When is Persona 5 Tactica Releasing?
Persona 5 Tactica will be released on November 16th, 2023.
What Platforms will Persona 5 Tactica be playable on?
Persona 5 Tactica will be available on PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Steam, and Nintendo Switch on November 17th, 2023.
Will Persona 5 Tactica be on Gaming Streaming Services?
Yes, sort of. As far as we know, Persona 5 Tactica will launch on Xbox Game Pass on November 17th. PlayStation+ does not typically have day-one releases on their subscription service, but it would not be surprising if the game appeared on Sony’s subscription service at a much later date.
What Genre is Persona 5 Tactica?
The Persona 5 subseries has experimented with several different genres. Persona 5 and its updated version, Royal, is a “typical” turn-based JRPG, while Persona 5 Strikers is a “Musu” style game (in the vein of Dynasty Warriors.)
As the name suggests, the upcoming Persona 5 Tactica is a turn-based Strategy RPG in the same vein as the Fire Emblem series. Persona 5 Tactica will continue the story of Persona 5 and P5 Strikers. The game will feature a skill tree with traditional leveling up (gaining skill points, or GP in this case)
Is it Connected to the Previous Persona Games?
The games in the Persona series are largely disconnected from one another; however, things get more complicated regarding the Persona 5 subseries, as there are five games. Don’t worry, the only games you will need to know the plot of are Persona 5 and Persona 5 Strikers, as the spin-off titles (Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight, Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth, and Phantom X) are technically “canon” but viewed as dreams in which the Phantom Thieves forget about.
What Do We Know About the Story?
Persona 5 Tactica takes place during the Phantom Thieves’ high school graduation. They are isekai’d, once again, not to the Metaverse but to a new world whose citizens are under tyrannical oppression by a military group called “the Legionnaires.”
Joker – Leader of a group called the Phantom Thieves who oversees battling the heart of someone via Palace. In Persona 5 Tactica, Joker uses his gun to shoot at far targets, while using the “Phantom Judge” skill to knock down opponents while damaging them.
Morgana – The human-like cat brings the group into Mementos, an alternate world. The treasure-obsessed feline (who insists he is not a cat) is the one who introduces the Phantom Thieves to the Metaverse, an interconnected place where the group deals with people’s collective unconsciousness, referred to as “palaces.”
Morgana can use his Persona, Zorro to sweep enemies take them out of cover, and open them up to critical attacks.
Ann Takamaki– The third original member of the Phantom Thieves is a half-American/half-Japanese 3rd-year student at Kosei Academy.
Ryuji Sakamoto– Joker’s best friend who is the jokester of the Phantom Thieves.
Erina – One of the new characters in Persona 5 Tactica and the leader of the Rebel Corps who calls upon the Phantom Thieves.
Yusuke Kitagawa – An art student from Kosei Academy who joins the Phantom Thieves early on in Persona 5 under the pseudonym “Fox” and uses the Goemon Persona.
Makoto Niijima – The tomboy of the Phantom Thieves and the president of Shujin Academy’s student council. She joins the Phantom Thieves under the pseudonym “Queen” and uses the Johanna Persona.
Futaba Sakura – Without going into spoilers, Futaba is not a playable character in Persona 5, but rather a supporting character despite being a part of the Phantom Thieves. Futaba’s job is to give the party buffs, so it is likely her role will be the same in Persona 5 Tactica.
Haru Okumura – A shy but faithful friend to the other Phantom Thieves, Haru Okumura, who goes by “Noir” in the Metaverse uses Milady as her Persona.
Goro Akechi (DLC)– Codenamed “Crow”, Goro is a celebrity in the Persona 5 universe, seen as a new version of Persona 4’s “Detective Prince.”
Sumire Yoshizawa (DLC) – Sumire is a playable character from Persona 5 Royale. Sumire is a shy underclassman who has a background in gymnastics. When in the Metaverse, Sumire goes by the pseudonym: Violet.
What do we know about Persona 5 Tactica Gameplay (So far)?
The publisher, Atlus has put out a series of YouTube videos titled “Sergeant Morgana’s Marvelous Tactical Training for New Recruits”, showcasing some mechanics.
Like Persona 5 [Royal], you will take control of a cast of human characters, along with Pokemon-like characters called “Personas.” The “1 More” mechanic will return but functions differently than in P5. Instead of triggering when attacking a Persona’s weakness, in Persona 5 Tactica, you will need to attack them while taking cover. However, the enemy Personas can also get an extra attack if you are not taking cover. You will also deal less damage if they are hiding.
To counteract this, party members can use Persona skills on enemies who take cover to make them vulnerable. Persona skills can only be used once a party member’s Voltage gauge is filled by dealing or taking damage. Persona skills can do several things, such as heal your party or attack multiple enemies at once.
The “All-out-attack” mechanic will also return but has been altered slightly. The all-out attack in Persona 5 occurs after knocking down an opponent, dealing increased damage to an enemy. Persona 5 Tactica has another all-out attack, called a Triple Threat, where you will position three of your party members in a triangle shape.
Each Persona has elemental attacks, and much like other turn-based games like Pokemon, can be used to deal increased damage depending on the elemental type of your opponent.
Pre-order bonuses / DLC
Pre-ordering Persona 5 Tactica gives two extra Persona: Orpheus Picaro and Izanagi Picaro, from Persona 3 and the Japanese exclusive Shin Megami Tensei 2 and 3, respectively. These Persona have recently been featured as DLC Persona in Persona 5 Royale.
While Persona 5 Tactica is included in the Xbox Gamepass catalog, it looks as though the Pre-order bonuses do not apply to the Gamepass version of the game, so you will need to spend $60. There currently is no way to buy these Personas separately, so we will have to wait and see if it’ll be an option closer to release.
The Digital Deluxe Edition gives you both previously mentioned personas, along with two characters who debuted in Persona 5 Royale: Goro Akechi and Sumire Yoshizawa.
Persona 5 releases on November 17th for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox Game Pass, Nintendo Switch, and Steam.