For the Persona 25th Anniversary, it was announced in June 2022 that Persona 5 Royal will be remastered for new platforms around the world on October 21 of that year. Let’s dig deep into Persona 5 Royal.
The PlayStation 5 version is native, and it also has ports on the Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows PC (Steam and the Microsoft Store). Microsoft’s membership service Xbox Game Pass currently includes both console and Windows Store releases.
Let’s dig deep into Persona 5 Royal.
What Is Persona 5 Royal?
Atlus released the role-playing video game Persona 5[a] in 2016. The story follows a high school student going by the alias Joker as he transfers to a new school after being wrongfully convicted of violence and placed on probation in present-day Tokyo.
If you’ve never played Persona 5 before, here’s a brief rundown: You take on the role of a Japanese adolescent male who, after being wrongly accused of a crime, is forced to deal with the consequences. You find other youngsters who have been wronged by bad adults, learn how to make them feel guilty and confess their misdeeds (by fighting monsters in their heads), and then go out to save the world.
In the actual world, you split your time between part-time jobs, schoolwork, and socializing, while in your fantasy world, you spend half your time killing monsters, stealing riches, and recruiting other teenagers and weird creatures to fight by your side.
If you’ve already played through the first Persona 5, I’ll warn you now that the first hundred hours or so of Persona 5 Royal will seem quite familiar. While there is some new content peppered throughout the first few months of the story and numerous quality-of-life enhancements present, you could honestly repeat the same acts on the same days in Royal and have virtually the same results.
There will be some minor plot shifts before the game’s new third semester begins, but nothing major. Most of your time in this made-up Japan will be spent seeing intriguing minor adjustments rather than massive structural overhauls.
Persona 5 Royal Gameplay Changes
Below Are Some Of The Persona 5 Royal Changes:
- New party member Kasumi
- The narrative has expanded with a new Palace and school semester.
- The new “Thieves Den” feature lets you visit a big chamber full of unlockable additional content at any moment from the pause menu. Artwork, character models, sequences, and music can be unlocked with in-game currency.
- Several new animation story cutscenes
- You can attend a club in Kichijoji with party members, opening up new social and bonding events. It’s bigger than any other real-world place in the game.
- Kichijoji’s club offers billiards and a darts minigame that boosts each character’s baton pass. Billiards doesn’t include a minigame, but it improves your friendship with all party members.
- A jazz bar in Kichijoji can level up and boost party members.
- Joker’s SP can be permanently increased through meditation in Kichijoji’s temple.
- Kichijoji features several shops with innovative products and services.
- New confidants with benefits
- Akechi’s social link route has been totally revamped and fits differently within the tale. Some confidants, notably party members, have additional social scenes.
- Holidays and character scenes have been added to the calendar.
- New People
- Each party member’s Persona gets the third form.
- New foe
- Latest weapons
- New gear
- New products
- New endings
- All Changes in Persona 5 Royal
- Gameplay additions in Persona 5 Royal
- Phantom Thieves’ “Showtime” assaults are tag-team super moves. As the story continues, they’re unlocked.
Although their layouts haven’t changed much, all Palaces have been reworked.
- New areas are in some palaces.
- Joker’s grappling hook opens additional dungeon regions.
- The grappling hook typically leads to secret areas with “Will Seeds”—each Palace has three.
- You’ll get a special adornment when you find all three Will Seeds in a Palace.
- Seeds may also boost the party’s SP.
- All Palace bosses have new mechanics or phases.
- Boss-like enemies and confrontations are now in some Palaces.
- The random dungeon Mementos, which you can visit in your free time, has been extended, allowing larger floors and greater exploration.
- Mementos now sell exclusive items in return for “flowers”—collectibles found while exploring.
- Mementos now have stamps. Each floor has stamps that can be exchanged for exp, money, or things. Unless reset, these bonuses remain active.
- Mementos have new sidequests.
- Mementos and Palaces now have rare, unstable shadows. They explode when they die, damaging all foes.
The Velvet Room now has optional battles for rewards (here is also where DLC battles take place) and a random “alert” mode that powers up persona fusion and other services, but may also produce unexpected fusion results.
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