Just yesterday, Atlus dropped the first teaser for Persona 5: The Royal – an enhanced version of the wildly popular J-RPG Persona 5 (P5).
Abbreviated as P5R, it seems like it’s going to be Atlus’ newest release for the PS4. It’ll be launching in Japan on 31st October 2019, but in the West and Asia in 2020 (with no confirmed launch date).
Atlus has done this before, for its previous mainline game in the Persona series – Persona 4 (P4) had Persona 4 Golden (P4G). As an enhanced version of P4, P4G had more social links, in other words, extra characters you could interact with. It also had extra dungeons, and overall more content added without changing the game’s main story. Similarly, P5R seems like it will be expanding on P5’s existing content.
What’s New in P5R?
Persona 5 is set in Tokyo, and in general, there are a couple of areas that the protagonist can visit – Akihabara, Shibuya, just to name a few. An entirely new area (Kichioji) has been added as part of P5R. The teaser itself shows a new aquarium and a new bar that the player can visit, which will definitely be interesting to see in game!
The in-game character sprites and attacks seem to have been enhanced as well, with what seems like duo or tag-team based attacks coming into the picture. It seems like playtime for P5R will be even longer than P5’s estimated 100-hour playtime too, seeing as how the game will touch on the students’ third semester at school.
More importantly, P5R introduces a new Phantom Thief! Previously (and briefly) teased in Atlus’ very first P5R teaser, her name is Kasumi Yoshikawa. Apart from all that, we don’t know much else about her – it’s unclear what her role in the game will be, and whether she’s a friend or foe to the Phantom Thieves.
More news on Persona 5: The Royal will be released on the 3rd of May. In the meantime, hang tight for more Persona-related news tomorrow, as there’ll be more announcements tonight!