Cellular spinoffs based mostly on beloved console video games can generally be hit-or-miss. However based mostly on an preliminary pair of trailers, I’m cautiously optimistic concerning the newly introduced Persona 5: Phantom of the Night time (aka The Phantom X). Following a tease in April 2021, “P5X” is now official, and is in improvement for Android, iOS, and Windows. Sadly, not one of the press supplies point out a world launch, so it sounds prefer it is likely to be unique to China.
That’s a disgrace, as a result of (from the trailers a minimum of) this seems to be like a fairly trustworthy Persona expertise. The sport seems to be set in the identical places as 2016’s Persona 5, however revolves round a brand new solid of characters together with protagonist Surprise, their owl sidekick Luffy, and buddy Arai Suwa, according to Persona Central. There’s footage of the protagonist residing their each day life in Tokyo, interspersed with scenes of their dungeon crawling by the Metaverse (which fortunately bears no relation to Zuckerberg’s money sink).
Though the sport is being developed by Black Wings Sport Studio reasonably than Persona 5’s P-Studio, writer Excellent World Video games said in a press release that sequence writer Atlus is taking part in improvement, and Persona character designer Shigenori Soejima was concerned within the creation of the sport’s protagonist. Characters from the unique Persona 5 are proven off in official imagery alongside the sport’s new entrants.
The large unknown at this level is how precisely this recreation goes to be monetized. The consensus appears to be that Persona 5: Phantom of the Night time might be a free-to-play launch (which is smart given it’s meant as a cell title) with Gematsu reporting that it’ll characteristic item-based in-app purchases. However there’s a effective line between pretty monetizing a cell recreation, and making it really feel like an exploitative slot machine.
I don’t know if I’m instantly prepared to speculate extra time on the earth of Persona 5 given I’m at present seventy hours into Persona 5 Royal’s current Change port, with seemingly no finish in sight. However I hope P5X is prepared and there for me when I’m. A beta check of the sport is kicking off on the finish of this month in China.