Exclusivity has become something of a death sentence for third-party publishers. If you put your game on more platforms, obviously, you’ll sell a lot more copies. It’s simple logic, right?
It’s not a logic Atlus is following, though. Fans awaiting a Nintendo Switch or even a PC announcement for either Persona 5 or Yakuza 0 won’t be getting one anytime soon. The publisher, currently owned by SEGA, confirmed the games will remain exclusive to PlayStation consoles.
Persona 5 platforms: PS3, PS4.
Yakuza 0 platforms: PS4.
No Switch. No PC. Idk about the box label, that's a Sony thing. pic.twitter.com/8R3Qj36deA
— John Hardin (@JohnLHardin) January 3, 2017
The reference to a label comes from fans speculating that because there is no “exclusive to PlayStation” tag on Persona 5‘s packaging, it still could come to other platforms. Yakuza 0‘s label says it is a “PlayStation 4 console exclusive,” which can be twisted into saying that the game will be coming to PC.
As Atlus states, neither are the case
Atlus can afford the smaller audience
Atlus is not EA, Activision, or even Square Enix. It is a small company under the ownership of SEGA, and because of its small size, it does not need a larger audience to remain profitable. That’s the luxury of aiming towards a niche audience. You can please your fans without spreading yourself too thin and losing control of your product through multiple distribution routes.
PC and Nintendo Switch versions of Persona 5 would be nice, especially because that would make the game portable like Persona 4: Golden, but it’s obvious why the game won’t be coming to it either.
Persona 5 comes to the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on April 4. Yakuza 0 comes to the PlayStation 4 on Jan. 24.