Thank you to Koei Tecmo for finally speaking into existence a western localization of Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers, the Dynasty Warriors-styled spin-off of the JRPG series.
Persona 5 Scramble has been a known quantity for awhile, having launched in Japan back in February for the PlayStation 4 and Switch. But there’d been no official word on a western launch of the Phantom Thieves’ next adventure until Koei Tecmo’s most recent financial statement. In the statement Persona 5 Scramble was listed in the company’s “packaged games” category, specifically for “the West” under its planned release region. Unfortunately, there’s no mention of a specific release date at the moment.
Here’s the slide in question, courtesy of Persona Central:
While the combat of Persona 5 Scramble will be akin to a Dynasty Warriors hack and slash, the entire game is actually more of full blown sequel to the original Persona 5, with chances to travel around its recreation of Tokyo and explore its social elements that fans of the series will recognize from the mainline games. Will it make good on some of the series’ known issues like not treating its abuse victim with an ounce of dignity? Probably not.
Even though this is the first time anyone involved has mentioned Persona 5 Scramble’s western launch in any official capacity, there wasn’t really any doubt the game would make its way stateside. The series has had great success in the west, and Persona 5 Royal, the enhanced re-release of the original game, has sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide. Given the seemingly inevitable western launch , Scramble’s absence at various digital showcases has been perplexing, especially at the New Game+ Expo, which was Japanese centric and Atlus was already there showing off games during the presentation.
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Even so, it’s not like Persona fans have been left wanting for much right now. Persona 5 Royal just launched in the west back in March and is very good, in our opinion. In September, the anime adaptation Persona 5 The Animation is finally getting a dub, even if English dialogue isn’t going to salvage a misguided recreation of a 100-hour game into an animated series. Here’s hoping it ends up on streaming services because that shelf price for the Blu-Ray set is atrocious.
While there’s still plenty of Persona 5 coming, the game has seen a pretty hefty spin-off support beyond Scramble and The Animation. Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight launched back in 2018, and while the rhythm game was fun and it was nice to see the Phantom Thieves again, the game could have probably used another year of spin-offs and anime to draw from for its soundtrack, which was comparatively weak compared to its Persona 3 and Persona 4 equivalents. Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, a sequel to the dungeon crawling Nintendo 3DS game from 2014, launched in the west in 2019, and featured casts from all three of the “modern” Persona games, with Persona 5’s cast playing a central role.