Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers, an off-shoot from the mainline Persona 5, will be coming to the West after all. Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers is already out on PlayStation 4 and Switch in Japan. The game blends the Mosou style of games that Koei Tecmo is famous for with the iconic RPG franchise to create quite the experience.
The hack-and-slash game came out first in Japan on February 20, 2020. Since then, there has been some fervor over having the game localized for other regions. Seeing that wish finally come true is great for fans.
Koei Tecmo, one of the developers of Scramble, announced the localization during the financial review for the first quarter of their fiscal year ending March 2021. The titles yet to be released section contained Persona 5 Scramble listed as a PlayStation 4 and Switch game arriving in “the West.”
So the game is coming to North America and Europe, but there’s no clear indicator as to when. As of now, no specific release date was stated, and there is no clear indication if there will be a split release. Having to release a game both in North America and Europe often means a bit of a delay between versions. This comes down to a variety of reasons, but it’s kind of accepted as a fact of life in regional ports. Koei Tecmo has not yet confirmed if this is the case though, so that’s somewhat of an unknown.
The Persona series is very popular internationally. It has grown over the years into a niche titan of sorts, with the mainline games easily selling millions of copies. And while the Mosou style of games doesn’t enjoy nearly the level of polish and popularity that Persona does, the combination is doubtlessly going to draw some interest nonetheless.