Update: Atlus has officially unveiled the Persona 5 Strikers english trailer, confirming the February 23 release date for PlayStation 4, Switch, and Steam.
Along with the official reveal, the company also announced the Switch version (and only the Switch version, for some reason) will be getting an official steelbook case through Best Buy pre-orders.
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Looks like those store listings from last month were accurate, because Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers finally has a western release date of February 23, 2021, and it will be called Persona 5 Strikers when it heads this way.
News of this came from a leaked then deleted trailer showcasing the English localization, complete with voice acting from the English cast. While the video was removed from Atlus’ official YouTube channel after its apparently early posting, the trailer was seen and posted to sites like Twitter. Thanks Nintendeal!
Persona 5 Strikers coming to Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Steam on February 23, 2021 https://t.co/AheLblxq1o
— Nintendeal (@Nintendeal) December 4, 2020
As the tweet notes, Persona 5 Strikers will also be coming to PC through Stream, which is a first for the game, as it launched on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan earlier this year. The Persona series seems to be slowly but surely working its way into the PC market, having released a Steam port of Persona 4 Golden earlier this year. Other than that, Atlus and P-Studio have yet to put any of the mainline games in the series on platforms outside of PlayStation, with the exception of a Japan-only PC port of the very first game. Even Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal are still PlayStation exclusives despite spin-offs like Strikers and Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth coming to other platforms. After Golden’s success, maybe Strikers will do well enough that Atlus will start looking at bringing more of the series to Steam. But what would be really dope is if Persona 5 Royal were to show up on Switch one day, because it would be perfect for Nintendo’s handheld/console hybrid.
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Persona 5 Strikers is a deviation from the series’ turn-based RPG format, and is a Musou action game in the style of the Dynasty Warriors franchise. Each of the Phantom Thieves will be playable, along with new characters Sophia and Zenkichi Hasegawa. Notably, neither Goro Akechi or Kasumi Yoshizawa are featured in the game, so it’s unclear if Strikers is meant to take place after vanilla Persona 5 or Persona 5 Royal, as the latter would have likely meant they were both included in the whole thing. While the Musou stylings will make up a bulk of the game, it looks like a lot of Persona 5’s social aspects and traveling around its depiction of Tokyo will remain intact, making the game almost a full-blown sequel to the RPG, at this point.
Persona isn’t the only series to get the Musou treatment, and despite Strikers still not being out in the west, it’s not even the most recent franchise to be, as Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity launched on Switch last month. The game acts as a prequel/alternate timeline nonsense of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The Dragon Quest series also tried on the Dynasty Warriors style with Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below and Dragon Quest Heroes II.