Persona 5 is easily one of the most iconic JRPGs of modern times, and so it stands to reason there’s more mileage to extract out of Joker and gang. We can’t say we had a gacha adaptation for smartphones on our bingo card, however, but that’s exactly what was announced earlier this week. There’s currently no launch date attached to the project, and as of the time of writing, only a release in China has been confirmed.
Nevertheless, the game – fully named Persona 5: The Phantom X – will appear instantly familiar to fans of the main console game. While it’s introducing a new group of Phantom Thieves, the gameplay trailer is filled with recognisable locations and activities. Development is being led by Perfect World Games and Black Wings Game Studio, but SEGA is lending support – and the protagonist has been designed by Atlus’ Shigenori Soejima.
The premise and gameplay loop is pretty much identical to the main game: you’ll spend the day at school completing lessons, and then you’ll be able to engage in various extracurricular activities afterwards – including playing baseball and visiting other worlds. Obviously the twist here is that there’s inevitably going to be a gacha element, so expect to unlock other characters and potentially even Personas by investing in-game currency into slot machine-style systems.
It’s clearly all massively inspired by the console game, so it’ll be interesting to see how just how much original content ends up being included here. But to be honest, we wouldn’t bet on a Western release anyway – this is unquestionably being aimed at the smartphone obsessed Asian market.
Perfect World is a Chinese company most known for making the MMO Perfect World.
They also coproduce a ton of Hollywood films with Universal (which also has Japanese studio Toho coproducing their films) like Jurassic World: Dominion, Us, Cats (2019), Dear Evan Hansen, and Nobody.
I am here to say that a Persona 5 gacha is the worst thing Perfect World ever made. And they’re the people who helped make Cats 2019.
It’s like they’re actively trying to top themselves out in awfulness.
@Hydra_Spectre It's not going to ruin the Persona name. It's just a mobile game. Pokémon Go didn't ruin Pokémon, Fire Emblem Heroes didn't ruin Fire Emblem, and Mario Kart Tour didn't ruin Mario Kart. All of those have gacha mechanics. It's just a mobile game. If you don't want it, don't download it.
This game is not for me, but this is easily the best looking and animated mobile game I have ever seen. I know it's standing on P5's shoulders, but still, wow.
@B_Lindz Genshin Impact is really impressive on mobile, too. But yeah, this is up there!
@B_Lindz that’s a reasonable explanation, personally I only hope if the Gacha mechanics are optional, and then I’ll play it.
That aquarium velvet room needs to make a comeback in a future game, wow ! And the symbolism it’s immediately evident.
I think I'll just keep playing Angry Birds
Everytime they announce something like this they should accompany it with the announcement of a new mainline installment too. Where's my P6, Atlus??
Making a sequel to P5 a mobile gacha game
Classic Atlus move
@ATaco Maybe they are the new Rockstar.
I would not mind this even on console if there is a story and the gatcha stuff is entirely optional. Hell, tempted to just hook up my android phone to the TV and hook up a controller to it, if this allows for it, play it that way.
This looks fantastic...
But I don't want to play Persona on my phone.
And gacha mechanics? Yech.
This may end up doing wonders for the persona series as a whole. With billions of people on mobile there's obviously going to be a huge rise in people interested in the main games after playing the mobile game. Meaning Persona 6 could be the biggest selling yet.
Personally once the game comes West I will definitely give it a go as I love everything to do with peeosna, the dancing games also would of been a good fit for mobile.
Persona 5: Robbery
I feel like the character designs get worse and worse with each new entry in the P5 universe. Like they try too hard to make the characters look and feel like they belong in the original P5 but kinda fail at it
The new personas themselves look really cool though. And so does the game, I mean it just seems to be an exact replica of P5 but with new characters instead lol. I'd love to play this on PS otherwise just give me 6 already please
Persona on your phone is kinda crazy to think about.
But the gacha is so eh.
@get2sammyb @B_Lindz And then there's Honkai Star Rail that looks better than both of these games, and it's coming out in a few weeks it looks like.
People scoff and give mobile gaming a lot of crap, but it's pretty cool to see how the games on that platform evolve in such a short time. You can't really call them cash grabs when the production is on the scale of Genshin or Honkai either.
I'll probably give this a go, but I'll be knee deep in Honkai Star Rail, so I won't have time for it.
Persona 6 announcement soon please
the only thing about this that upsets me is the uniform designs. Beige top, black/white plaid bottoms? Were they designed by AI?
It's hardly the first time SMT has dabbled in mobile games, and not even the first persona game to get a mobile spinoff either. Visually it looks impressive, even if the actual character designs aren't especially memorable or anything. It'll probably be predatory as ***** as F2P games always are but like it's been mentioned, it's not been designed for the western market and we'll be lucky to get a release over here anyway. It's also being produced by an entirely separate team so it's hardly taking resources away from persona 6 or the persona 3 remake that may or may not be on its way.
It does look good, though maybe too derivative to Persona 5. It's a mobile game though, so I'm sure there'll be some monetization strategies that'll put me off from trying it out.
@Hydra_Spectre "This could ruin the Persona name" Calm the f u c k down and go outside for a walk. You clearly spend way too much time over analysing s h i t lmao
Gacha is an immediate pass.
This almost looks even better than Persona 5. I want to play it so badly. I don't mind about f2p, i would pay for costumes and personas if the gameplay is good. I just really hope its gets a worldwide english release
Is this out or coming out? I had a look at Google play store and it's not there
This is a hilariously on the nose joke about Persona 5 being Phantom thieves, since that's what Gacha games are.
It actually looks really fantastic besides the Gacha nonsense! If it ever would get a Western release I'd at least give it a shot even if I'm sure the Gacha nonsense would immediately be a big turn-off. It's too bad really as everything else about it looks super polished.
It's a hard pass from me , thanks.
@CutchuSlow Only announced for China so far.
Characters immediately look more appealing to me than the p5 main cast save for the owl (and I love p5)
That Mc is pure P2 P3 art
Not sure if it’s because I’m white, Australian, middle-aged, a “casual” gamer, or just sheltered, but I had to look up “gacha”… 😸
Not my thing, but hope the mobile fans enjoy.
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