The official Atlus West Twitter account shared the milestone earlier today (April 18) alongside some original art from the game’s character designer Masayuki Doi.
Shin Megami Tensei 5 was released worldwide on Nintendo Switch in November 2021, making it the first game in the series to launch simultaneously across the globe.
Shin Megami Tensei V has sold 1 million units worldwide! ✨
— Official ATLUS West (@Atlus_West) April 18, 2022
According to Atlus in 2015, the previous game in the series Shin Megami Tensei 4 sold over 600,000 copies worldwide, making its sequel the best selling game in the series to date. The overall sales of Shin Megami Tensei 5 have been quite fast, as Atlus announced this January that the game had sold 800,000 copies.
In NME’s full five star review of Shin Megami Tensei 5, Dom Peppiatt said: “Those possessed of a dedication to weather its sand-blasted, ruined world will uncover a treasure that’ll lodge in their minds like a revelation. This is hardcore role-playing at its most efficient, dressed up in a bleak, nihilistic story and given life by a compendium of demons that make Pokemon look amateurish. God only knows how a follow-up could top this.”
Despite the success of Shin Megami Tensei 5 the series that started off as a SMT spin-off, Persona, is currently doing better in regards to global sales. As Persona 5 Royal had sold 1.8million units as of March 2021, and action-orientated spin off Persona 5 Strikers had sold 1.3million as well.
For those wishing to listen to some Persona music on the go, the soundtracks to Persona 5, Persona 5 Royal and Persona 5 Strikers are all currently available on Spotify.