When players think of the Persona series, they think of one of the most popular JRPGs of all time. Persona has always been praised for its unique concept, combined with fully fleshed-out characters, incredible music, and stylish art style, and it has been described as being an anime, manga, and JRPG in one complete package.
For the most part, the Persona series has made its mark on PlayStation consoles, with the first game releasing for the original PlayStation console in 1996. Since then JRPGs have exploded in the west, and the Persona series has received several more mainline installments with numerous spin-offs. Slowly, Persona has been branching out to more platforms, including PC and Nintendo Switch, but now Persona could be coming to mobile devices with a mysterious new title, Code Name: X.
The official information about Code Name: X confirms that it is the first mobile game for a "famous Japanese console game series," but no one has confirmed yet which series that is. Game analyst Daniel Ahmad tweeted that Code Name: X was confirmed to be based on the Persona series, however. He's not a developer, but he was one of the first to share the announcement trailer. At this point, it is technically still a rumor because it hasn't been officially confirmed. However, there don't seem to be any other good options or leads.
With only one short reveal trailer, it's hard to say what the gameplay will look like for Code Name: X, but players can be assured that the game will be beautiful. The mobile title is using new technology to recreate a beautiful version of Shibuya and claims that it will improve upon graphics used in the main console series. For Chinese gamers, it's definitely one to keep an eye on, and with any luck, Code Name: X will eventually expand its reach to the rest of the world.
Code Name: X is officially a JRPG for mobile devices, published by Perfect World Entertainment. So far, it looks like it will only be available for download in China, and the story is unclear. The reveal trailer teases a hacking mechanic headed by a female character, and shows a young man traversing the iconic Shibuya square.
Both of these characters are presumed to be completely new, so although he may appear similar, the young man in the trailer isn't Persona 5's Joker, even if the game is based on Persona. Their ages don't line up, with Joker being 16 in Persona 5 and this new character being 15. However, according to the new character's bio, they do seem to have a lot in common. The new character is an ordinary high school student with a dark past, not unlike Persona 5's Joker. The character bio indicates that the mysterious young man will choose a path of innovation whereas those around him must choose between order and chaos.
There is a little more information about the female character in Code Name: X. Her name is Rukawa Yuki, and she's older than the protagonist by two years. There's nothing that specifically connects her to Persona, but her character bio describes her as someone with a strong sense of justice, and a background as a legal practitioner for the Jidao family. Yuki will definitely be an ally of the protagonist, but her specific role hasn't been completely revealed yet.
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