Forums: Index > Temple of Gaia > Could the Persona series swallow up the rest of the series?

Think of how Shin Megami Tensei started. Before that, it was just Megami Tensei games. But for whatever reason they decided to create what was then a spin-off series, Shin Megami Tensei, and after a few more games, it became so huge that it became the main series, swallowing up its ancestors, Megami Tensei. More spin-offs were to follow, most of which are now obscure. But, in 1996, one of the spin-off series that didn't fall into obscurity became a hit not just in Japan, but eventually in the West too. This, of course, is the Persona series. Nowadays, Persona is huge, and I mean it when I say it. I swear that Megami Tensei fans talk about it more than the main series, know more about it than the main series, and when someone says "Shin Megami Tensei", they'll probably think Persona. That worries me in a way. Atlus hasn't bothered to dedicate itself to continuing the main series since Strange Journey, and that SMT game for the 3DS still hasn't been identified (unless it turns out to be Devil Survivor 2). I worry that, in time, the Persona series will swallow up the Shin Megami Tensei part of the main series into obscurity and become the series, just like what happened to the original Megami Tensei. GalaxiaWild 08:48, November 13, 2011 (UTC)

The "main" SMT series has always released titles rather slowly. The series has been around since the 80s, yet the "main" line only has 4 games, not to mention there was a noticeable (to me at least) time gap between II and III and III and IV. Not to mention, there are still those Devil Summoner games out there, Devil Survivor's getting a sequal, there is that new Cathrine thing, and so on. Persona isn't going to "swallow up" anything. Also remember that the original Megami Tensei was a licensed game, and SMT "swallowing" it is a different case than just "it got popular". I am not sure of the legal situation around all that, but SMT presumably gave them title recognition from the previous games without having to continue to pay for the license. (Or maybe they do and still are? I honestly don't know)--Otherarrow 13:41, November 13, 2011 (UTC)