The Persona series was initially intended to showcase more accessible versions of the original Shin Megami Tensei formula, but the first two games remained extremely successful until 2006, when Persona 3 was released. It is safe to say that the series is not only separate from Shin Megami Tensei, but that it has replaced its parent series as Atlus'' signature work.
The Persona games are known for being long, and to some peoples dismay, the series titles just became shorter as the franchise developed, with an average playthrough of the vanilla version of Persona 5 being able to reach the 100-hour mark. However, Atlus is currently considering regressing in certain ways, although it would be better if it were shorter than its predecessor.
The Overwhelming Length of Persona 5
RPGs, especially JRPGs, are mostly popular because to their versatility in terms of storytelling in comparison to other popular platforms such as platformers, shooters, and fighting games. Unlike regular games, RPGs are usually focused on achieving achievement in terms of narrative. This is because of the lack of advanced, layered plots that are usually directed toward the conclusion. The genres games are generally longer than most.
The third Persona game, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3, which was released on PS2, is reportedly 82 hours long, implying that the subsequent updated rereleases, FES and Portable, are likely even longer due to their additional content. On average, Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal are roughly 100 and 120 hours long, beating every previous Persona game and single-player titles.
More hours of a story that reimagined people worldwide and transformed an increasingly popular series can easily backfire. Despite the fact that people, especially adults, who are supposedly part of Personas target audience, do not have all the time in the world to play games. It should not be a reason for the mandatory main storyline to be longer than most peoples playtime in an average multiplayer game.
Persona 6 would certainly benefit from being shorter than Persona 5, but Persona 3 and 4 as well. Not only are people more busy, but they currently live in a society that is not demanding as long as attention spans go. Unlike other games, persons may vary depending on their tastes, lifestyle, and personality, but it also benefits from a bit of dedication. In addition, this may be the case for RPGs, which may easily alienate individuals depending on their appearance, lifestyle, and even personality, even with the same popularity
Persona may not be able to attract new fans, as the fan base is larger than it has ever been, and hardcore fans will stick with the series regardless of whether the campaign takes them 100 hours to beat. However, one thing to keep an eye on is that Persona 5 might still attract more people than Persona 5. One of the most important concerns is that Persona 5 might win over any detractors.
Persona is one of those series that is fast guaranteed to succeed once a new mainline game is released. Persona 6 has nothing to lose, and much more to gain if it prevented itself from following its welcome. Another aspect of Persona 5''s writing was questioned.
Persona 6 is in development.