Atlus has revealed intriguing new information on its upcoming Persona 5 titles. Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers and Persona 5: The Royal. Scramble will be a musou hack and slash game for the Switch and PS4 featuring characters from Persona 5. The Royal will be an updated re-release of Persona 5 for the PS4 with additional characters, locations and animations.
In news that may disappoint some, the project codenamed “Persona 5 S” did not turn out to be a Switch port of Persona 5. Persona 5 scramble is an Atlus/Koei-Tecmo co-production in the vein of Fire Emblem Warriors and Hyrule Warriors, bringing the Dynasty Warriors hack and slash combat to the Persona 5 setting.
The trailer doesn’t give us much information to go on, but judging from previous Warriors spin-offs, we should know what to expect. While it isn’t quite the same as a full version of Persona 5 on the Switch, fans of the Warriors-style gameplay will likely have a blast annihilating legions of enemies with Joker and his friends.
In other news, however, Atlus has given us a closer look at Persona 5: The Royal. The Royal will be an updated version of the original 2017 release, which will be a PS4 exclusive. The trailer shows us a new Phantom Thief, the gymnast Kasumi Yoshizawa, as well as new attack animations and locations. Kasumi will be a new member of Joker’s group who has ties Joker and Goro Akechi, which could significantly change the story from the base game.
Joker also seems to have a grappling hook now, which he uses to get around Palaces. In addition, The Royal adds an additional semester, extending the plot into the next year, as well as new Confidantes.
Overall, The Royal seems to be similar to previous Persona re-releases, such as Persona 3 Portable and Persona 4 Golden, which both added a significant amount of new content. Unfortunately, it won’t be coming to a portable console anytime soon, but if you wanted another reason to jump back into the game and experience the Phantom Thieves’ adventures in a new way, The Royal will likely be a fantastic way to do that.
It seems like Atlus can’t get enough of spinning off their tremendously popular Persona titles. In addition to these upcoming releases, 5’s protagonist Joker has recently debuted as a Smash Bros fighter, three rhythm games have been produced, as well as the upcoming Persona themed Etrian Odyssey spinoff series, Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth.
Persona 5: The Royal will release on the PS4 worldwide sometime in 2020. Persona 5 Scramble does not have a confirmed release date, but it does have a Japanese website.