Owing to their own game actions, The Phantom Thieves from the masterpiece that is Persona 5 (and Persona 5 Royal) can’t seem to stop infiltrating other commercial properties. They had previously made an appearance in Another Eden, a mobile RPG, Identity V, a Dead by Daylight-style game where you have to evade a killer stalking you, and Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag, a mobile gacha game, in addition to a slew of other physical properties and accessories. Their latest escapade sees Joker (the protagonist of Persona 5, who you can name yourself) and Queen (AKA Makoto Nijima) make their way over to AFK Arena, another mobile gacha hero-collector game that is one of the more successful titles on the app stores.
It’s been a busy year for Lillith Games, the makers of AFK Arena. The game has already seen collaborations with Assassin’s Creed, Overlord, and Samurai Showdown in this year alone, and Persona 5‘s duo will see the total of crossover characters increase to 10, one of which was famous assassin Ezio Auditore. Even YouTuber Markiplier has featured in AFK Arena as an NPC as the game celebrated another 2 million downloads during 2020.
Both Joker and Queen will feature their signature moves from Persona 5, adapted faithfully to fit AFK Arena‘s playstyle, while each offering different tactics for your specific party setups. Joker, and his persona Arsene, focus on AoE (area of effect) attacks and controlling the battles with attacks that target enemies under crowd control effects. The All-Out-Attack returns from P5 and will deal massive damage to all enemies once at least 3 enemies are under the influence of crowd control. Joker also has the ability to counter enemy crowd control effects, and the chances of them being removed go up if Queen is in the party.
Queen also likes her AoE attacks and can summon her persona Johanna to create a nuclear tornado that will suck groups of enemies together while dealing damage. Still, she also can protect and heal herself and her allies should she be leveled high enough.
This event features more than just new characters. There will also be a Persona-themed dungeon to dive into, featuring challenges where you have to pick Joker or Queen in your party. You can try both Joker and Queen out right now, but be warned, if you want to keep them in your hero roster, you will have to pay a hefty price. Either you can donate resources earned in-game to accumulate tokens, which in turn is traded to unlock the heroes, or you can buy them outright with real money.
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