Persona 5 Scramble: Phantom Strikers will launch in the West in February 2021, one year after its Japanese release, according to a trailer that publisher Atlus published to YouTube and very quickly removed on Friday.
Personality 5 Strikers, as it will be entitled in the West, is a crossover of the Persona canon with Dynasty Warriors. The video game stars Joker, the protagonist of Persona 5 (who has actually crossed over to other titles since that games 2016 launch), and blends Dynasty Warriors button-mashing real-time battle with Personas turn-based battles. Gamers choose a team of 3 fighters to accompany Joker as they explore a story set 6 months after the events of Persona 5.
The hack-and-slash spinoff of the Japanese role-playing franchise was provided a Feb. 23, 2021, launch date on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC. Gematsu preserved a copy of the trailer before it was eliminated.
Polygon has reached out to an Atlus representative for comment.
Update: In a tweet Friday afternoon connecting to a teaser site for Persona 5 Strikers, Atlus subtly acknowledged the leakage, saying, “Our interactions have been intercepted by the Phantom Thieves,” and adding that “all will be revealed” on Dec. 8.
Persona 5 launched in 2016 and was followed in the West by the March 2020 launch of Persona 5 Royal, which included characters and fine-tuned the story to accompany them. Persona 5 Strikers launch in Japan in February 2020 was enough to get Western fans to think about import options, without language localization.