When Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers was first revealed at Atlus’ Persona Super Live P-Sound Street 2019 concert, and the logos for Koei Tecmo and Omega Force flashed on screen — we basically just thought we were getting a Dynasty Warriors game with a Persona skin. But then more trailers released, and we realized that Persona 5 Scramble is a legitimate, fully realized sequel to the original that just happens to be an action game. But that wasn’t always the case. Koei Tecmo director Kazutoshi Sekiguchi has revealed that, at the very beginning, they had considered a traditional Warriors experience.
But considering the rich and captivating world of the game, this plan quickly evolved. Sekiguchi said, as translated by Siliconera, “in the story-filling stage, we decided to make it into something that delves deeper into the characters of Persona 5. After some twists-and-turns, it ended up becoming an action RPG that told a continuation of Persona 5.” Though to preserve authenticity, the narrative was crafted entirely by Atlus’ Persona team, which is surely how fans would prefer it.
It really sounds like we’re getting the best of both worlds with Persona 5 Scramble: a brand new adventure with cherished characters on Nintendo Switch, but you get to unleash on enemies with the viciousness seen in a Warriors game. Sure, some may have preferred another typical RPG — and longtime readers know what an extreme JRPG purist I am — but to craft a sequel to a beloved game in an entirely different genre is a gutsy thing! How often does that occur? Off the top of my head, I can only think of the three Blue Dragon titles from Mistwalker, all of which were different genres.
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers will release for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in Japan on Feb. 20. There is no word on an international release yet, but it is almost definitely coming.