Square Enix Wants To Know: Final Fantasy XV Or Persona 5?

Square Enix Wants To Know: Final Fantasy XV or Persona 5?

Next year will see the release of two massive, time-devouring JRPGs that many people have been anticipating for close to a decade: Final Fantasy XV and Persona 5. So Square Enix is asking the question on everyone's mind: Which one are you gonna buy?

In a survey on their website today — as first spotted by the website Gematsu.com — Square asks prospective buyers to imagine a world in which FFXV and Persona come out around the same time (next summer). In that scenario, Square asks, which would you prefer? There's no option for "both," so you'll have to envision a scenario where you have to pick one to play first.

Right now Persona 5 is slated for next summer, and FFXV is just "2016," with Square promising a March event in which they will announce an actual release date. The two games might land pretty close to one another. So Square's question is a good one, and it's a question I want to take to you, my Kotaku brethren. Which game will you get first?


    Por que no los dos?

      or... ORRRRR... You could consider just having a crunchy freakin taco and not be a heathen; just sayin'.

        Soft taco is best taco.

        And don't even get me started on tortillas! (Spanish tortilla is best tortilla).

          I want to down vote you for a joke... but getting moderated sucks :P

      i'd like to say Kingdom Hearts 3, but we wont see that for a few years

    I'm going Persona 5 because I hope there will be waifus. I'm pretty sure waifus will be limited in FFXV...

      Bromance is almost as good as waifus, right?

        You can take the bro out of a bromance but you can't take the romance out of a bro.

        Persona 4 had bromance too though!

    To be honest Persona 5 has my interest more than FF XV at the moment because it has the more interesting world. That said though, I'll be waiting to see how both review before playing one or the other or even *gaspiola* both. What a world we live in where we can like and buy/play two games at once.

      I dunno, I think FFXV looks less interesting from the outside but will be as interesting in action. Final Fantasy world's never seem that appealing to me until I actually start moving around in them. The cast is copping a lot more flak this time which is sort of killing the mood even though it may not be a great way to judge the game itself.
      Meanwhile I'm super excited for Persona 5 even though I know next to nothing about it. I'm a bit worried that by linking it so closely to Persona 4 I'm setting myself up for disappointment.

      What a world we live in where we can like and buy/play two games at once.

      And the way FFXV is I'm still not convinced we'll see it within a year of Persona 5 anyway. =P

      [Edit: All that rambling aside I'm glad they're asking the question. Square-Enix don't always make the best decisions but I think overall they work better when they're aware that they're facing competition.]

      Last edited 18/12/15 3:54 pm

      Me too. FFXV's demo left me completely cold between the awful camera and clunky controls - just make it a proper action game FFS. Type-0 left me similarly nonplussed so I guess I just don't like the designer's style.

      Persona 5 by a mile for me. But I'll probably get both because it's FF :(

        I was quite taken with the FFXV demo.

        The controls did take some getting used to but I was pleasantly surprised at how layered it became by eliminating the need to focus of the base attack, allowing for a fresh take on the hack and slash genre while retaining RPG elements.

    which one gets released on the WiiU?

      Son... I don't know how to tell you this... but your dog died.

    Atlus overtook Square some time ago as my favorite JRPG developer.

    Persona 5 no contest.

    Whichever one comes with a character called CIDney

    I am voting FFIX because it was literally the last time I was fully invested in a JRPG.

    Wow, I thought this was going to be a very 1 sided vote but 25k+ votes later...

    I'm buying both. (Hi @jimu!) But I'm more hyped for FF15, so that gets the vote.

      Blasphemy. We will resume this conversation once both games are released! D=

        Never played a Persona title! I am immune to the fanboying.
        Watched one of the anime series a few years ago. T'was a little dull and depressing.

          My god. This is beyond blasphemy. How do you sleep at night??!

            P4G is in my top 10 GoAT, those anime are complete shit

            With happy dreams of that excellent movie, Spirits Within. :)

          P3P was my first Persona. Never watched any of the anime but I think that a lot of the fun in Persona comes from shipping various potential waifus (or husbandos) with MC.

          Not nearly as dull and depressing as the Final Fantasy anime (Final Fantasy Unlimited) IMO. And there have at least two Persona anime to date...

          I would vote "both"; there's still a dearth of decent JRPGs being released at the moment. But I voted P5 because, Squeenix being Squeenix, FFXV will probably be a 2017 release.

      Yeah, both P5 looks better atm.

      Both are 5/7 games.

        Brendan. No.

    never even touched a persona game... ever.

    So I can only vote one way

    Final Fantasy xv because i actually enjoyed xiii-2,tried playing persona but I couldn't handle the time progression thing.

    Nier Automata will be the jrpg to beat in 2016

    I'm excited for both, but I have more excitement for FFXV purely because I've been waiting... what, is it 8 years now?

    I can't believe Persona 5 isn't the clear winner.

    For shame, Kotaku comments section. I thought you were better than this.

    Persona 5, assuming I actually pull my finger out and finish P4G by then.

    I'd like to suggest something else - A spiritual successor or remake of Terranigma

    FFXV!!!! Sexy Boy Band Road Trip!!!!

    In all seriousness, I'll get both. More excited for P5 though...

    Persona has not given me a string of letdowns in recent memory so I trust Atlus to make a good game more than I do Squeenix right now.

    Persona 5 is the priority for this house. I would imagine at some point we'll get FF but Persona 5 is THE anticipated game here. Persona 5 would even win out over Half Life 3.

    OK that's a lie. But it would come very, very close.

    Final Fantasy lost its access to my wallet long long ago.

    Persona (and the whole Shin Megami Tensei series), on the other hand, always goes beyond my expectation.

    Witcher 3 Blood and Wine..... (I'll show myself out)

    So do we want the sequel to the RPG series that has had two excellent previous installments, engaging stories with relatable characters and a willingness to stick to and refine tried and true JRPG combat mechanics, or a sequel to the series that has been going downhill for years, whose last installment was famously bad and who still keep trying to reinvent the wheel with awkward real-time/turn-based hybrid systems?

    Yeah, going for P5 on this one.

    Definitely FF15 for me. Evrr since it was versus, I've adored every piece of media released for it. It managed to evoke similar emotions to what I felt when FF7 came out. And now that it's for next-gen, I'm even more excited.

    That said, I'm skeptical that it can fulfil my expectations, so I suspect persona (which I also adore) has a greater chance of being the "better" game.

    Neither. Still waiting for a new proper Front Mission.

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