Persona 5 Scramble Gets New Gameplay, Details on Difficulty, Artwork (Updated)

Persona 5 Scramble latest gameplay and info also reveals it's fine to think of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the other Persona game on Switch.

December 26, 2019

Gacha Thursday featured Atlus and Koei Tecmo’s Persona 5 Scramble The Phantom Strikers on its latest stream, revealing new gameplay and details. Atlus Producer Kaneda was present and revealed new details on the game. You can watch the gameplay sequence at this linked timestamp on Periscope. The stream is still ongoing and we’ll add a YouTube link later on. Update: It’s right below.

The gameplay features some exploration in Sapporo. Producer Kaneda explained how the Phantom Thieves can enter a city’s Jail from a specific safe entry point, and you need to go there to enter the other world. In Sapporo, it’s right before one of the main roads. Sophia is the one handling the transfer to the other world.

While Persona 5 Scramble is taking place in Summer, the Sapporo Jail is all frozen over. Producer Kaneda mentioned Sapporo Jail is the third Jail in the game, meaning it’s mid-level. The battle part showed us some Makoto and Haru action especially.

Producer Kaneda also explained how it’s extremely hard to recover SP in the game, so if you run out of SP, it’s better to leave the Jail, just like what you’d do in other Persona games.

We also learned that you can restart from the last battle if you get a game over, and you can switch the game’s difficulty in the System menu at any time. There are Easy, Normal, and Hard difficulties, but it seems like there are other difficulty levels than these three. The gameplay sequence was played on Normal by the way. The other options include things like disabling vibrations, subtitles, damage numbers, and guide indications. You can also change the luminosity.

We also learned that the bonus Persona series BGMs included in first print copies of the game can be set with a random playing order, to get a different BGM each battle. Moreover, if you get Persona 5 Scramble on PS4 and have a save from Persona 5 or Persona 5 Royal, you’ll unlock Last Surprise and Take Over as BGMs. Meanwhile, on Switch, you’ll unlock both BGMs if you have ever played Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the same console. This is pretty funny as you could say Smash Ultimate is the other Persona game on Switch.

Atlus also published a short gameplay video on Twitter, showcasing a cool Makoto combo:

Clean versions of the artworks for Sophia and the Phantom Thieves in P5S were shared by Atlus. You can find them in the gallery below.

Persona 5 Scramble The Phantom Strikers launches in Japan on February 20, on PS4 and Switch. The game wasn’t announced in the west yet but will definitely come over. Trailers introducing each playable character were revealed: Joker, Sophia/Sophie, Ryuji, Morgana, Anne, Yusuke, Makoto, and Haru.  You can read more details about the story, the characters, and check more gameplay here, here, and here.

Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been loving anime and Japanese games for over 25 years and plays Genshin Impact for its story and exploration. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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