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Final Fantasy XV could be released in direct competition with Persona 5 next summer; Which would you buy first?

Wow, here’s a juicy situation that Square Enix might be concocting. Without question, Persona 5 and Final Fantasy XV are the two biggest JRPGs launching in an already crowded line-up next year, but what if they were to release right next to each other? Which one would you buy first?

As noted by a fan survey over at DualShockers, Square Enix poses a very interesting question regarding the release window of Final Fantasy XV and a possible proximity to Persona 5’s. Roughly translated, the question reads:

Here’s a question for those considering to purchase both Persona 5 and Final Fantasy XV: If both titles were released at roughly the same time, which one would you prioritize (buying)?

  1. Persona 5
  2. Final Fantasy XV
  3. I’ll buy both

Well, obviously for me the option is number 3. I will be buying both of these games as soon as they launch because I’ve waited an eternity for them. However, in the cruel, time-straining adult world, I obviously won’t have the time to barrel through two massive JRPGs in a fixed amount of time. In the summer, when the huge releases are few and far between, this might be possible, but definitely not in the fall when I have a new game to review every week.

The better question is “Which will you play first?” Wow! Final Fantasy is my all-time favorite franchise, one of the core defining pillars of my gaming career, but we haven’t exactly seen eye-to-eye over the last few years. Those strains have been mended recently though, and I am really excited for Final Fantasy XV unlike the fans who falsely blast it for being a silly action game.

On the other hand, during Final Fantasy’s “downtime,” Persona has slipped in to become the most influential JRPG series on consoles. Persona 3 and Persona 4 changed the way a lot of gamers look at the genre, and the fifth game looks to only expand on its revolutionary push into history. It’s hard to believe that Persona 4 was released back in 2008 because it still feels so fresh, but after seven long years of spin-offs and knock-offs, I am definitely ready for something new.

I can’t choose, so I’ll go with neutral answer instead. Square Enix, your answer is…

Dragon Quest VII

Dragon Quest VII. I’ll be to busy pouring hundreds of hours into my Nintendo 3DS to consider the other two options. In the meantime, whichever comes out first is the one I obviously play first.

Persona 5 launches on PlayStation 4 in the summer of 2016. Final Fantasy XV is simply listed as 2016 for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.


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Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...


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