A definitive, expanded version of the wonderfully stylish RPG, Persona 5, is on the way. Persona 5 Royalwill feature a ton of new content and tweaks, similar to what developer Atlus had done in the past with Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 FES. Just this week, a detailed trailer showed off a lot of what’s new, and we’re here to breakdown and analyze some of the most notable details. Note that there will be light spoilers for the original version of Persona 5.
The original game launched in September 2016 for Japan, and April 2017 worldwide and was met with wide critical acclaim. GameSpot’s own Lucy James said in her Persona 5 review, “It’s stuffed to bursting point with gameplay ideas and presentation flourishes–there’s an overwhelming level of artistry in every part of Persona 5, making it a truly standout entry in the series. It’s a refined, effortlessly stylish RPG that will be talked about for years to come.” We also awarded it the #2 spot in our Best Games Of 2017 list.
Persona 5 Royal set to launch on October 31, 2019 in Japan and sometime in 2020 worldwide exclusively for the PlayStation 4. More information will be revealed on May 9, but in the meantime, we have you covered for everything we know about P5R so far.
New Opening And Music
Persona 5 Royal will have a new opening animation which we believe is what’s shown early in the trailer. Of course, the new animation bursts with that unique, confident style of the Phantom Thieves, and it prominently features grappling hooks to hint at a new gameplay element.
While the previous intro featured the song “Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There,” a new theme song will accompany the fresh animation. The song doesn’t have a title yet, but it’s a certified banger; and the soundtrack’s singer Lyn is still leading the charge on vocals. As for the soundtrack as a whole, series composer Shoji Meguro and Lyn are teaming up again to bring additional tunes including battle and ending themes.
The New Phantom Thief, Kasumi Yoshizawa
The most significant addition to P5R is the new character Kasumi Yoshizawa. She’ll have a big impact on story since she joins the Phantom Thieves in some capacity and has dedicated cutscenes and social events; she’s also prominently featured on the game’s box art.
Based on translations of her dialogue featured in both the initial teaser and this new trailer, she speaks with Goro Akechi about her thoughts on the Phantom Thieves and whether or not she believes in their methods and vision for justice. It seems that she’s conflicted.
What we know about her so far is that she’s a first-year transfer student at Shujin Academy who arrives around the same time Joker does. She’s a highly-skilled ballerina or rhythmic gymnast; you can see her shutting down the dance floor with her elegant moves at what looks to be a school social event.
Kasumi In Combat
There are a few seconds that show Kasumi in combat where she hits an enemy with a critical hit using her low-profile sword and Winchester-style gun to deal a ton of damage. Her outfit in the Metaverse seems to be inspired by her real-world talents, as she’s seen sporting what looks like a leotard underneath a Joker-style coat. Kasumi also rocks knee-high boots and a Victorian-style mask.
If you look at her battle portrait, you’ll see that she has relatively low SP compared to other party members. This may indicate that she’s more of a melee- and gun-focused fighter. We haven’t seen her persona yet, so we don’t know what her moveset will look like.
New Confidant, Takuto Maruki The School Counselor
Not only does P5R include a new Phantom Thief to fight alongside the rest of the party, there will be a new Confidant by the name of Takuto Maruki. He’s a school counselor said to show up at Shujin Academy shortly after Kamoshida gets the boot. Takuto may be there to help everyone recover from the trauma, indicated by his interaction with Ann who was at the center of those events. His Confidant route is said to provide perks to combat negotiations.
New Content In Palaces
Along with the grappling hook, Palaces will also have new content. There appears to be a new puzzle sequence in Kamoshida’s Palace where interacting with a statue of the disgusting, scumbag PE teacher unlocks a door. Another screenshot shows a never-before-seen item in a Palace though we don’t know what this implies.
A New Hangout Spot For Everyone: Penguin Sniper
Speaking of places to chill, there’s a new spot called Penguin Sniper which is billiards cafe/bar with pool tables and darts (specifically DartsLive, which is also a prominent chain in Japan). These don’t look like minigames, but instead a new opportunity to build social standing with your squad. Previously, spending time with your crew always had to be 1-on-1, but it seems like everyone can gather at once. It’s nice to see everyone together to foster a better sense of team bonding.
Makoto and Ryuji Have A Partner Attack Too
You also get a see a partner attack between Makoto and Ryuji. Makoto throws punches lightning fast by channeling her best impression of the Hokuto Shinken fighting technique–a sweet homage to Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star–after Ryuji sets her up with a stunning hit with his bat.
You wouldn’t think of these two being the best of friends, so it’s great to see them interact more. Small additions like this can build a stronger sense of camaraderie among characters, just like they did in P4G.
New Year’s Day Celebration
This screenshot may not seem like much, but we find this to be significant. The tail-end of Persona 5 went by fairly fast and could’ve done more to bring everyone together before the story wrapped up. Here, we have a special social scene during New Year’s Day with the team (including Kasumi) gathered at a shrine to celebrate together. The girls are seen in Yukata, and Yusuke seems to be framing the perfect group picture. New Year’s Day was also a great addition to P4G where the cast was brought together to enjoy the festivities and watch fireworks.