Persona 5 The Royal: Release Date, New Characters, More

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April 30 Update: We've got more details about Persona 5R, pulled from its trailer.

Japanese RPG Persona 5 stole our hearts, so we at Tom's Guide (much like you at home) are very interested in the rumored title Persona 5 R. Of course, though, its publisher & developer Atlus has been keeping things mum, giving us just enough information to get excited, but not enough to pre-order.

Credit: Atlus via p5r.jpCredit: Atlus via p5r.jpA lot of the hype around Persona 5 R is tied to the game Persona 4 Golden (a PS Vita re-release of Persona 4) which was heralded as the best version of that game. So what are we getting with Persona 5 R?

What is Persona 5 The Royal?

Trailers for Persona 5 The Royal (also styled as Persona 5R) have shown us that this new game looks to be abide by the idea "all that and then some," by adding new characters and gameplay.

Persona 5 The Royal Reveal

The second trailer for Persona 5 (published on March 23, 2019) revealed the full title, "Persona 5 The Royal," and seems to suggest this will be a Game Of The Year Edition, similar to previous titles such as Persona 4 Golden.

This 45-second clip introduced an unnamed female student at the Shujin Academy, who we've later learned is Kasumi Yoshizawa, who will attend Shujin academy.

P5 The Royal Trailer

A trailer published on April 24 at the Persona Super Live 2019 concert revealed that Kasumi Yoshizawa will be joining forces with the Phantom Thieves after transferring to the school. P5 The Royal will also add more city exploration options and provide new confidant social links. In one screenshot posted to the game's website, we see Kasumi dining out with Goro Akeshi and Joker.

Credit: Atlus via p5r.jpCredit: Atlus via p5r.jp

On the game's site p5r.jp, we've been introduced to a new confidants coming in P5R: Takuto Maruki, a school counselor at Shujin Academy, who has been shown to interact with Joker.  Some are claiming the site also shows a character named Ikeman, which Gamer Professionals is claiming translates to "good-looking man" — who is a possible human form of Morgana, the party member from P5R who is a cat.

Yes, P5 The Royal might finally show is Morgana's true form, as this character spent much of Persona 5 struggling with their potential past. Ikeman is seen lusting after party member Ann Takamaki, another sign he may be Morgana. 

Credit: p5r.jpCredit: p5r.jp

A GearNuke report claims Persona 5: The Royal "is an enhanced version of the original game with new content," that features a "very lengthy new epilogue" with "new characters integral to the story, including the girl seen in the previous trailer."

There's also going to be a new playable character who is female, but isn't the girl we saw in the trailer. This report also says The Royal will have "a ton of new content" including new Personas and Social Links, and that the sheer mass of content is getting in the way of a simultaneous worldwide release.

Persona 5 R was first teased in a trailer published on Dec. 30, 2018, which suggested it will be tied to the universe set up in Persona 5.

Persona 5 R Teaser

The trailer shows the logo of that game's protagonists, the Phantom Thieves of Hearts (a group of teens who invaded the minds of terrible adults, to make them confess to terrible crimes they have hidden from society).

Further, the trailer shows moments from Japan's Shibuya ward, a popular district filled with giant screens and very busy people, which was a key location in that game. Aside from this, though, there's little we know about the content of the game.

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In that trailer, we see the phrase "New projects" broadcast on those giant screens in Shibuya, the same panels that the Phantom Thieves would hijack to broadcast their messages. Our best guess is that these "new projects" are additional missions that the Phantom Thieves need to go on, but we'll see.

When is Persona 5 The Royal coming out?

We first thought Persona 5 The Royal would come out worldwide on October 31, 2019 after that date flashed on screen during the Persona Super Live 2019 concert. A video clip published later revealed that Persona 5 The Royal is hitting the Western territories next year, in 2020.

P5 The Royal

What consoles will Persona 5 The Royal come out on?

This hasn't been confirmed yet, but P5R is likely a PlayStation 4 exclusive. While many (myself included) have hoped Atlus will release a Persona game on the Nintendo Switch, we've got little reason to expect P5R will be on Nintendo's portable console, as both of Persona 5 R's trailers began with the short "PS" video clip that often precedes PlayStation exclusives.

The GearNuke report supports the expectation that this title is a PS4 exclusive.

But wait, what's Persona 5 S?

While rumors leaked details of an upcoming Persona 5 S game on the Nintendo Switch, that game has turned out to be Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers, which isn't a port of the PS4 game. A trailer posted on April 25 revealed that this game is a horde-fighting action RPG (commonly known as musou), made by Dynasty Warriors developer Omega Force.

Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers

It's coming to the Nintendo Switch and PS4, at a to-be-announced future date.

On April 2, prolific gaming tweeter @Wario64 posted what appeared to be evidence that Persona 5 coming to the Switch, confirming what we'd heard in late February. His post quote-tweets a photo showing "Persona 5 - Nintendo Switch" for $59.99 in a Best Buy terminal, and the well-regarded tweeter notes "I can confirm it is in Best Buy's system."

The first website to tease this game, https://p5s.jp/, hyped the April 25 announcement. Using the inspect element code trick in a web browser, you can find a 6-line message, an early Easter Egg if you will.

Throwing that text in Google's translation feature, I got the following message, which is a bit rough.

<!-[Notice letter]->
<!-April 25, 2019. ->
<!-I will show you a new monster thief that will overturn the world's cognition. ->
<!-We are excited about the voice of the meeting. ->
<!-Once again, we will receive your heart at the Gokugikan. ->
<!-From the Phantom Thief. ->

Fortunately, Gematsu published what appears to be a better translation:

Calling Card

April 25, 2019.

We will show you a new Phantom Thieves that will turn the world’s cognition on its head.

We are energized by voices that seek satisfaction.

Once again, we will take your heart at the Ryougoku Kokugikan.

—From the Phantom Thieves.

That's it for now, keep this page bookmarked to get updates from those events. We're as curious and eager to learn more as you are.