After being leaked a little earlier, we have confirmation that Persona 5 Strikers will be releasing on February 23, 2021. The follow up story to Persona 5 starts as everyone is going on a summer vacation. That gets thrown out the window when a detective forces them into a deal – either help him figure out who is behind the Change of Heart victims, or he’ll arrest Joker. Since it’s an offer that can’t really be refused, the Phantom Thieves will head into a new adventure across six cities and help return everyone’s stolen desires.
The gameplay and story are new. You will be able to play as any of the Phantom Thieves, and this is a continuation of the Persona 5 story. The game’s director Daisuke Kanada wants everyone to know that you can still enjoy the game, even if this is your first Persona game. The PlayStation Blog has a quote from him saying:
“Because P5S is P5’s follow-up story, those who are familiar with P5 will probably be able to enjoy the game on a deeper level.
That being said, because the story revolves around an all-new incident, I think people will still be able to enjoy the game even just by having a grasp on the characters and their relationships through the anime or manga.
And, for those who love action games, I think it’s also perfectly fine to simply try this game out first, and then follow the backstory in P5 after.
Ultimately, my hope is that everyone can experience the world of P5S, in whichever way they prefer.”
The combat in the game is not the same as Persona 5 either. The official site describes the combat as a “hybrid battle system that fuses explosive action-combat with pause-and-plan sequences to decide your next strategic move.” Elemental weakness and all-out attacks are still included, so it won’t be entirely foreign to veterans. Each character will also have different attacks, and you can check out the full roster on the game’s site too.
We’ll finally be able to play Persona 5 Strikers on February 23, 2021. If you want to start your hype up now, check out the trailer.