It seems that Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers will finally arrive in America and Europe after its release on February 20 in Japan and June 18 in Asia on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. This was shared in the last financial presentation by Koei Tecmo.
The game has appeared on the slide listing the games it was planning to launch in the West, with no release date yet. However, we must remember that Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers has not yet been announced for this territory, so this is the first time that the company claims that it will be launched in America and Europe officially.
Here are the details:
Story and characters:
- As the characters travel to the various cities of Japan, Atlus hopes to bring out aspects to the characters not shown in Persona 5.
- They want to depict Phantom Thieves as teenagers having fun. There is a notion of wanting to reward the Phantom Thieves that worked so hard in Persona 5.
- The setting consists of more than just the five cities that have been previously announced.
- Sophia (voiced by Misaki Kuno) is a girl the Phantom Thieves meet in a different world. She cooperates with the Phantom Thieves in hopes of being a good neighbor to humans. Her codename is Sophie, and her weapons are a yo-yo and blaster. She specializes in recovery skills. She controls a being similar to a Persona called “Pithos.”
- Zenkichi Hasegawa (voiced by Shinichiro Miki) is a public safety police officer. At this point it is currently unknown whether he will become an ally or not. Both Zenkichi and Sophia are heavily involved in the main story.
- A “Baton Pass” system for changing characters is included. Change characters in real-time while striking the enemies weaknesses.
- All-Out Attacks can be activated without stopping the flow of action.
- Each character has different parameters, weapons, and play style.
- Each character has their own HP, so switch up characters when you are in a pinch.
- Character growth also affects strategy.
- Enemies appear as enemy symbols on the map, and when you touch them, battle will begin. You can also encounter enemies by shooting them. Also, by successfully sneak-encountering enemies from behind the back or overhead, you can start the battle at an advantage as a chance encounter.
- Sophie is a good character to use for beginners. She has a technical element that advanced players can also enjoy, where by connecting attacks with good timing, she can expand her power and range. She can charge her power with the Triangle button. Her charged shot can possibly paralyze the enemy.
- Panther uses a whip. She fights with magic more so than power. Among her attacks is a fire attack unleashed by Carmen. By pressing the Triangle button, she can enchant her whip with fire to deal fire attribute damage and attacks. She can also enchant while attacking. She can also lower the enemy’s attack power with the “Tarunda” skill.
- All of Skull’s special attacks can be charged. By charging, “Zio” can become “Mazio.” While it takes some time to charge, Skull can activate super armor to take hits without recoil (the damage is slightly reduced).
- Strategy is an important element of battle, and it can be very difficult to win with power alone.
- By lowering the down gauge in mid-boss battles, a special All-Out Attack can be activated.
- Analysis allows you to check enemy weaknesses and parameter status. For example, when an enemy’s defense is lowered by “Rakunda,” you can check this information via analysis.
- Boss battles can be made easier through debuffing.
- During battle, a party member may suggest an attack at particular timing where they can unleash an effective attack. By following through on their suggestion, you will switch to that character as soon as the attack begins.
- There is also an easy mode for users who only want to enjoy the story. Difficulty can be changed at any time during the game.