Persona 3 Reload Adds “Shift” Battle Mechanic; Like Persona 5 Baton Passes

Following the latest information drop for Persona 3 Reload, Japanese outlets have begun sharing their impressions from previews of the game. Dengeki’s coverage, in particular, mentions a new battle mechanic called Shift, which seems highly similar to the Baton Pass feature from Persona 5.

You can view their statement about Shift below, translated by our team’s Ryuji:

A new feature called Shift has been added in battle. By hitting a Shadow’s weak point, you’ll get a 1 MORE, and then you can entrust your actions to another character by pressing LT*. For those who have played Persona 5, this will feel extremely similar to Baton Pass.

*The build played by the Dengeki writer had XBOX prompts. Following that logic, PlayStation would be L2.

This implementation will undoubtedly make combat more convenient and modernized for those used to newer Persona entries.

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In case you missed it, check out our announcement coverage of Persona 3 Reload, comprising a trailer, screenshots, English voice actor information, and more.

Atlus also confirmed that Persona 3 Reload will receive special teasers on “each official full moon.”

Persona 3 was initially a PlayStation 2 title that birthed the concept of Social Links that would follow in Persona 4 and Persona 5. Then, a director’s cut version named F.E.S. launched later, featuring a new playable epilogue called The Answer and added enhanced gameplay features.

Years later, Persona 3 Portable was released for the PSP, which removed The Answer and the ability to walk around town but added the option to play as a female protagonist and new post-game challenges.

Persona 3 Portable is now available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, and PC.

Check out our review.

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