Several weeks ago, a teaser website for the mysterious Persona 5 S launched, further fueling a longstanding rumor that a Switch port of Atlus's acclaimed 2016 jRPG was on its way. Indeed, a number of fans expected Persona 5 S to be shorthand for Persona 5 Switch, but that is now confirmed to not be the case.
Earlier today, Atlus revealed the first trailer for Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers, a new action RPG set to release on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on a currently unspecified date. Developed by Omega Force, a division of Koei Tecmo, Persona 5 Scramble is a musou game, and fans of the studio's Dynasty Warriors franchise may find a lot to love in the new trailer.
In the Persona 5 Scramble trailer, players will see Persona 5's protagonist, Joker, square off against massive enemy hordes, wielding his signature weapons and calling upon his persona for assistance. While this setup may appeal to some, the Persona 5 S reveal does seem to have some fans disappointed.
At the time of writing, the Persona 5 S trailer has 9,700 likes on YouTube, but it also has 3,500 dislikes, with a number of them coming from fans that were hoping to be playing Persona 5 Switch in the near future. Certainly, Atlus had never made any official indication that a Persona 5 port for Switch was in the works, but several apparent leaks over the past handful of months kept fans dreaming.
The most recent Persona 5 Switch leak came immediately following the launch of the Persona 5 S teaser website. At that time, it was discovered that Best Buy's employee system contained a record for Persona 5 Switch, complete with original UPC and SKU codes, which was taken as virtual confirmation of the port by a number of fans. However, it appears that it was not meant be.
Fortunately, fans that are looking to spend more time with Persona 5 can look forward to Persona 5: The Royal, and expanded version of the base game scheduled for worldwide release in 2020. That said, Persona 5: The Royal is a PS4 exclusive, which does not address many players' desire to take Atlus's sensational jRPG with them on the go.
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers will release for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on a currently unspecified date.