It has been a long while since we have heard anything about Persona 5 Scramble – Omega Force and Atlus’ Action RPG mash-up – especially in regards to any kind of Western release. Now though KOEI Tecmo Japan in their most recent quarterly fiscal report have stated that Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers is still planned to launch in North America and Europe at some point in the future.
No more information is known, and we have yet to hear anything from any Western side of the publisher dealings, but it is certainly something to keep that flicker of hope alight.
Though do keep in mind, earlier in the year Atlus USA weren’t even sure if the Western audience wanted Persona 5 Scramble, launching a poll on their facebook asking if they should bother localising it for Nintendo Switch and / or Playstation 4.
We can only hope this get’s a launch sooner rather than later. If you are itching to get your hands on some of the game, you can check out our impressions of the game’s demo, or download it yourself off of the Japanese PSN Store / eShop.
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers launched back on February 20th 2020 for Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
Are you still excited for a release of Persona 5 Scramble in the West? Let us know in those comments!
With the fall of the massive gaming expo’s around the world currently, we have been seeing new contenders take up the torch and throw their hat into the ring. Along with Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest, a new Expo livestream event has been announced. The expo is called New Game+ Expo – or NGPX for short – and it has a bevy of developers and publishers signed to be a part of the event.
It has also confirmed that KOEI Tecmo will be one of those participants (along with others such as ASKYS, Atlus, Sega. NIS, etc) that will be showing off new games and live gameplay demos. According to the Event page we will also be able to look forward to developer discussions and Q&As.
The event will be going live June 23rd at 8AM PDT / 4PM BST and the livestream starting at 9AM PDT / 5PM BST until 5PM PDT / 12AM BST. You can watch the livestream on Twitch via https://www.twitch.tv/newgameplusexpo, though the footage along with highlights will be uploaded to YouTube soon after.
It is still somewhat likely that KOEI Tecmo’s involvement will be minor and only dabbling on a few tidbits for Fairy Tail which releases a couple days after, but the emphasis on new game reveals and first looks seem to say otherwise. Hopefully we will finally see what else is up KT’s sleeve for this year!
What are you hoping to see from KOEI Tecmo? Will you tune into the event? Let us know in those comments!
As majority of the world is currently under lockdown due to the virus COVID-19, there has been no better time than to catch up on some good old KOEI Tecmo games! With most having tons of content to binge on regardless of the title you pick, it will get you through the lockdown in no time!
With this, here are the numerous available titles easily accessible with Playstation Now and XBOX Game Pass, both of which you can use for a cheap monthly fee or access with a free week trial. There isn’t much to offer from KT on XBOX Game Pass, so really Playstation Now is where it’s at, and can be played on numerous Sony owned devices and PC.
To add to this as well, KOEI Tecmo have recently announced new titles have been added to the PS Now service, with them finally adding PS4 titles to the service.
Here is what PS Now has to offer worldwide:
Ar nosurge ~Ode to an Unborn Star~
Atelier Ayesha ~The Alchemist of Dusk~
Atelier Escha & Logy ~Alchemists of the Dusk Sky~
Atelier Rorona Plus ~The Alchemist of Arland~
Atelier Shallie ~Alchemists of the Dusk Sea~
Bladestorm: The Hundred Years’ War
Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey and Gallop Racer
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate
Deception IV: Blood Ties
Deception IV: Nightmare Princess
Dynasty Warriors 6
Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires
Dynasty Warriors 7
Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires
Dynasty Warriors 7 Xtreme Legends
Dynasty Warriors 8
Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends
Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce HD
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
Ninja Gaiden 3 Razors Edge
Nobunaga’s Ambition Sphere of Influence
Samurai Warriors 4
Trinity: Souls of Zill’Oll
Warriors: Legends of Troy
Warriors Orochi 3
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round
Nights of Azure
Nights of Azure 2
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII
You can both stream and download the PS4 titles on offer, and only Stream the PS3 titles. It requires a somewhat stable internet connection but runs pretty smoothly across the board. We highly recommend getting your teeth into Toukiden 2 if you haven’t already.
As for XBOX Game Pass, while it is far less compared to PS Now, it does have a quality title to pick. With XBOX Game Pass you can play Ninja Gaiden II for free with the service, which also includes the 4K ‘remaster’ for XBOX One X players. Unfortunately Ninja Gaiden Black isn’t part of the service anymore, but can often be found cheap to pick up, and also boasts the 4K enhancements.
So if you are stuck indoors by Government order or by you just thinking it is the smart choice right now, there are plenty of KOEI Tecmo titles to easily access and enjoy.
What games on the list do you recommend users to play? What have been your favourites? Let us know in those comments!
Last week the Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers demo went live on both Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan. With a lot of excitement surrounding the title and still no news on any Western release, we were excited to dig in with what the demo offers. Please note this is an Impressions of the Japanese Nintendo Switch demo.
