Given Joker’s release in Smash Ultimate, multiple rumors, and Best Buy’s accidental leak, most speculated that “P5S” would be a Nintendo Switch port of Persona 5. Atlus laughs in our faces, and throws us something entirely out of left field. P5S is no Switch port – it’s Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers, an entirely new musou game.

Following Atlus’ announcement of Persona 5: The Royal (P5R) for the PS4, Persona 5 Scramble (P5S) has been announced! The game is set to release for both the PS4 and the Nintendo Switch! Check out the first trailer for the game here:

What’s a “musou game”?

Musou games are essentially large-scale beat ’em up games. Most have the common features of being able to play from the perspectives of multiple sides (eg. opposing factions), killing tons of enemies in a single battle, and various other light role-playing game elements.

Simply put: you run around and obliterate large hordes of enemies, using different characters that change depending on the story of the game. Some degree of planning and strategy may be involved in the midst of destroying enemy groups, but the general gist of it is the same.

Like so. / Giphy

In any case, we’re looking forward to seeing how this game will turn out! A hack-and-slash type of game is an interesting choice for Atlus, considering how there’s a P5U, rumored to be an arena-style fighting game, that’s apparently in the works.

That, and it seems like there will be an original storyline for Persona 5 Scramble, despite the overall setting being the same. It should be interesting to see how that fits in with the original Persona 5! There’s another new character that’s being introduced as well, and once again, we’re left speculating whether she’s a friend or foe.

Interesting design, considering how the Phantom Thieves “steal hearts”. / Giphy

Unfortunately, no release window has been announced – not even a date for more information, or later announcements. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what Atlus have in store.

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