Update (2017-12-14): A celebratory discount for the sales milestone has been announced, detailed at the bottom of this post.
Atlus has announced that, since Persona 5‘s original launch on September 15, 2016, the game has now shipped over 2 million copies worldwide.
This number includes digital copies of the game sold. To celebrate, series character designer Shigenori Soejima has created a new illustration:
IRVINE, Calif. – Nov. 30, 2017 – ATLUS today announced that the overall sales of Persona 5 for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 have reached a crucial milestone with more than 2 million copies sold worldwide. Since the initial launch, Persona 5 has earned critical acclaim, receiving recognition and awards from prestigious media outlets and fans.
Most recently, ATLUS is proud to announce that Persona 5 has been nominated in four categories for “The Game Awards 2017,” held in Los Angeles CA on December 7, including: “Game of the Year,” “Best Art Direction,” “Best Score/Music,” and “Best Role Playing Game.”
“This has been an incredible year for our company, one that represents our ambitions for Japanese games in the west,” said Naoto Hiraoka, president & CEO of Atlus U.S.A., Inc.. “We are in the middle of experiencing tremendous growth, both in the west and abroad, and the sales of Persona 5 represent a new level of expectation for fans of the genre. Once seen as niche, Persona 5 is one of the most important titles this year, proving interest in this category is expanding. We look forward to delivering more incredible games to our fans next year.”
Persona 5 ranked #2 in the April 2017 NPD sales chart, with the series’ biggest debut in North America. In October 2017, Sega Sammy reported that the Persona series had sold 8.5 million units worldwide.
To celebrate 2 million copies shipped for Persona 5 worldwide, Atlus has discounted the downloadable version of Persona 5 from December 14, 2017 to January 8, 2018. The PS4 version of the game will cost 6,800 yen instead of 8,800, and the “Persona 5 20th PS Store Special Edition” for the PS4 will cost 9,800 yen instead of 12,800 yen.
Soejima has created new art for the discount:
A similar discount took place earlier this month to celebrate the Users’ Choice Award the game received at the PlayStation Awards 2017.