More Persona 5 Tactica Story, Gameplay Details Released
Atlas released more Japanese details and screenshots for the upcoming Persona 5 spin-off Persona 5 Tactica. The update covers more of the game’s story and setting as well as its tactical combat and other gameplay elements. Persona 5 Tactica is set to release on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch worldwide on November 17, 2023.
Persona 5 Tactica sees the Phantom Thieves transported to a mysterious realm where they are attacked by a force called the Legionnaries. After a fight, the Legionnaires’ leader Marie shows up and brainwashes all of the Phantom Thieves except for Joker and Morgana. The two are saved by Erina, the leader of a revolutionary army fighting against the Legionnaires to overthrow their rule over the “Kingdom”. Joker and Morgana join Erina at the revolutionary hideout, learning it looks exactly like the Leblanc café.
Joker and Morgana discover that Marie and the Legionnaries are planning to host a giant wedding and look to rescue their comrades. While doing so, they discover a man called Toshiro Kasukabe who is locked in prison. He is a politician in the real world and claims to have no knowledge of he came to the Kingdom or got locked up.
Persona 5 Tactica features a tactical combat system incorporating many of Persona 5’s combat elements, including the Baton Pass and Persona skills, with up to three party members in at any one time. Cover plays an important role in game; if players end their turn behind cover they enter guard mode, which can lessen damage taken or even fully block an attack. However, taking damage while not in guard mode will grant the enemy an additional attack.
Enemies will also utilise guard mode. To get an opponent out of guard mode, players can use a melee attack to knock them out of cover and then potentially pile on with additional attacks. While Persona skills are traditionally used to find and exploit enemy weaknesses, in Persona 5 Tactica they are used to impart various effects. For example, Agi will make enemies take extra damage at the end of a turn while Zio will prevent movement for a turn. Using a skill to inflict damage will also put them out of guard mode. There is also a new “Voltage” gauge in the bottom right of the screen, which is raised by dealing and receiving damage. When full, players can activate unique skills for each character that have a wide variety of effects.
Players have some control over character progression will the game’s skill trees. Raising character levels or witnessing character events will award GP that can be spent unlocking upgrades on each character’s skill tree. The skill trees can be reset at any time. The special character events can be activated by selecting the “Talk” option at the hideout.