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Atlus has released a new trailer for Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers, showing Zenkichi Hasegawa in action. In addition, the game’s demo is now available in Japan.
As revealed in the opening movie, and Morgana’s Travel Report #5, Zenkichi Hasegawa now joins the Phantom Thieves under the codename Wolf. Curiously, Zenkichi was originally sent to investigate them due to the new meta-verse incidents.
For those missed our prior coverage of Travel Report #5, Zenkichi is armed with a long sword and twin pistols. His Persona is Valjean, and much like other main-character Personas, it is named after a famous fictional “rebel,” in this case Jean Valjean of Les Misérables.
Jean Valjean was arrested for theft, trying to feed the children of his sister. Later he became a respected member of society and gave back to the community, despite his reputation as a former convict. All while police inspector Javert continues to pursue him, waiting for when he commits a crime again. He also takes part in the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris.
The Persona Valjean is of the Almighty element (essentially no element), and grants Zenkichi the ability to spend some health to increase his attack power, and to absorb health from foes. Valjean is also adept at gun skills, and can increase the strength of allies.
You can find the new trailer below:
Finally, the game’s demo is now available in Japan via the Nintendo eShop and PlayStation Store. Suffice to say, you will need a Japanese Nintendo account and Japanese PlayStation account to access the demo.
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Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers is launching February 20th for Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4 in Japan.