After basically an entire year of radio silence, it looks like Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers might be coming westward fairly soon.
News of this came from several Asian retailers, all of which are listing the Musou-style sequel for an English launch on February 23, 2021. Persona Central compiled the listings, and they include Pakistani retailer Toy or Game and Singapore retailer Qisahn, as well as a Facebook post from Indonesian retailer PS Enterprise saying the listings were made by the supplier, and confirmed the February 23 date for “Region 3,” which refers to Southeast Asia. While that alone wouldn’t signal much for the west, the major differentiating factor here is that these listings include note of a English voice acting and subtitles. The game has already been released in the same region, but specifically in Chinese and Korean, with no English audio. This does mean that English localization will be complete by then, should the date turn out to be accurate.
As of this writing, Atlus hasn’t outwardly mentioned a western release for Persona 5 Scramble, but Koei Tecmo did say the game would be launching in the west at some point in a financial statement back in July. Should these listings be accurate and a western release happen around the same time, that would put a full calendar year between the Japanese launch and the western launch, as the spin-off sequel launched on PlayStation 4 and Switch in Japan on February 20 of this year.
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers is set six months after the base Persona 5, and trades turn-based combat for a hack-and-slash game along the lines of Dynasty Warriors. Persona isn’t the only series to get the Dynasty Warriors treatment before, with The Legend of Zelda getting two games in the series’ style with Hyrule Warriors, and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, which is set to launch on Friday, November 20. Dragon Quest also had two spin-off games in the style, with Dragon Quest Heroes and Dragon Quest Heroes II launching in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
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While western fans didn’t get Scramble this year, they did get the definitive edition of Persona 5 called Persona 5 Royal back in March. The re-up of the 2016 RPG brought in new content to an already lengthy game, as well as improved some quality-of-life issues, and even got some updates to the game’s infamously rough localization, both in writing clarity and in changing some less than tasteful content. Even if it didn’t go all the way in making the game more approachable to queer people.
If you want to get in on Persona 5 before the sequel comes out, Persona 5 Royal is definitely the place you should start, rather than the original game. If you decide to try it out, be sure to check out some of our guides, including Confidants, crossword puzzle answers, and how to unlock the game’s true ending.