Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix’s upcoming console RPG, was set for a September 30, 2016 release date before it was recently delayed to November 29, 2016. Previously, the game would have been released during the same month as Persona 5 in Japan, which is set for a September 15th launch.
Seemingly as a result of FFXV‘s delay, Persona 5 has experienced a significant boost in terms of pre-orders fulfilled on Amazon Japan, making it the second most popular product in the video game “Best Sellers” rankings.
Until yesterday in Japan—before the Final Fantasy XV news hit—Persona 5 was only ranked between 12th and 15th place.
In the “Movers & Shakers” rankings, Persona 5 has jumped to #3 from #11, with a 450% boost to pre-orders placed for it in a matter of 24 hours.
Previously in December 2015, Square Enix had sent out a survey asking fans whether they would prefer to buy Persona 5 or Final Fantasy XV if both games were to have a similar release date.
Final Fantasy XV‘s release date of September 30, 2016 was confirmed during the “Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV” event on March 30, 2016. Persona 5‘s date of September 15, 2016 was subsequently confirmed on May 5, 2016 during their “Take Tokyo Tower” event. News of the recent delay to FFXV was announced on August 15, 2016.
Persona 5 is slated to be released for the PS3 and PS4 in Japan on September 15, 2016, and in China on the same date for the PS4. It will release in North America and Europe on February 14, 2017.