Over 30 new images of the upcoming Persona 5 sequel, Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers have been released in the most recent edition of popular Japanese video game magazine Famitsu. And boy, oh boy, are they lookin' cool.
The newly released images focus on three major characters - Morgana (Mona), Ryuji (Skull), and Ann (Panther) - and feature screengrabs of some of the Phantom Thieves in action. Despite Persona 5 Scramble's departure from turn-based combat to real-time fighting, the images illustrate some of the ways that previous fighting mechanics, like the signature "all-out attacks", have been adapted for the new game.
The images also show some of the new areas to explore in the upcoming game, including the new explorable city, Sendai, which was first revealed in the most recent trailer for the game that was released earlier this week.
According to Atlus' new game trailer as well as additional detailed recently published to the official Persona 5 website, Persona 5 Scramble begins with The Phantom Thieves investigating a series of strange happenings in Shibuya. With the police still wary of the group from the previous incidents in Persona 5, they send public security police officer Zenkichi Hasegawa to the group with an offer: to investigate the mysterious parallel worlds called "jails" (similar to the parent game's "palaces") and figure out who or what is behind the mysteries in Shibuya. However, the Thieves soon realize that these events aren't just limited to one area - they're happening all over Japan.
The trailer also showed footage of one of the new areas the Thieves will have to investigate: Sendai. There, the Thieves will meet Ango Natsume, a new character who's a popular light novel writer and Phantom Thieves fan. He rules over the jail in Sendai, whose architecture is inspired by a medieval castle. Each city will have its own jail, which is ruled over by the consciousness of a human in the real world, who takes on the title of the jail's "king."
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers is set for release on February 20, 2020, for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan. No Western release date has been announced yet.