Persona 5 Royal was finally announced earlier this year in April, after much teasing and speculation. There's a lot to look forward to with the re-release, including new Confidants, a new character called Kasumi Yoshizawa, and much more. In this guide we'll be rounding up all the details we know about the re-release for PS4 so far, including the Persona 5 Royal release date, all the trailer footage we've seen so far, and more.
Persona 5 Royal Release Date
Atlus revealed earlier this year that the Persona 5 Royal release date is October 31, 2019. However this release date is actually only for the Japanese version of the re-release. As for the western Persona 5 Royal release date, Atlus confirmed that a release at some point during 2020 is being planned for Europe and North America.
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 Trailer
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.
While we'll break down some of the more notable additions below, if you look closely in the trailer above, you can see new animations for characters like Ryuji during conversations. 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.
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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.