Persona 5 Scramble Gets New Hard Mode Gameplay and Details

PS4, Switch, action RPG Persona 5 Scramble has no missable content as you can go back to Jails unlike Palaces in the original Persona 5.

By Iyane Agossah

January 24, 2020

This week’s Dengeki Live stream featured some new PS4 gameplay for Persona 5 Scramble The Phantom Strikers. While Atlus Producer Daisuke Kanada was present on stream and shared some comments, as far as I could tell, nothing particularly big was revealed. The one thing he mentioned we didn’t know yet is how you can go back to a certain Jail even after clearing it. Unlike Palaces in Persona 5 (Royal), Jails don’t disappear after you clear them. This means there are no missable content in Persona 5 Scramble, and you can always go back to a previous Jail to clear sidequests you left behind.

We first saw some Okinawa exploration gameplay, with the characters in swimsuits as that’s where the beach event of the game is happening:

Later we saw some exploration of the Sapporo Jail, covered in ice. The party is Joker, Sophie/Sophia, Makoto, and Haru:

Lastly, we saw some mid-game gameplay, in the Okinawa Jail and in Hard Mode. That was to show how the game feels like in harder difficulties. Note that Hard isn’t the hardest difficulty available. The active party is Joker, Sophia/Sophie, Haru, and Ryuji:

Personally speaking, I believe P5S feels like an actual action RPG instead of the usual Musou stuff Omega Force and Koei Tecmo does. Plus, seeing it’s an actual sequel I’m much more hyped for it than I was for P5R. While I like the classic Sangoku and Sengoku Musou series, I’ve always felt zero interest toward the licensed games, and P5S looking so appealing is a first for me.

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Persona 5 Scramble launches on February 20 in Japan, on PS4 and Switch. Pre-download for the Switch’s digital version has started this week. Atlus West hasn’t announced the game yet but it’s not like it won’t come over. Meanwhile, Persona 5 Royal launches on March 31 in the west on PS4, and it’ll most notably include translations in French, Spanish, Italian, and German. Only English was available in the original game so this is pretty nice. As a reminder, having a Persona 5 Royal save will unlock BGMs in Persona 5 Scramble on PS4, while having a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate save will unlock these BGMs on Switch.

You can read more on P5S with our previous coverage.  We’ve got the first trailer, which revealed P5S is a sequel to the original Persona 5 and not to Persona 5 Royal, some commercials, comments from the staff, more staff comments through Famitsu, details on the difficulty levels, some gameplay, the new artworks for the game, and details on the save unlocked BGMs. Lastly, we have the second trailer, which reveals some kind of Shadow Joker, and the game’s opening animation sequence, which revealed new character Zenkichi Hasegawa joins the Phantom Thieves.

Next, we have the Morgana Travel Guide videos, each introducing gameplay, game systems, characters, and story details: Shibuya and profiles for Sophia, Zenkichi and Alice, Sendai and an explanation of the Jails and the Band System, Sapporo and an explanation of the Velvet Room, Okinawa and the cooking system, sidequests and hacking battles. The final Morgana Travel Guide stream will happen next week.

You can also check out the character-focused trailers: Joker, Sophia/Sophie, Ryuji, Morgana, Anne, Yusuke, Makoto, and Haru

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Iyane Agossah

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

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