Ahead of Persona 5: Scramble’s Japan release tomorrow, check out it’s third and final gameplay trailer.
As western fans wait patiently for their chance to get hands-on Persona 5 Royal next month, Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers launches tomorrow for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. While Persona 5 Royal will essentially serve as an enhanced version of the original P5, Persona 5 Scramble, will be something new entirely. Atlus Japan recently released the game’s final trailer, an action-packed three minutes that shows a lot, including new bosses, comedic event scenes and serious story developments. However, you might want to skip it if you don’t want any spoilers ahead of tomorrow’s launch.
For those unfamiliar with the plot of the new entry, in Persona 5 Scramble, we meet the investigator Zenkichi Hasegawa. He’s been watching the Phantom Thieves and warns that they are under investigation for a certain incident. However, he gives them a chance to solve the mysterious case ahead of time in order to clear their name. Another new character is Sophia who first appears in the form of a giant box before taking the form of a young girl.
In this new game, the Phantom Thieves must travel to different parts of Japan to take down the Palace-like Jails. Each location has its own story with key characters to meet. In Sapporo they’ll check out the romantic city with hot springs and an icy Jail. Sendai will show off its Tanabata festival and food culture, but also a strangely popular light novel author. In Okinawa the crew visit a resort island called Kukojima, known for its lively beach. Lastly, Kyoto and Osaka feature everything from shrines and temples to Zankichi’s home. Where you’ll meet his daughter Akane, a big fan of the Phantom Thieves.
What’s the gameplay like based off the trailer?
This latest trailer has a heavy focus on gameplay footage. It shows players what to expect and how the mechanics might differ from Persona 5. In action, the game looks fast and frenetic, replete with Persona 5‘s comic book pop aesthetic. Atlus’ team said it wants Scramble to be a fun story, a departure in tone from P5 which is more serious in nature. In addition to footage of the player controlling all the different Phantom Thieves – from Joker, Skull, Panther, Mona, Fox, Queen, and Noir. This latest preview also highlighted some of the bosses players will have to fight. The trailer also illuminated even more about AI Sophia and police officer Zenkichi Hasegawa.
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers releases in Japan for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on February 20. A worldwide launch has not yet been announced. A release commemoration stream (YouTube) is also happening today at 19:30 JST. Make sure to still go check it out if you missed it. I’ve been watching it and I gotta say, the game’s soundtrack is fantastic!
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