Ever since the initial reveal of Persona 5 Scramble back in April, fans have been eager to get more details on the upcoming Musou/RPG hybrid game from Atlus and Koei Tecmo. After months of waiting, we finally have some new details on the title, as well as a release date. Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers will hit both Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch on February 20th, 2020 in Japan. As for the western release, nothing has been said yet but it’s likely we’ll hear something in the coming months similarly to how Persona 5: Royal’s release announcement was handled. We also got our first look at the cover art for the game on both platforms.
— Persona Central (@Persona_Central) October 24, 2019
As the trailer itself is in Japanese, we relied on the notorious Persona series fan translator @MysticDistance for additional details. The game itself takes place half a year after the ending of Persona 5 where the Phantom Thieves of Hearts reunite for summer vacation but get involved in trouble once again when mysterious occurrences start taking place across Japan. Mystic notes that the official site specifically mentions that it’s a sequel to Persona 5 and not Persona 5: Royal so it remains to be seen whether or not the newest member of the group, Kasumi will be present. A new female character named Sophie appears, but her backstory is completely unknown as of now.
The main gameplay loop of Musou games is the hack and slash/beat em’ up elements but it looks like this game wants to add even more onto that formula. Overworld areas, social elements and even the calendar system seem to be present which will surely be a nice way to move the story along and give breaks to the constant combat found in this genre. A variety of locations were shown including the beach, a shopping mall and the city. There even appeared to be some 2D styled segments in the trailer. In combat, you will be able to take control of not only Joker, but other members of the Phantom Thieves as well.
Additionally, DLC background music will be available for first print copies of the game and will presumably be sold for an additional cost later on. The DLC music spans the entire Persona franchise from 1-4 including fan favorite titles like Mass Destruction and Time To Make History. A ‘Treasure Box” edition of the game will also be sold and include additional goodies such as an art book and the full soundtrack.
Atlus has announced a special "TREASURE BOX" edition of Persona 5 Scramble, which will feature the game, an art book, the complete OST, a special box and other contents. #P5S pic.twitter.com/FMy5DMCNU3
— Spooky Mystic (@MysticDistance) October 24, 2019
Are you excited for Persona 5 Scramble and the series debut on the Nintendo Switch? More details are set to drop on November 4th so stay tuned.
Persona 5 is currently available for PS4 with the enhanced Persona 5: The Royal hitting Japan store shelves on October 31st.