Persona Super Live: What we learned about Persona 5 Royal and Persona 5 Scramble
Atlus’s Persona Super Live concert just wrapped up, and with it we got quite a few announcements about upcoming Persona games. What is Persona 5R all about? Is Persona 5S a Switch version? Let’s take a look at everything that was revealed at the recent concert and in a follow up piece by Famitsu.
Persona 5 Royal
Persona 5R, otherwise known as Persona 5 The Royal in Japan and Persona 5 Royal in the United States, will be the expanded version of P5, similar to Persona 4 Golden or Persona 3 FES/Portable. What does this mean? It means it’s going to be a re-release with a TON of extra content, enough to make it feel almost like a new game!
So what’s all new about The Royal? Buckle up, because we have a lot to go over.
A longer game
Persona 5 Royal will be extended to a whole new third semester toward the end of the game. Not only will this flesh out the final events of the game, it will give you more people to speak to and more dungeons to roam. Keep in mind, Persona 5 is already quite long, so this means even more to get through before the story of the Phantom Thieves is resolved.
A revised story
New story content will be added to the game, which will apparently delve deeper into the complicated relationship of Goro Akechi to the party.
The character from the original teaser trailer has been revealed to be Kasumi Yoshizawa, a brand new phantom thief and party member. She transfers to Shujin Academy at the same time at the protagonist, and is an award-winning rhythmic gymnast. She seems to be tied into Akechi’s plotline in some way, judging by screenshots. In battle she wields swords and a pump action shotgun. Her persona has not yet been revealed.
A brand new confidant has been revealed in Takuto Maruki, a guidance counselor who joins Shujin Academy after the Kamoshida incident. He represents the new “consult” arcana… seems a little on the nose. With this arcana, however, comes a whole host of new Persona to fuse and use in battle.
It’s unclear whether Kasumi will also have a new arcana associated with her as well. Finally, the Strength confidant, the two wardens of the Velvet Room, will now be able to leave the room and be interacted with in the real world. It’s unclear how this will change their confidant interactions.
New areas to explore
A new area of Tokyo, Kichijoji, will be able to be explored, along with all of its shops, attractions, and date spots. In addition, the new version will feature new palaces, new areas in existing palaces, new areas of mementos, and much more.
Expanded battle system
Along with new personas, new skills and abilities will become available as well. In fact, it appears as if party members can now do combination attacks, as we saw Morgana and Haru, and Ryuji and Makoto do such attacks in the trailer. Players will now be able to encounter ultra-hard versions of normal enemies in dungeons, which give them rare rewards.
Quality of life improvements
The new “Daily Assist Command” will allow you to more easily schedule events and fast travel during your daily life. In addition, it appears that new network features have been added to the game, though we don’t have many details about them yet.
New sound and graphics
Composer Shoji Meguro has created all new songs for this new take on Persona 5. In addition, the game will have a “high definition high fidelity” mode for the PS4 Pro.
There’s a lot of other stuff that we got tidbits of info about. Apparently events can happen in the velvet room, affecting your fusion. Morgana maaaaay be able to assume a human form, which would be quite a development.
Morgana maaaaay be able to assume a human form, which would be quite a development.
We also know that the game will release on October 31st, 2019 in Japan, at 8,800 yen for the regular edition (excluding tax), and 13,800 yen for the limited edition (excluding tax). We don’t have a price or an official release date for the international version, though Atlus has it pegged it for a 2020 release.
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers
When P5S was originally teased as a new project, everyone thought it was going to be a version of Persona 5 for the Switch. Well, they were partially right. P5S will be coming to the Switch, but it will also be coming to the PS4 as well. Also it’s not a direct port of Persona 5, rather, it’s a new musou-styled Dynasty Warriors-esque game coming out of a partnership with Atlus and Tecmo Koei.
Titled Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Striker,s we don’t know much about the game aside from its teaser trailer. We do know you will be able to control your favorite Phantom Thieves and beat up more shadows than you can shake a stick at. Exact details about Persona 5 Scramble are still being kept under wraps, and we don’t have any word on a release date, nor do we have confirmation of a stateside release.
Unfortunately there is no word of the rumored Persona 5 Arena, Persona 5 content in BBTAG, a female joker, or anything else corresponding to supposed rumors and leaks we have heard in the weeks running up to the Super Live concert.
We’ll just have to wait and see if there were any merit to these claims, or if it’s all just been wishful thinking.