Persona 5 sequel given February release date in Japan

Persona 5 sequel given February release date in Japan

The sequel to one of the most critically acclaimed Japanese role-playing games (JRPG) will be released this February in Tokyo.

Persona 5 is regarded as one of the best-selling PlayStation 4 titles in the console’s history, having shipped more than a staggering 2.7 million units since its launch in 2017.

It is chronologically the sixth instalment in the series while also being part of the wider Shin Megami Tensei franchise.

Previous entries typically have an updated version sold at a later date, such as Persona 4 Golden.

The same tradition is being followed again with Persona 5 Royal, which has a Japan release date set for October 31. The Western version is expected sometime in early 2020.

It will introduce a new ‘confidant’ who will be a companion to the Phantom Thieves in their journey while also adding a new semester to the calendar year and an additional ‘Palace’ (Palaces are the cognitive worlds of warped adults who turn into villains within them).

Despite Royal not having been released yet, Atlus has announced a sequel to the highly popular title dubbed as ‘Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers’.

Interestingly, the spin-off looks set to change genres from a JRPG to an action role-playing game (ARPG).

It looks as though it will be set six months after the events of Persona 5 with the Phantom Thieves enjoying their summer vacation before becoming engrossed in a new incident.

Mysterious occurrences begin appearing throughout Japan – possibly revealing that the ‘Palaces’ have returned despite Joker and co’s efforts in P5 – forcing them to become heroes once again.

The Phantom Strikers is ready to hit the shelves in February for residents of Japan, though there is no news for when it could launch for the US and Europe. It will, however, be available on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

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