Character 5 Strikers is the latest entry in the famed franchise, completely rethinking the main game's formula, morphing into a hack 'n' slash Musou-like entry. It's something completely different from the turn-based system of Persona 5, reminiscent of RPGs of old, but it certainly fits the theme of Phantom Thieves very well. With enough playable characters to ensure a good amount of content, Strikers is doing its best to solidify its place among other famous spin-offs that have followed the same route, namely Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity. That said, there's something we're not happy to confirm, which makes it a significant downside.
Does Persona 5 Strikers have multiplayer mode?
Unfortunately no. Persona 5 Strikers completely lacks any form of multiplayer functionality, either co-op or online, which is odd at first. Musou games tend to have huge battlefields, with room for multiple players either with a local split-screen mode or even online. Hyrule Warriors for the Wii U was first released like this, but even that entry was later revamped for the 3DS and Switch, to include multiplayer. That's exactly why it's strange not to include such a feature, because the specific IP's environment and elements support such a style of play.
As for why the team didn't bother to include multiplayer of any kind, there isn't much information to answer that question. There's always a chance the developers wanted to keep the series close to its source material, being an all-single-player adventure, so as not to spoil much of the main game, as it's a direct sequel. . In a time when DLC dominates pretty much everywhere, there's always a chance they'll change their minds, implementing some sort of multiplayer in there. Only time will tell, and we'll be here to let you know when and if it happens.
Character 5 Strikers officially releases on February 23, 2022 on PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. Those who pre-ordered the Deluxe Edition can jump into the game now.
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