There’s a new Persona 5 game, but it’s a gimmick for smartphones
Persona 5 is easily one of the most popular JRPGs of modern times, and it stands to reason that Joker and the gang have more mileage to get out of it. We can’t say we’ve had a gacha adaptation for smartphones on our bingo card, but here it is. Exactly was announced earlier this week. There is currently no launch date attached to the project, and as of the time of writing, only one release has been confirmed in China.
Even so, the game – aptly named Persona 5: The Phantom X – will look instantly familiar to fans of the main console game. While it’s introducing a new group of Phantom Thieves, the gameplay trailer is full of recognizable locations and activities. Development is being led by Perfect World Games and Black Wings Game Studios, but SEGA is lending support – and the main character is designed by Atlus’ Shigenori Sojima.
The premise and gameplay loop are the same as the main game: you’ll spend the day at school completing lessons, and then you’ll be able to engage in various extracurricular activities afterwards – playing baseball and visiting other worlds. Obviously the twist here is that there’s inevitably going to be a gacha element, so expect to unlock more characters and possibly personas by investing in-game currency in slot machine-style systems. do it
It’s obviously heavily inspired by the console game, so it’ll be interesting to see how much original content is being added here. But to be honest, we wouldn’t bet on a Western release anyway – it’s undoubtedly being targeted at the Asian market with the smartphone attached.
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