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In an announcement post on the Pandasaurus Games website, Atlus has revealed that the game will be designed by Emerson Matsuuchi, who has also worked on other board games such as Century: Eastern Wonders and Foundations of Rome.
“Players will take on the roles of their favourite phantom thieves and fight to change the world in this cooperative card-based strategy game,” says Matsuuchi.
Pandasaurus Games says it is aiming to publish the new Persona 5 Royal card game in “Q4 of 2023” and promises more details to follow, but in an image heading the announcement article, a date in October is given. “On October 21st, 2023, we will steal your heart,” the image reads.
Further details on the format the game will take, aside from being a card-based strategy game, have not been made clear as of yet, but given Pandasaurus Games’ experience with releasing board and card games, it’s likely to be a standalone product rather than a collectible item.
Pandasaurus Games co-owner, Nathan McNair, also expressed his excitement at the arrival of the game within the post. Having been a “diehard fan” he says, “I cannot wait to bring the palaces, velvet room and world of Persona 5 Royal onto tabletops everywhere in 2023.”
The game announcement comes just days before the port of Persona 5 Royal to PCs and modern consoles on October 21. The game will also be available on Xbox Game Pass. Its predecessors are also on the way, with a release date recently being announced for Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 Portable. The duo will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC on January 19, 2023.
In other news, Blizzard has fixed a bug which was causing players to inadvertently purchase premium skins in the Overwatch 2 in-game store, but is apparently refusing to offer refunds to those affected.