Persona 5 Strikers has a singular place among the many musou-style motion recreation variations of assorted franchises. Koei Tecmo and Omega Drive are well-known for that high-octane one-versus-100 slash-em-up gameplay, specifically via Dynasty Warriors, and introduced that vitality to an array of in style video games and anime franchises resembling The Legend of Zelda, Fire Emblem, and One Piece. However what makes Persona 5 Strikers so totally different is its dedication to the supply materials and the RPG elements–both in narrative and gameplay–that are key to Persona’s id. Strikers labored so nicely that it stands out as its personal Persona entry, and to the purpose the place I nearly forgot I used to be taking part in a musou-style motion recreation.
It is a testomony to the collaborative efforts between Atlus and Koei Tecmo, as a result of, as you’ll be able to in all probability think about, bringing the 2 design philosophies collectively did not come straightforward. I had an opportunity to speak with producer Daisuke Kanada from Atlus and director Kazutoshi Sekiguchi from Koei Tecmo to dig deeper into how the 2 groups had been in a position to pull it off. All the pieces from incorporating Persona 5’s RPG fight mechanics to the brand new characters and narrative themes was on the desk, they usually even trace that there could be extra in retailer between the 2 studios.
This interview was performed by way of e-mail and thru a translator, and it was edited for readability and readability. The next content material doesn’t include spoilers. If you wish to know extra in regards to the recreation, remember to learn my , or if you have not performed the unique RPG, examine .
What was the collaborative effort like between Koei Tecmo and Atlus when arising with the gameplay system for Strikers? Have been there compromises, what had been the conversations like?
Daisuke Kanada: After establishing the essential movement of the gameplay and story, the idea of the title, the theme, and so on., I do not forget that we labored on the story and motion elements in parallel. If I needed to decide one level the place there was a definite collaborative effort–it would possibly sound contradictory–but I feel it was the connection that we established the place we revered one another’s strengths, whereas taking advantage of our personal. By way of story, characterization, and worldbuilding, we tried to carry out the most effective of Persona.
However, for the motion elements, we prioritized the data and expertise of Omega-Drive. We needed to create a title that might solely be created via this collaboration, and one that might replicate the action-packed specialty of Omega-Drive. In the identical means, Omega-Drive included each single element to carry out the distinctive really feel of Persona 5. The occasion scenes, person interface, and soundtrack had been all at a stage that might have been unattainable if there hadn’t been the need to create a recreation true to the Persona fashion.
Kazutoshi Sekiguchi: As Kanada-san mentioned, I consider that our most vital collaborative effort was having that relationship the place we had been in a position to knock our concepts towards one another to be able to notice one another’s strengths. They had been relentlessly vital in pursuit of creating the visuals and sound the most effective they could possibly be, and when it got here to motion, we frequently needed to clarify our intentions to them.
As for the story, I do not forget that the employees members in cost mentioned backwards and forwards with one another to the purpose of exhaustion. When voice recording was about to start out, the employees in cost spent greater than per week in Atlus’ convention room, from morning till night time, bouncing concepts off of one another. This was one of the crucial tough factors within the improvement of this title.
How difficult was it to include lots of Persona 5’s authentic components into a brand new fight system?
Sekiguchi: A typical instance of this might be the basic expertise and weaknesses. It is a vital battle aspect that’s distinctive to Persona, however in Strikers’ early days that mechanic did not match that nicely into the design, and Joker’s Persona-changing mechanism did not serve a lot objective. This was as a result of to start with, the sport was designed to be a “musou motion” recreation, which is Omega-Drive’s forte, so it was straightforward to annihilate enemies with out having to take advantage of their weaknesses. We might additionally restricted the variety of Persona expertise that could possibly be utilized in battle, and designed them for use rapidly as instantaneous motion controls.
Within the course of of getting Atlus assessment the prototype and talk about it with the event crew, we got here to the conclusion that we would have liked to revamp the sport extra as an action-RPG, in any other case it would not really feel like a Persona recreation. From that time on, we distanced ourselves from the traditional concept of musou motion, and altered the route of the sport to extend the results of combating tactically and exploiting weaknesses. Together with this, we made varied quality-of-life enhancements resembling freezing time whereas deciding on Persona expertise and displaying the enemy’s weak factors. As soon as we had this in place, we had been in a position to refine the results of “1 Extra” assaults, All-Out Assaults, and Baton Passes.
The fight system turned out nice, absolutely it’s important to take advantage of it! Are there any plans for a follow-up recreation? or adapting this method for an additional recreation?
