Of the many ways in which a Persona 5 sequel could play out, it's safe to say that not many fans were expecting a sequel in the form of a hack-and-slash action RPG. However, that's exactly what Persona 5 Strikers is. Developed by Atlus, P-Studio, and Dynasty Warriors developer Omega Force, which just recently put out of Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, the upcoming musou-styled game sees the fan-favorite Phantom Thieves embark on a mission to solve mysterious change of heart cases all over Japan one year after the original Persona 5 game.
Although Persona 5 Strikers released in Japan about a year ago on PS4 and Nintendo Switch, it is finally making its way overseas next week with a PC release as well. Fans can pre-order the upcoming game from a variety of retailers for pre-order bonuses, like a steelbook from Best Buy or a Joker pin from GameStop. However, Atlus has just detailed some extra digital content that will seemingly come alongside every Persona 5 Strikers pre-order.
Just ahead of an upcoming Persona 5 Strikers launch celebration, the official Twitter account for Atlus West showed off a sneak-peek trailer of the digital bonus content available at launch. Atlus notes that those who per-order Persona 5 Strikers will receive a digital art book, some behind-the-scenes videos detailing the game's development, as well as a digital soundtrack containing over 40 songs from the new game.
The sneak-peek notes that this digital bonus content will come in the form of a separate app on players' platforms, and isn't something that can be accessed from the base game's menu. And although this trailer doesn't specify, it seems that both digital and physical pre-orders will give players access to the digital bonus content, since Persona 5 Strikers' official website features a chart showing that those who pre-order the game from Best Buy or GameStop will still also receive the digital content. The upcoming game has received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics, and fans everywhere are excited to strike back with the Phantom Thieves next week.
It's been a while since the Phantom Thieves have returned, even more so for those who still haven't made the jump into Persona 5 Royal. Luckily, a completely new adventure for the Thieves is coming in Persona 5 Strikers, a spin-off/sequel to the original Persona 5. Just as the retired rebels of justice begin planning their big summer trip, another Metaverse is discovered, and it's up to the Thieves to once again save the world. Melding Musou-style action mechanics with the elemental affinities and strategies of traditional Persona games, playing through Strikers is an absolute treat, despite being just a little rough around the edges.
Serving as the closest possible experience to a Persona 5 sequel, Persona 5 Strikers is a joyride that fans of the original game can certainly appreciate. Controlling the Phantom Thieves in this new battle system is surprisingly familiar to Persona 5, though simplified in a way that doesn't ruin the game's momentum. There are some oddities in battle scenarios that can make combat encounters too frenetic, but Strikers' combat is often satisfying. Strikers' journey across Japan kicks off in very familiar territory, but the latter half is where things get far more interesting. If Persona 5 fans want just a little more Phantom Thieves, Strikers is a worthy sequel.
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