Persona 5 Royal Brings New Story Content, PS4-Exclusive RPG Set For 2019 In Japan, 2020 Worldwide
A new Phantom Thief joins later this year!
At the end of the first night for the live concert special Persona Super Live 2019, a full trailer for the updated version of Persona 5, called Persona 5 Royal, was shown. There was a ton of new content revealed including the new party member for the Phantom Thieves, additional areas for social activities, new attack animations, an extra Confidant, and a whole bunch more. As for release date, Persona 5 Royal is set to launch in Japan on October 31, 2019 and worldwide sometime in 2020 exclusively for PlayStation 4. You can watch a detailed breakdown and analysis of the trailer and additional screenshots in the video above.
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In the trailer, you can hear a new theme song and watch gameplay from areas that were not included in the original version. Particularly, you can roam around Kichijoji, engage in new social scenes with characters, visit an aquarium, and play pool and darts with the whole team at a game bar called Penguin Sniper.
You can see additional attack animations as well, specifically one featuring Haru firing her grenade launcher atop Morgana as a speeding bus in a sort of partner attack similar to those added in Persona 4 Golden. In another own shown in the trailer, Makoto is seen throwing lightning-fast fists Kenshiro-style after Ryuji sets up the attack. It also appears that there may be an additional palace based on a brief shot of a new animated cutscene. Joker himself uses a hookshot to get around different areas of existing palaces and solve new puzzles.
The new party member goes by the name of Kasumi Yoshizawa, and she's also a transfer student at Shujin Academy who's a rhythmic gymnast; she's shown elegantly dancing in an animated cutscene. You can see her in combat through a critical hit animation in the trailer for a brief moment as well--she uses a rapier-style sword and a Winchester-type rifle. Kasumi is going to play a major role and change up the original storyline and seems to be closely tied to Joker and Goro Akechi. There's another major character by the name of Takuto Maruki, who is a school counselor at Shujin and a new Confidant that appears after the Kamoshida debacle.
And if the original game wasn't long enough for you, there will be a third semester in the storyline along with extra events throughout the game. There will also be new story beats towards the end of the game to help flesh out the conclusion. You can catch a glimpse of it below, where the whole crew is celebrating New Year's Day and Yusuke appears to be setting up the perfect group picture.
There is a lot more to breakdown, so we went in-depth with our full Persona 5 Royal analysis on the new trailer and screenshots. You can also catch a video version of our P5R breakdown and watch the Japanese trailer above. In addition, the mysterious "P5S" was revealed on day two of Persona Super Live 2019--turns out it's an Dynasty Warriors-style action game titled Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers. It's being made in conjunction with Koei Tecmo and Omega Force for the PS4 and Switch; you can read all about in our story here.
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