Kanada: There have been lots of challenges in creating Persona 5 Strikers, however we had been very happy with the ultimate recreation, and it has obtained excessive reward from the gamers. I do not need this to be the top of this specific system, or the brand new characters. I personally would like to create one other new title to comply with this one.
Sekiguchi: If there is a chance, definitely! Kanada-san, Atlus-san, let’s keep in contact. (laughs)
What are some classes you’ve got discovered from engaged on Strikers that you’re going to take into future initiatives?
Kanada: With regard to this being a collaborative manufacturing, one in every of its major options, we discovered rather a lot. I used to be reminded as soon as once more that when two builders reap the benefits of one another’s strengths and are available collectively as one, even a title with the acquainted Persona title can tackle a putting new kind.
Sekiguchi: Working with Atlus for the primary time, we discovered rather a lot from the venture. That features our classes from their know-how of the RPG style, one thing we hadn’t labored on earlier than, and their consideration to the story, cutscenes, and visuals.
Greater than something, borrowing the great Persona 5 IP, we had been in a position to create a title that gamers will deem “a worthy sequel to Persona 5,” which boosted the boldness of all the event members and the technical expertise of the crew. The expertise of creating this title itself has change into a beneficial asset for every one in every of us.
Humanity is gorgeous in some ways, however folks even have private weaknesses and ugliness that they wish to cover. That form of sincere portrayal doesn’t suggest we quit and say, “This is the reason people are not any good.” However reasonably to ship a constructive message that even these facets are a part of human potential. That is what I really feel in each Shin Megami Tensei and Persona. – Daisuke Kanada, producer on Persona 5 Strikers
Zenkichi and Sophia are nice characters and match nicely with the remaining, what’s it wish to strive incorporating new faces right into a forged many followers already know and love?
Kanada: After we considered including new characters to the already-beloved forged, we had been continually apprehensive about whether or not they can be accepted, whether or not they would stand out, or whether or not they can be overshadowed. That is why we had many discussions with Omega-Drive and the inner employees, and continued to look at and assessment each single line of dialogue.
Sekiguchi: We made lots of ideas for the brand new characters, however I keep in mind we had been each continually testing the waters to start with. We had lots of discussions. As soon as [Shigenori] Soejima-san (artwork director and character designer) accomplished his design, the form of the character got here into focus, the story was finalized, and the actors added their voices. I feel that was the purpose the place it lastly felt like we hit the mark.
It was a really thrilling expertise to see how the writers, designers, and actors labored collectively to make the characters really feel extra actual and extra likable on daily basis.
Kanada: After the discharge of this title, we obtained constructive suggestions from many individuals in regards to the new characters, and all of the employees, together with myself, are more than happy to listen to that. Personally, I would like to inform the story of Sophia and Zenkichi’s lives after this recreation ultimately.
Persona 5 Strikers says rather a lot about how trauma impacts folks and their actions, what are the stuff you need gamers to remove from the story?
Kanada: I feel that all the messages that the gamers take away after taking part in the sport are their very own solutions. In creating this recreation, we made certain it was filled with every kind of themes and messages. However I feel that if we tried to place all of them into phrases ourselves, it would influence their significance.
As a result of gaming is a medium that includes taking part in it your self, this makes the non-public messages and impactful moments resonate within the gamers’ minds, and I feel it is protected to say that these impressions are the theme of Persona 5 Strikers.
[To Kanada-san] You’ve got been with Atlus engaged on Shin Megami Tensei and Persona for a very long time now. Whenever you look again, what’s it about these video games that attracts you to them?
Kanada: The truth that they depict human weak point. Humanity is gorgeous in some ways, however folks even have private weaknesses and ugliness that they wish to cover. That form of sincere portrayal doesn’t suggest we quit and say, “This is the reason people are not any good.” However reasonably to ship a constructive message that even these facets are a part of human potential. That is what I really feel in each Shin Megami Tensei and Persona.
I feel that is the explanation why Atlus’ works root themselves within the reminiscences of so many individuals, and in addition why I used to be drawn to them.
Strikers is stuffed with superb songs, what’s your favourite remix or new tune and why?
Kanada: “You Are Stronger.”
It is the opening observe of this recreation, with lyrics written by Lotus Juice. After all, all of the songs are actually cool and I like all of them, however this tune was made particularly to characterize this title. I feel it is the proper tune for the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, and for a way they provide braveness to everybody.
It is the tune for the primary battle. Mixed with the context of the battle, I feel this tune actually symbolizes the collaboration between Omega-Drive and the Persona crew.