to what extent did you play the game?

6 possible answers, including “I have not played it yet” and “I have cleared it, and am still playing a second playthrough.”

Q55: If the following “Persona” series title as follows was released, would you think “I want to play this”? If that’s what you would think, please answer for which devices.

9 possible choices:

  1. I want to play this on PS4.
  2. I want to play this on PS VR.
  3. I want to play this on PS Vita.
  4. I want to play this on Nintendo 3DS.
  5. I want to play this on Nintendo Switch.
  6. I want to play this on smartphones.
  7. I want to play this on PC.
  8. Other
  9. I do not want to play this / I’m not interested.

For the following titles:

  1. “Persona” series Action RPG
  2. “Persona” series online RPG
  3. Completely new “Persona 6”
  4. “Persona” series shooting game
  5. “Persona” series board game
  6. “Persona 5” fighting game
  7. “Persona” series strategy game

Q56: Having previously bought an “Etrian Odyssey” game, when it is said that the latest title in the series will be released, please choose what is closest to your ideas below:

3 possible choices:

  1. Necessary
  2. Neither agree nor disagree
  3. Not necessary

For the following:

  1. Rrandomly generated labyrinth
  2. The function to create a map with your own hand
  3. Auto-mapping function that automatically draws the map
  4. Online elements (cooperation with other users)
  5. Online elements (competition with others)
  6. 3D dungeon exploration, step by step
  7. Real-time action
  8. Presence of F.O.E
  9. Choosing a character voice (voice actors)
  10. The ability to adjust 3DCG to create your own character’s look
  11. Selecting a character’s look from pre-set illustrations

Q56: Having previously bought a “Shin Megami Tensei” game, please select what you would be interested below for products developed based on the series in the future:

  1. TV animation
  2. Novelization
  3. Book – Manga adaptation
  4. E-book that can be read online
  5. Illustrations of the “Shin Megami Tensei” series
  6. “Shin Megami Tensei” series setting information collection
  7. Soundtrack of the “Shin Megami Tensei” series
  8. Merchandise based on “Shin Megami Tensei” series characters
  9. Opening of collaboration shops, etc.
  10. Other
  11. I am not particularly interested

Q58: For those who answered they are interested in character merchandise of “Shin Megami Tensei,” please choose what you would buy if goods were sold:

  1. Items sold with a limited number, expensive figures
  2. Easy to purchase at a low price
  3. Keychain
  4. Accessories that can be used in everyday life such as handkerchiefs and pass cases
  5. Apparel products such as T-shirts
  6. Jewelry and other accessories
  7. Bags
  8. Prize products available in UFO catchers (stuffed toys, etc.)
  9. Other
  10. There’s nothing that particularly makes me feel like purchasing it.

Q59: How do you usually listen to character voices in-game?

  1. Always listen to the voices fully.
  2. In an environment where I can listen to it, I listen to it as fully as possible.
  3. Only listen to character voices in important scenes.
  4. I only fully listen to the voices of my favorite characters.
  5. Because I mostly skip, I only hear it occasionally.
  6. I do not listen to character voices at all. I don’t need it.
  7. Other

Q60: If a full remake of past Atlus titles was made (adding additional elements to the existing title and brushing it up), would you think “I want to play this?” If that’s what you would think, please answer for which devices.

9 possible choices:

  1. I want to play this on PS4.
  2. I want to play this on PS VR.
  3. I want to play this on PS Vita.
  4. I want to play this on Nintendo 3DS.
  5. I want to play this on Nintendo Switch.
  6. I want to play this on smartphones.
  7. I want to play this on PC.
  8. Other
  9. I do not want to play this / I’m not interested.

For the following titles:

  1. Remake of “Revelations: Persona”
  2. Remake of “Persona 2: Innocent Sin / Eternal Punishment”
  3. Remake of “Persona 3”
  4. Remake of “Persona 4”
  5. Remake of “Persona 5”
  6. Remake of “Shin Megami Tensei NINE”
  7. Remake of “Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne”
  8. Remake of “Shin Megami Tensei IV”
  9. Remake of “Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse”
  10. Remake of “Digital Devil Saga: Avatar Tuner”
  11. Remake of “Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers”
  12. Remake of “Devil Summoner: Raidou Kuzunoha” series
  13. Remake of “Etrian Odyssey” mainline numbered series
  14. Remake of “Devil Summoner” series
  15. Remake of “Devil Survivor” series

Q61: How do you feel when another company’s game, which is originally based on an Atlus game, is released? Please choose one that is closest to your impression:

4 possible choices:

  1. I’d love to play
  2. Depending on the context, I would like to play
  3. I do not want you to release it
  4. I am not interested / No opinion

For the following:

  1. “Shin Megami Tensei” series title produced by another company.
  2. “Persona” series title produced by another company.
  3. “Etrian Odyssey” series title produced by another company.
  4. “Persona Q” series title produced by another company.
  5. “Persona” dance series titles such as “Persona 4: Dancing All Night” produced by another company.
  6. “Persona” fighting series title produced by another company.
  7. “Devil Survivor” series title produced by another company.
  8. “Devil Summoner” series title produced by another company.
  9. “Soul Hackers” series title produced by another company.

Q62: What are your impressions on the possible following initiatives Atlus would take in its future?

3 possible choices:

  1. I’d love to support you
  2. If anything, I would like to support you
  3. I don’t think I would support you / I’m not interested

For the following:

  1. Aggressive collaboration with other company content (competitors’ games, etc.)
  2. Effort to develop content for existing games (animation, etc.)
  3. Porting of past titles, or remastering (“Dragon’s Crown Pro”, etc.)
  4. Remaking past titles (“Etrian Odyssey Untold”, “Catherine: Full Body”, etc.)
  5. Development of spin-offs based on an established series (“Persona 4: Dancing All Night”, etc.)
  6. Development of large numbered titles based on an established series (“Shin Megami Tensei V”, etc.)
  7. Efforts to develop completely new titles

Q63: To those who answered supporting Atlus to develop a completely new title, in the future, when a completely new game among the following is released, how much do you want to play it?

4 possible choices:

  1. I’d love to play
  2. Depending on the content, I would like to play it
  3. I do not think I would play it / I’m not interested
  4. I do not know

For the following:

  1. Completely new Vanillaware game
  2. Completely new game by the “Etrian Odyssey” team (excluding the “Etrian Odyssey” series)
  3. Completely new game by the “Shin Megami Tensei” team (excluding the “Shin Megami Tensei” series)
  4. Completely new game by Studio Zero
  5. Completely new game by the Persona Team (excluding the “Persona” series)

Q64: When the following game sequel (numbered title) is released, which would you want to play for which devices?

9 possible choices:

  1. I want to play this on PS4.
  2. I want to play this on PS VR.
  3. I want to play this on PS Vita.
  4. I want to play this on Nintendo 3DS.
  5. I want to play this on Nintendo Switch.
  6. I want to play this on smartphones.
  7. I want to play this on PC.
  8. Other
  9. I do not want to play this / I’m not interested.

For the following:

  1. “Etrian Odyssey” series
  2. “Persona” series
  3. “Shin Megami Tensei” series

Q65: If you have a request for Atlus, please write it down.

300 characters or less.

Q66: This is the last question. Do you believe in the existence of the “Phantom Thieves”?

  1. Phantom Thieves? What is that?
  2. I think they exist (lol)
  3. I do not believe in something meant for elementary school students.
  4. “of Hearts” is lame.
  5. I think their existence is a good thing.
  6. I believe in the Phantom Thieves!
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