Morgana's Traveling Report #5 came with an additional set of surprises for the Phantom Thieves. In the report released today, Atlus revealed a set of locations as well as a new playable character. The Dynasty Warriors-like sequel to Persona 5 releases in Japan on February 20, 2020, and Atlus has leaked huge spoilers for the upcoming title.
First, Atlus released images depicting Kyoto, a popular cultural center and tourist destination. The Phantom Thieves investigate the area on a lead from fellow investigator Zenkichi Hasegawa. Screenshots feature a handful of conversations as well as some gorgeous visuals of the local shrines. Hasegawa's daughter, Akane, lives in the area as well and seems to be a fan of the Phantom Thieves.
In addition to Kyoto, players will also have the opportunity to visit Osaka. They look into the activities of IT company Madicce. Its president, the charismatic and charming Akira Konoe, appears to have something to do with the latest case plaguing the Phantom Thieves.
Perhaps the largest reveal of all, however, is the new playable character in Persona 5 Scramble. Zenkichi Hasegawa himself is playable. His Persona, Valjean, is likely named after the protagonist of Les Misérables. Persona is known for making a character's Persona emotionally significant to the user. It also allows Hasegawa to use Absorb to drain enemy health, and Delirium to increase his damage in exchange for HP. His other skills include Almighty, Gun, and support-type abilities.
Though Japanese fans can look forward to the release next month, Atlus has yet to announce an export outside of Japan. Meanwhile, however, you can view the trailer below. A demo will also be released for Persona 5 Scramble next month on the Japanese eShop, as it isn't region-locked those interested in trying out the demo can create a Japanese Nintendo Switch account to try it out.
Much of Persona's appeal comes from its characters. The Phantom Thieves struggle with a variety of issues, but the series emphasizes the power of bonds and how they can overcome adversity. Atlus has a tradition of keeping their main protagonists mostly silent, but with glimmers of personality that come through every now and again. If you aren't familiar with the characters, or just want to get reacquainted, check out this trailer for Persona 5: Royal. Persona 5: Royal releases March 31, 2020 outside of Japan.