Earlier this year, Atlus and Koei Tecmo released Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers in Japan, though at the time, no word of a Western release was given. Ever since, fans worldwide have been clamoring for some news on a localization. For its part, Koei Tecmo hasn’t been particularly helpful on the matter, having first mentioned it in an earnings report this summer, before completely ignoring it in a follow-up report a few months later. But thanks to a now-removed trailer on the official Atlus West YouTube channel, we can officially rest easy knowing that in just a few months, on February 23rd, we’ll be able to dive in.
This title deviates from the series’ traditional turn-based RPG mechanics in favor of a Dynasty Warriors-style hack and slash action game. Persona 5 Strikers is a sequel to the PlayStation hit Persona 5, taking place a few months after the events within. When protagonists Joker and Morgana return to Tokyo to reunite with the old crew, they wind up getting more than just a vacation. Instead, they wind up in an alternate version of the city and are once again tasked with investigating mysterious changes in people’s behavior.
It seems as though this trailer wasn’t meant to be seen yet, as it’s currently unavailable on the official channel as of this writing. Given that The Game Awards are next week, it wouldn’t surprise me if it was meant to be revealed during the show. However, if you weren’t one of the eagle-eyed fans (such as Twitter’s own Wario64) to catch the trailer while it was live, there are already reuploads across YouTube. Be sure to check out some screenshots below, as well!
The biggest shock here though (well, outside of the official date) is the announcement of a Steam version, launching simultaneously with the console release. Previously, Persona 5 Strikers was only available on PlayStation 4 and Switch, but with the success of Persona 4 Golden‘s PC port, a PC version isn’t entirely unexpected.
Are you excited to finally be able to play Persona 5 Strikers in the West? I sure am! Now, if I can get my hands to stop shaking with excitement, I’m going to boot up the Japanese demo for another romp!