After months of waiting and teasers that tease more teasers, Atlus finally revealed what exactly Persona 5R and Persona 5S will be. On April 24, Atlus released a Japanese trailer showing Persona 5 Royal, an updated deluxe version of the original hit JRPG. The very next day, they revealed that Persona 5S is in fact not a Nintendo Switch port of the original game, but instead a musou action RPG by Omega Force, the company behind the Dynasty Warrior games. This game is titled, Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers.
According to the new trailer and website of the game, translated by PersonaCentral, Persona 5 Royal will introduce a new main character, Kasumi Yoshizawa, a transfer student at Shujin Academy. It was revealed in a previous trailer that she does not agree with the actions of the Phantom Thieves. We know Kasumi will eventually join the main gang of characters due to screenshots on the website, but it will be interesting to see exactly how this plays out. She will not be an alternate protagonist, which many speculated, so it’s safe to say that particular rumor is now null and void.
The trailer also revealed brand new confidants including Takuto Maruki, a school counselor at Shujin Academy. The website also shows what appears to be Morgana, the cat mascot of Persona 5, as a human. According to the translation, this pretty anime boy uses similar phrases that would be akin to Morgana. He’s seen in one screenshot sitting on Joker’s couch, swooning over Ann, which is a trademark for the character throughout the original game. The name of the character is Ikeman, which literally translates to “good-looking man.” Only time will tell if he is actually Morgana in human form or a new character thirsting over Lady Ann.
Persona 5 Royal will also feature a brand new explorable area of Tokyo: Kichijoji, a shopping district that will have plenty of brand new hang out spots for you and your friends to do activities in. The game will also expand the in-game calendar by an entire semester as well as add what appears to be a brand new palace, perhaps related to the new character, Kasumi. The trailer also reveals new Velvet room functions, more enemies, new special moves for your teammates, new cutscenes, and graphical improvements for the PS4 Pro version of the game.
The game will release as a PS4 exclusive on October 31, 2019, in Japan, and later in the West as well as the rest of Asia, sometime in 2020.
Fans of games like Dynasty Warriors, Hyrule Warriors, or Fire Emblem Warriors will be excited about Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers, which appears to be very similar to other games by Omega Force. A short trailer shows Joker fighting off hordes of enemies and unleashing powerful special moves, a trademark of these games. Many Switch owners were disappointed by this announcement, as many were hoping for a port of vanilla Persona 5 to the Switch, due to Joker’s recent inclusion in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Sadly, this is not the case, but perhaps we will be surprised by an announcement at E3, 2019.
The game will be releasing on the Nintendo Switch and PS4, with no word on a release date for Japan or the west.
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