The Persona series’ director and producer Kazuhisa Wada recently sat down for an interview with Sega Asia. Wada discussed the Persona series’ evolution, as well as its recent transition to consoles like the Nintendo Switch with Persona 5 Royal and other titles. Here’s a portion from the interview in which he mentions the challenges involved with getting the game running on less advanced hardware:

Q: With how different the hardware is for each platform, I imagine that porting P5R to the Nintendo Switch was quite a difficult process.

Wada: Yes, SEGA really saved us there. [laughs] Thanks to their help on the technical side and in other ways, we were able to fully optimize P5R for all platforms. [As previously reported, Sega assumed the lead on the development of Persona 5 Royal‘s ports.]

Q: What else was difficult about preparing for a multi-platform release?

Wada: Unlike consoles, Steam is used on an endless variety of hardware and specs, so taking care of the framerate was our first task. Also, a surprisingly large portion of users prefer to play RPGs with a mouse and implementing mouse and keyboard support with the UI was quite difficult.

Another challenging aspect was managing version control for multiple platforms all at the same time.

Luckily, SEGA was there to provide their expertise in the adaptation! Wada also gave his thoughts on the future of the Persona franchise, and the team’s intentions to get even more fans on board for upcoming games:

Q: I’m sure there are a lot of things that you can’t divulge yet, but how will the Persona series continue to grow in the future?

Wada: We are working on various ways to bring the Persona series to a wider audience. I can’t say any specifics at this time, but please look forward to it.

Q: Are there any game genres you want to experiment with while using the world and characters of Persona?

Wada: We’ve already done the genres that I wanted to, like fighting games and rhythm games. We also tried out the action genre with Persona 5 Strikers. The action genre is quite popular worldwide, we’d like to try making another game in that genre later on.

Click here to read the full interview for more insight into the Persona series. Stay tuned for news on future Persona games coming to Switch.

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