Atlus has officially announced their crossover title with Koei Tecmo Persona 5 Strikers for North American release. The Phantom Thieves are striking back in the highly anticipated Persona 5 Strikers, set for release on February 23, 2021 for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam.
Plans for a localization were initially revealed in July of 2020. However, there were no additional details regarding the game until December 4, when a trailer was leaked and then taken down in the span of a few minutes. Atlus posted a teaser for Persona 5 Strikers later that, indicating the game is on its way to North America. Now, it’s official.
Persona 5 Strikers takes place six months after the events of Persona 5/Persona 5 Royal, with the return of the original cast and the addition of new characters. The story focuses on the main character, known as Joker, and his friends as they reunite for a summer vacation road trip. However, their plans are thwarted when strange cases begin erupting in various locations in Japan and a desperate detective forcibly enlists their help, threatening to arrest Joker otherwise. The team discovers another dimension where its ruler imprisons innocent people and their heart’s desires are surrendered to them against their will. This time rather than stealing hearts, the Phantom Thieves are set on returning hearts and taking down the threat of corruption that stands before them.
Released only initially in Japan initially, and localized as Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers, Persona 5 Strikers is essentially a crossover between Atlus’ Persona series and Koei Tecmo’s Dynasty Warriors. The game combines the features of an active battle system with some turn-based inspired pause-and-plan elements to create a new and innovative fighting experience. All of the returning Phantom Thieves with the addition of a new character Sophie will be playable, as well as the Cat Bus that character Morgana transforms into throughout the series.
Persona 5 Strikers brings players on a road trip across Japan, visiting 6 different locations, helping people in need, and even learning to cook delicious local recipes in their respective regions. With the introduction of a brand new story, new characters, and new gameplay, Persona 5 Strikers is a title that will not only cater to returning fans, but to new players as well.
Persona 5 Strikers is set to release in North America on February 23rd, 2021. The game will be available on the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch, plus it will be available for the firs time on Steam. This marks the second title in the Persona series to be playable on Steam, after Persona 4 Golden, possibly hinting that more Persona titles could follow. Preorders for Persona 5 Strikers begin on December 10, 2020.