Persona 5 Royal is comparable to previous titles such as Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 Portable. Its an improved version of the already incredible Persona 5. Launching as a PlayStation 4 exclusive this October in Japan and 2020 worldwide. Presumably, it will launch as a full-price $60 AAA JRPG.
The biggest addition to Persona 5’s character pool is Kasumi Yoshizawa. She’s a skilled rhythmic gymnast who transfers to Shujin Academy at the same time as the protagonist. Whilst we don’t know-how, this red-head ends up as a Phantom Thief at some point in the story. Her weapon of choice is a rapier and her Persona is Cendrillon. Cendrillon is the French adaptation of Cinderella, keeping up Persona 5’s literature theme.
The only other new character we currently know is Takuto Maruki. This NPC is hired as a counselor at Shujin Academy following Kamoshida’s allegations. He has a very positive view of the Phantom Thieves. Thought to be compassionate and kind, Maruki will play an important role as one of Joker’s confidants.
Party members will be able to team up and use signature Show Time combo moves. Various examples of these are showcased throughout Persona 5 Royal’s trailers. Makoto and Haru’s Show Time is based on professional female wrestling. In the latest Haru trailer, a Show Time move between Morgana and Haru is also seen.
Baton Pass is getting a significant rework. Previously, this mechanic allowed you to give up a party member’s turn and let someone else take it instead. This encouraged the player to take advantage of specific strengths in match-up their party had. In Persona 5 Royal, Baton Pass will come with a rank system. Leveling up your Baton Pass will give various benefits when using it.
Individual Personas will not carry traits impacting factors such as their SP consumption. Speaking of Personas: Ryuji, Ann, Yusuke, and Futaba all have new confirmed Personas. Futaba will also be getting her very own all-out attack. Finally, Personas can use skills that cannot naturally be learned through the use of accessories.
In the initial reveal trailer, we got to see glimpses of an entirely new city, Kichijoji. Since there was a shop with a T-Shirt icon its possible Persona 5 Royal will feature purchasable outfits. We already know that various palaces will be getting overhauled with tonnes of new stuff to do. There are even hints of a brand new palace, likely linked to Kasumi.
Penguin Sniper is the new hit bar in town. You can hang out here with various members of your party. It’s unclear exactly what the benefits are of this currently. It’s possible though that building relationships in this could be linked to unlocking Show Time skills.
Perhaps the biggest and most significant upgrade of all is the implementation of a third semester. In Persona 5, the final story events take place at the end of your second semester. We already know that Persona 5 Royal will feature an extra semester on top of that. Having the story take place over a full school year could allow for all kinds of things. Either way, it’s an indication that you can expect a lot more things to do in this improved version.