For a big video game franchise, Persona has had barely any presence in mobile gaming world in terms of official apps or smartphone games. Because of this, I was surprised to hear that Persona was getting its own smartphone app and mini-game called Persona O.A. featuring new dialogue with everyone’s favourite Persona 5 characters and gameplay elements from Persona 5. Persona O.A. is out now in Japan in an initial form but it’s supposed to get updated with the gameplay features sometime in the future, so I thought I’d talk about what Persona O.A. is now and what it’s supposed to be in its Japanese version with the hope that one day it will be released in the West as well.
What It Will Be
While it’s not going to be as intricate as the console version, if all of these things are included in future updates to Persona O.A., it looks like a smartphone app I’d personally be interested in as a Persona fan as it looks like a version that is both condensed and yet full of content to satisfy a Persona craving on the go. Since Persona 5 didn’t feature any additional story in DLC and is a console experience, this would be a great way to spend more time with its characters in a portable setting and I’m curious to see if it will tell its own story or expand on moments in the original Persona 5 game.
What It Is Now
At the moment, the main features are the ones that help users keep up to date with Persona news and events. There’s a Persona 5-style calendar in place that lists upcoming Persona events such as the upcoming Persona 5 Animation and you can currently use Persona points to access exclusive events in Japan and download smartphone wallpapers. For me, these weren’t the features that drew me to download the app, but I’m sure it’ll be a nice bonus to instantly have access to Persona information when it adds its gameplay elements.
Are you interested in Persona O.A.? Would you try it if it came out in English?
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