Persona 5: The Royal confirmed to be an enhanced version of the original, releases October 31 in Japan and 2020 in Western regions

As promised Atlus has shed more light on Persona 5: The Royal confirming it to be an enhanced version of the original game with new content and improvements. The game is currently in development for the PS4 and set to release this year on October 31st in Japan and sometime in 2020 in the West.

We reported on several details on Persona 5: The Royal earlier this month, which mostly turned out to be true except for the addition of a female protagonist. Although we don’t know everything about the game yet…

Check out the Japanese trailer below:

There’s also a Western teaser released, check it out below:

Atlus confirmed that Persona 5 has sold over 2.7 million units worldwide, with Persona 5: The Royal attempting to enhance the game with new experiences. The new game will now allow players to experience the previously untold third school semester adding more to the story. There’s also a new character which the press release claims is the “key to approaching the depths”. There will also be new enemies and characters.

New Characters

Kasumi Yoshizawa is the brand new addition to the roster, who we saw of first in the teaser for the game last month. She is voiced by Sora Amamiya in the Japanese dub.

Kasumi is described as a beautiful girl that moved to Shujin Academy as a transfer student in the same year as our protagonist. She’s an accomplished rhythmic gymnast with the Academy having high expectations with her progress. She seems to idolize the protagonist but seems to reject the Phantom Thieves, so her role in the story is yet to be seen. She’s also a Persona user, check her out in action below:

Takuto Maruki is a new confidant in Persona 5: The Royal and is a part-time school counselor that was hired after certain events towards the beginning of the game. He’s described as having good listening skills and one to give detailed advice. He’s quite popular with the students. Takuto’s Arcana is “Le Consultant”. Check out a few screenshots starring him below:

The Third Semester

Persona 5: The Royal will allow players to experience the third semester which was previously not playable in the original release.

The third semester will have several events including:

Meeting a unknown young man. His appearance and manner of talking seem familiar, but we’ll have to wait and play the game to find out more.

Players will also be able to experience a New Year’s gathering event with the Phantom Thieves which feature some pretty awesome looking outfits.

A new Persona 5 Experience

The School Life section of the game is enhanced with players able to visit new areas in Tokyo.

One of new the new areas players will be able to visit is Kichijouji which is a very popular spot in the City that features both new and old attractions as well as different cultures and personalities. The area is home to all kinds of people.

There’s also a Darts Live collaboration that enables the company’s latest darts machine called DARTSLIVE3 to be playable in game. You’ll be able to invite friends to play the game after school, with there being potential gains by playing the game for the Phantom Thieves.

In addition there will be new Date Spots, as featured below with the Protagonist on a date with Kasumi.

You’ll be able to hang out with the Twins, taking them outside the Velvet Room for once for god knows they need it.

You’ll also be able to send images in the Instant Messaging app on your phone, allowing players to relive events of the past.

Life as the Phantom Thieves

The main thieving part is also improved with new enemies including Kyouma featured in the screenshot below:

There is also something strange happening in your Jail Cell, a new ability perhaps?

There’s also some new mysterious treasure in the Palaces, what could they be?

New additions in Persona 5: The Royal

Persona 5: The Royal adds several enhancements over the original including “Status Assist”. The feature will grant you school life suggestions, so you get some extra help in completing your tasks. The game overall adds several Quality of Life improvements.

The new game also adds new songs from series composer Shoji Meguro. Songstress Lyn will be singing the opening, ending, battle theme and other new tracks.

Persona 5: The Royal also has full PS4 Pro support that allows you to enjoy the game at a higher resolution and greater detail if you own Sony’s upper tier console. This addition was certainly unexpected as Atlus and SEGA games don’t usually provide enhancements for PS4 Pro, so this is a great touch.

More information for Persona 5: The Royal is promised next month so stay tuned to the site to hear more.

Persona 5: The Royal releases October 31 in Japan and sometime in 2020 in Western regions. The game is currently onnly confirmed for a PS4 release.

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