Atlus’s crown jewel, the Persona series, is among the most venerated RPG series in the genre. The series has had immensely successful releases over the years. Persona 5 Royal, released in 2019, is the latest of the lot. It was released in 2019 as a PlayStation 4 exclusive.
- It has been confirmed that Persona 5 Royal will not support save data transfer between PS4 and PlayStation 5.
- The game’s release has been tainted by several anti-consumer decisions taken by Atlus. Like no upgrade from PS4 to PS5.
- The game is set to be released on 21 October on PS5, PC via Steam, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S.
Persona series enthusiasts have long been asking the studio to release the game for PS5, as it was released in 2019 before PS5 was launched. The studio was also asked to release the game for Xbox X|S, PC, and Switch, as its console exclusivity ended.
Atlus, spurred by the huge fan pressure, announced the release of Persona 5 Royal, along with Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 portable, for PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC. The PC version will be made available through Steam.
The releases have been marred by some controversial decisions taken by Atlus.
The joy of fans was cut short, as Atlus revealed, on the Japanese version of their website, that PS4 users will not be able to upgrade Persona 5 Royal to PS5. They had to pay for the PS5 version again. The whole community was furious at this seemingly anti-consumer step. But t span of bad news wasn’t to end there.
In mid-Aug, there were rumors that players won’t be able to transfer their save files to the PS5 version of the game.
Today a YouTube, named Faz, noticed something on the PlayStation store that virtually confirmed those rumors. On Persona 5 Royal’s game page on the store, it was written in clear words that “Save data can not be shared with the PS4 version of Persona 5 Royal.”
( as expected, ) you can't transfer your Persona 5 Royal PS4 save data to the PS5 version of the game pic.twitter.com/XjDkkVI8rg— Faz | Persona 5 Royal giveaway in pinned (@ScrambledFaz) September 21, 2022
Looking at the history of Atlus’s anti-consumer decisions, the fans of the series aren’t surprised, with some saying “this isn’t the worst they have done to us.”
This also comes in addition to the fact that players can’t even transfer their achievements between the consoles.
One can only hope that Atlus might review these absurd decisions and revoke them. But that seems rather unlikely.
The game is already available for preorder for Switch, PS5, and Xbox. The game will be released on October 21, for PS5, Switch, Xbox X|S, Xbox One, and PC.
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