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Atlus Announces 'Persona 5' Meets 'Dynasty Warriors'-Style Game, 'Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers'

Atlus closed out their two-day Persona concert in Tokyo on Thursday with the announcement of a Dynasty Warriors-style Persona 5 spin-off, titled Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers.

Altus is partnering with Tecmo Koei’s Omega Force team, which has previously developed other games in the musou style, or 3D-beat 'em up games where the player faces large hordes of enemies at once. Omega Force has worked on the mainline Dynasty Warriors series, Samurai Warriors, and spin-offs such as The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Warriors, One Piece: Pirate Warriors, Fire Emblem Warriors and more

Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers is expected to be available on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. There’s currently no release date or window for the game. However, we did get a brief teaser for the title featuring Joker, in classic musou fashion, facing off against a large horde of shadows in the Shibuya Scramble with his persona Arsene fighting by his side.

Notably, the personas, Pyro Jack and Pixie appeared as normal enemy shadows. The persona Archangel also appears, as what seems to be a mid-level boss type enemy. It appears the game will also make an attempt to replicate Persona 5’s stylized combat, as we can see the word “weak” appear above an enemy head when Joker hits them.

The trailer concludes with a brief shot of a new, red-headed character and a voiceover stating, "A new story is beginning."

Prior to Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers’ official announcement, the game floated around as a rumor amongst fan communities under the name P5S. Many assumed the game would be a straight P5 Switch port, extrapolating the rumored title to mean “Persona 5 Switch.” A musou game was possibly the last direction most fans expected the series to go in.

However, there were a few hints along the way. Japanese gaming weekly Famitsu held a poll in 2015 asking fans the top 10 series they’d like adapted into a musou game. Persona placed number 10 on the list, prompting the Persona PR rep to state, “It would be interesting if we made that one day.” Persona's parent series, Shin Megami Tensei, made the list as well. In response to that, Shin Megami Tensei producer, Kazuyuki Yamai provided an open invitation to their makers, stating, "Get in touch with us anytime."

Another hint appeared earlier this week. Developer Tecmo Koei sent Atlus flowers on April 24, as reported by Persona Central.

Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers isn’t the only upcoming title for the RPG Series. Yesterday, Atlus announced Persona 5 The Royal, an improved edition of Persona 5 for PlayStation 4. The Royal is set to launch in Japan this October and release in the west during 2020.

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