Today was Day 1 of the Persona Super Live 2019 concert, which was chock-full of artists performing songs from Persona 5's soundtrack. Near the end of the concert, Atlus's upcoming new, expanded version of the original, Persona 5: The Royal, was given a packed trailer, showing off new gameplay, characters, settings, and more, as well as a release date for the title, setting it for an October 31, 2019 Japanese release and a 2020 release worldwide.
Building upon the Persona 5: The Royal reveal trailer that was released about a month ago, the video shown at the concert had a bit more to show viewers in terms of new features and additions. First, the trailer shows what has been added onto the story of the original Persona 5, including the introduction of two new characters in Yoshizawa Kasumi, Joker's fellow student and a Phantom Thief, along with school counselor Takuto Maruki. As the trailer depicts, Persona 5: The Royal seeks to provide a more rounded and involved tale compared to its 2017 counterpart, which many contend had a great story to begin with.
The latest trailer for Persona 5: The Royal shows off new settings, including an aquarium, considered a dating spot, as well as the Tokyo-like location of Kichijoji, which can be thoroughly explored. New RPG combat gameplay is demonstrated for various added party members, including ranged and melee attacks. Furthermore, additional upcoming social activities are brought into the fold, including billiards and darts.
The majority of the trailer involves mostly new content, so there will be a lot to take in here. Given all the new content, story and otherwise, the game will obviously be longer and should generally provide a more in-depth experience. Persona 5: The Royal will be exclusive to PlayStation 4 with advanced PS4 Pro optimization capabilities.
While still a relatively long way off, Persona 5: The Royal looks to be everything one would want in an expansion. It includes the content from Persona 5, voted the best RPG of all-time by Famitsu and considered a modern classic, as well as a bevy of new elements. As we get inch closer to 2020, this will surely be one of the more closely-watched titles to come out that year. Plus, there may be more previews yet to come at the Persona Super Live 2019 concert.
In the meantime, while Persona 5: The Royal might be a PS4 exclusive, there has been a leaked Switch version of Persona 5, which isn't totally surprising given Joker's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Thus, for Nintendo fans curious about Atlus' latest effort, it might be worth keeping an eye out for any new information regarding the potential port.
Persona 5: The Royal is scheduled to release on October 31, 2019 in Japan and is set to have a 2020 release worldwide for PS4.