Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers Heads West in February 2021

Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers will release in the West after all, continuing the Phantom Thieves' saga in grand musou fashion.

Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers releases February 23 in the U.S. and Europe for PC via Steam, PS4, and Nintendo Switch. It will also technically be available on PS5 via backwards compatibility. Atlus is also releasing a digital deluxe version of P5 Scramble that unlocks the game early, on February 19.

The Persona 5 Scramble digital deluxe edition includes a digital artbook, behind the scenes videos of the game's making, and a special Persona legacy soundtrack with music from:

So far, the only additional bonuses for those picking up the physical edition include a Joker pin from GameStop and a steelbook from Best Buy, but only for the Switch version.

Persona 5 Scramble follows the events of Persona 5, as the Phantom Thieves set out on a road trip across Japan. At least, that's the plan. But new character Zenkichi Hasegawa ropes the Thieves into investigating a series of phenomena on threat of arresting Joker if they refuse.

In place of Persona's traditional turn-based combat, Persona 5 Scramble revolves around musou-style combat, with gameplay similar to Hyrule Warriors. From what we were able to play when the game's demo released earlier in 2020, it's an absolute blast.

Despite changing gameplay styles, social links still exist in Persona 5 Scramble, and the Thieves will return to some of their old haunts, such as Leblanc Cafe, as well.

It's worth noting Persona 5 Scramble is a sequel to the original Persona 5. Since Atlus developed Scramble concurrently with Persona 5 Royal, it has no tie-ins with the latter's additional story content.

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Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Dec. 8th 2020

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