Persona 5 Royal might have been announced earlier this year, but we'll be waiting until 2020 until we can play the re-release of Atlus' 2017 game outside of Japan. In this complete guide to the re-release, we'll be going over details like the Persona 5 Royal release date, all the Persona 5 Royal trailer footage we've seen so far, the new Persona 5 Royal Kasumi Yoshizawa character, and more.
Persona 5 Royal Release Date
Earlier this year, Atlus revealed the Persona 5 Royal release date to be October 31, 2019. But don't get your hopes up just yet, as this is only the release date for the Japanese version of the game. For everyone else in the west, we'll have to wait until March 31, 2020 to get our hands on Persona 5 Royal.
When in 2020, is not clear. Atlus has typically been better at closing the Japan/Western release gaps after Persona 5 was originally delayed, like the Persona 3/5 dancing spin-off games being released a matter of months in the west after Japan, so it's not entirely unreasonable to expect Persona 5 Royal to release in the west at some point during the first half of 2020.
Persona 5 Royal Trailers
If you're wondering what Persona 5 Royal actually is, then look no further than the trailer below. It's basically a remake of Persona 5, still releasing on the PS4 exclusively, but with many new content features.
Then there's the more recent, and extended Persona 5 Royal trailer, just below. In this trailer we can see a redesigned Mementos, as well as a new character that appears in Mementos called Jose. This new, mysterious character immediately calls Morgana a cat, so we know those two are going to get on just fine.
There's also a brand new Palace that we can briefly see, which Kasumi joins the Phantom Thieves in venturing in to. There's tons of new cinematic footage in this Persona 5 Royal trailer, which looks smooth as ever from Atlus.
Persona 5 Royal New Features
Now we'll break down some additional details we've noticed in the Persona 5 Royal trailers above, like new conversation sprites for Ryuji. You'll be able to take selfies and send them to the Phantom Thieves group chat from your phone, and Futaba also now has a combat finisher move for the first time.
On top of this, Persona 5 Royal will feature an entirely new third semester. The original 2017 game featured two school terms: Fall to Winter, and Winter to Spring, so this new third term should go right into Summer, past where the original game wrapped up in March.
There's also one new, unidentified character in the third semester. You can see them just below, and if we didn't know better, we'd hazard a guess that what you're seeing there is the human version of Morgana. Plot twist!
Finally, it seems like there'll be a change of role for the twins in Persona 5 Royal. Justine and Caroline can now enter the real world! The pair could hang around by the entrance to the Velvet Room before, but the trailer seems to reveal that the twins can head out into the real world in The Royal.
Persona 5 Royal Kasumi Yoshizawa
Perhaps the most notable addition for Persona 5 Royal is a new character called Kasumi Yoshizawa. Originally dubbed "Poniko" when the character was revealed alongside the unveiling of Persona 5 Royal earlier in the year, Yoshizawa is a transfer student that enters Shujin Academy at the same time as Ren, but in the year below Ren and the rest of the Phantom Thieves.
Back when Persona 5 Royal was teased for the first time, Kasumi was heard conversing with Goro Akechi. The detective asks her what she thinks of the Phantom Thieves, and Kasumi appears to reject their ideology. In the reveal trailer for The Royal, this distrust for the Phantom Thieves is confirmed, so we're going to have to wait and see whether Yoshizawa will be our friend, or another antagonist in Persona 5 Royal.
More recently in mid 2019, Atlus released a brief look at Kasumi's Persona, and social interactions, in Persona 5 Royal. You can see the trailer below, which gives us a glimpse of Kasumi's awakening scene where her Persona, known as Cendrillion, appears for the first time.
Persona 5 Royal New Confidant
As of right now, the only new character aside from Kasumi is called Takuto Maruki. His Confidant Social Link is known as 'The Consultant,' and Maruki will be joining Shujin Academy in April, shortly after the incident with Shiho and Kamoshida.
From the trailer for Persona 5 Royal, it certainly seems like Takuto will be a kind character. Which is what you'd expect from a counselor, I suppose, but it's good to know that we'll be getting another caring Confidant character in the remake.
Persona 5 Royal New Areas
Persona 5 Royal is set to add new areas to the game, which was pretty huge as it was. Firstly, there's Kichijoji, a new area in Tokyo, which seems filled with new food joints and trendy stores for our Phantom Thieves to explore.
Elsewhere, there are new date spots where you can swoon your fellow characters. We can see Kasumi Yoshizawa with Ren in an aquarium in one shot during the trailer, which is certainly a location that we never got to visit in Tokyo before.
As of right now, this is absolutely all the information we have on Persona 5 Royal. When new information come to light about the game, like a solid release date for western audiences, we'll be sure to update this guide straight away.