When you first boot up the demo, you are greeted with the Persona stylised menu, everything you know and love from the Persona series. When you start a new game you are then thrown into a lovely crafted anime scene showing the titular character Joker dashing from roof to roof. We now get to enjoy a quick action scene where a nearby plateau is filled to the brim of evil Personas.
During this segment, you get to test out the moveset for Joker, which offers very stylish attacks at the push of a single button. This is where the Warriors system comes in where you’ll be doing a miriad of combo strings with Y and X. You also have access to special Persona attacks, which is unique based on what Persona you have equipped. The more you fight the more you realise there is much more depth to the combat than your usual Warriors fair.
Along with some mission prompts to help you learn the control scheme, you also find out you can perform special commands with nearby scenery. You can jump between lamp posts, spin around phone polls and more to damage your many foes. It all is very stylish and fun to play with.
Once this part is over with, you then get an introduction scene showing the characters from Persona 5 in a stylised fashion. You then get a bevy of cut-scenes riddled with dialog and response choices. This is where the Persona RPG side comes in, there is a LOT of scenes like this. As it is in Japanese, we will just cut to the short of it. Joker returns to Shibuya and is greeted by all the friends he made at Cafe Leblanc (where you stayed during the prior game). A big celebration is going on, and you enjoy some friendly times. You end up going back upstairs to where your old room was and sleep for the night. You progress to the next day where you get to explore the area outside the Cafe. There are stores, people to talk to and other things you can do during this part.
You meet up with one of your friends (Skull) and you get transported to the Metaverse, a supernatural realm born from humanity’s subconscious desires. Now you get to explore a more linear area, where you encounter enemies and can hack them up in real time with the Warriors formula. You meet some form of robot entity, who transforms into a red headed little girl. She along with your friend then follow and fight alongside you in combat. It looks like you can have up to three other people in your party fighting with you. As you continue to progress through fight to fight while exploring this small warehouse type area, the demo ends. Offering a thank you splash page for you playing the demo, you are then returned to the game’s menu screen.
There isn’t really much on offer with the demo, especially if you don’t speak / understand Japanese. But you get a good look at the combat, as well as enjoy a lot of lavish anime cutscenes. There is also no real issues in performance and the graphical quality looks great – even on the Switch. We are certainly excited to fully play this Warriors / RPG hybrid. The characters are likeable, the universe is likeable and the combat is very fun. We just hope we hear of a Western release sooner rather than later.
Persona 5 Scramble has been a bit of a mystery, mostly due to the utter silence on any kind of western localisation. Though in Japan a lot of news has been pushed out these past few weeks, we now have something interesting to dig our hands into.
With the game in Japan reaching close to it’s February 20th launch date, we now have news that a demo of the game will be launching on the Playstation Store and Nintendo eShop on February 6th in the region. This of course is easily accessible to every user by logging into a Japanese store account and downloading it via that login.
As well as news of a demo we also will be treated to a launch live stream from Atlus sometime just before it’s release date, though more exact details will come at a later date.
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers will be launching for Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch on February 20th in Japan. No news on a western localisation, though this is par the course for Atlus titles. We hope to hear more on that a few months down the line.
Are you excited to try out the demo for Persona 5 Scramble? Do you want to see this come to the West? Let us know in those comments!
It’s a new year (and decade!), so we look back at the past year’s KOEI Tecmo game releases, and pick out our favourites! Vote in our poll below and share what your favourite KOEI Tecmo game of 2019 was! (Keep in mind this is for Western launched games only)
We are closing in to the end of 2019 now, and with that comes more news on what KOEI Tecmo goodness is coming in 2020. One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 was announced back in July just before E3 2019, and now we have a solid release date.
One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 will be launching in the West on March 27th 2020, while it will be arriving a day earlier on the 26th March for Japan. Along with this release date announcement a new trailer has also been released, which you can check out below:
One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 will be launching on Playstation 4, XBOX One, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam.
Are you excited to get your hands on the next One Piece Warriors game? Let us know in those comments!
You can read the full information straight from Atlus below:
An Action RPG Featuring a Completely New Story
Persona 5, which has sold more than 2 .7 million copies worldwide, makes its long-awaited action RPG debut on PlayStation 4 and Switch!
This is a completely new story set after the events of Persona 5.
The game is a collaborative effort between the Persona Team and Koei Tecmo’s Omega Force.
The Phantom Thieves’ Journey Throughout Japan Begins
Half-a-year after the ending of Persona 5, the Phantom Thieves of Hearts get together for summer vacation, but get wrapped up in a new incident. Mystery cases are occurring all over Japan. Palaces, the cognitive worlds of warped adults, have returned? Donning their disguises once again, the Phantom Theives set out to resolve this new incident…
Joker is not the only protagonist of Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers—you can directly control all members of the Phantom Thieves other than the navigator. Switch up characters to fight as the situation calls for it. Run through the cities full of Shadows with dynamic, Persona-summoning action.
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers will be launching February 2020 in Japan and sometime in 2020 for North America and Europe. It will be arriving on PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
What are your thoughts on the new information about Persona 5 Scramble? Are you excited to get your hands on it? Let us know in those comments!