The official Japanese Atlus YouTube channel has finally delivered new details on Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers, the Warriors-esque game from Koei Tecmo and Omega Force. And wow, it really throws a few curve balls in there! The new video is all in Japanese, so we’re working on getting a translation of the details, but what is on display is really something else. For starters, Persona 5 Scramble will release on Feb. 20, 2020 in Japan. But beyond that, the game also seems to feature traditional Persona exploration elements of some kind, and there are even some minor sidescrolling platforming segments! Look at the madness for yourself and enjoy.
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers is going beyond a standard Warriors outing
There are new characters and locations on display, including an ominous dude with glasses and soldiers and a girl with hair that is somehow ponytailed into heart shapes. It is possible there will be some cross-pollination of new characters between Persona 5 Scramble and Persona 5 Royal, though it is at least equally likely each game will keep its new characters to itself for the sake of differentiating the narratives.
On the gameplay front, menus are stylized to appear very similarly to how they do in the original game, which is a welcome touch. The ability to leap between locations makes you feel agile and hints that stealth might play a larger part than in a typical Koei Tecmo / Omega Force Warriors game. That said, there are definitely dramatic crowd control options that dispense enemies on a brutal and beautiful scale. There is also a segment at 1:57 where you can see characters mapped out to different face buttons. This suggests you may be able to swap between characters at will! (Update: Character swapping is confirmed. See below.)
As more details become available on the Japanese end of this Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers trailer, we will provide updates. In the meantime, here’s a look at what appears to be DLC to get additional classic music from other games in the series. (Update: This DLC is apparently free to those who preorder the Japanese version. See below.)
Update #1: Check out the beautiful Japanese box art for the game below. As Japanese Nintendo relates, Persona 5 Scramble will release: “at ¥9,680 for the standard edition or ¥15,180 for the Otakara BOX (with Setting Material Collection, Original Soundtrack, Theme Song Making Movie Blu-ray, Sacoche Bag, Hand Towel, and Box). The early purchase benefit will be DLC of legacy Persona battle themes.”
Update #2: Per Gematsu, Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers takes place after the conclusion of the vanilla game, but there are new mysteries and new palaces suddenly appearing all over Japan. Thus, the Phantom Thieves return to save the day. And yes, you can directly control the Phantom Thieves save for the operator and switch characters according to your need.
Atlus will provide a live stream of the game on YouTube and Twitter on Nov. 4 at 20:00 JST, which is 7:00 a.m. EST by our Google math.