Following a teaser announcement back in April 2021, publisher Perfect World Games and developer Black Wings Game Studio have officially announced Persona 5: The Phantom X for iOS and Android. A release date was not announced, but it will be a free-to-play title with item-based in-app purchases. Currently, a release has only been confirmed for China.
Sign-ups for the “Infiltration Test” playtest are available now at the official website, and the playtest itself will begin on March 29 in China. Though the announcement itself does not mention a PC version, the playtest will be held on PC and Android devices.
Persona 5: The Phantom X is a completely new title based on the world of Persona 5. Set in Tokyo, it follows an original story surrounding a new band of Phantom Thieves. The style and basic gameplay of the original game are preserved, while the graphics have been brushed up, and the user experience and presentation optimized for smartphone users.
SEGA and ATLUS‘ P-Studio are supervising development and providing resources, while Perfect World Games and Black Wings Game Studio will develop, distribute, and operate the title. While it is based on the world of Persona 5, it is being developed as a new game tailored to local user preferences, trends, and gameplay environments. The protagonist and his Persona were designed by ATLUS art team’s Shigenori Soejima.
The game is focused on the theme of “desire,” and tells the story of students who have awakened to their “Personas,” facing difficulties together in an era of “low desire.” A mysterious old man with a long nose, a strange underwater room, an owl that can speak human language, and another world separate from reality—these seemingly unrelated things are all somehow connected.
Players will take on the role of a student, attending classes during the day and participating in activities such as baseball or watching movies with friends during their free time. After school, they can infiltrate the other world, which appears in the form of palaces with different themes, and use their Personas to engage in high-octane battles against enemies.
Watch a set of announcement trailers below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.