by Evan Calderon,
During the electric Persona Super Live P-Sound Street 2019 Concert, Sega and Atlus announced two brand new Persona 5 games that will be headed to consoles. The concert, which featured live music from the Persona series, spanned two days and was followed up by the announcement once the performances had concluded. These announcements were a follow up to a teaser that promised news of Persona 5R earlier this year, and a few websites teasing these games.
The first title announced was Persona 5 The Royal, or simply Persona 5 Royal in the east. The footage was shown off for the first time, and we got a clear understanding of what the title would be. Following in the footsteps of Persona 4 Golden, Persona 5 Royal is an expansion of the base game, with tweaks to original content while also adding much more. The most notable addition is a new Phantom Thief that will be joining the story, Kasumi Yoshizawa. There are new confidants added as well. The one featured so far is a school counselor who joins the story after the events of the first palace of the game. There is also a large expansion of time in the form of another term of school, which adds a large number of extra days to the story of the game. Overall, there are many new changes in both gameplay and story from that of the base game, all of which seem very substantial. The game has a release date of October 31st in Japan, but only a 2020 timeframe for the U.S. and Europe, and will be released on PS4.
The next title shown is a spin-off game in the form of Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers. The game is a Persona 5 themed “Warriors” game, in which the player must mow down dozens of enemies on screen in spectacular fashion. The trailer shows Persona 5 protagonist Joker, alongside his main Persona Arsene, fighting a horde of enemy demons in Shibuya. Not much else was shown off about this title, but judging by how most “Warrior” titles work, we can expect plenty of enemy variety and most of the Persona 5 cast to also join in on the action. There was no release window given for the game, but it will be releasing on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
The popularity of the Persona franchise has certainly increased, with the massive success of Persona 5, and the exposure from being in one of Nintendo’s biggest games, Super Smash Bros. There are other domains registered for other potential Persona titles down the line, and with so many new fans of the series, where Atlus decides to take Persona next will certainly be on peoples radar.