Persona 5 Royal New Changes Differences Everything That's New

What's new in Persona 5 Royal? What are the differences between Persona 5 Royal and Persona 5? In this guide, we're going to break down all of the additions and changes that we know of in Persona 5 Royal. From gameplay tweaks to entirely new content, there's actually a lot of stuff to look forward to even if you've already sunk hours upon hours into the original Persona 5.

We've also covered the PS5 version of Persona 5 Royal at the bottom of this guide, as that edition of the game has some differences as well.

This guide contains no story spoilers, but it does outline new content.

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What's New in Persona 5 Royal?

Below, we've categorised all of the changes in Persona 5 Royal when compared to Persona 5. There are new features, gameplay adjustments, and quality of life improvements, as well as smaller, more general alterations.

New Content in Persona 5 Royal

  • New character and party member named Kasumi
  • An entirely new school semester has been added, expanding the story alongside a new Palace
  • The new 'Thieves Den' feature lets you visit a huge room full of unlockable bonus content at any time through the pause menu. You can use in-game currency to unlock things like artwork, character models, cutscenes, and music
  • A number of brand new animated story cutscenes
  • A whole new location called Kichijoji is yours to explore, and it's bigger than any other real world location in the game
  • Kichijoji has a club that you can visit with party members, opening up new social and bonding events
  • Kichijoji's club features a darts minigame that enhances the effects of baton pass for each character
  • Kichijoji's club also has billiards. There's no actual minigame, but choosing to play billiards strengthens your relationship with every available party member by a small amount
  • Kichijoji has a jazz bar that can grant party members level ups and stat boosts
  • Kichijoji has a temple where you can permanently increase Joker's SP through meditation
  • Kichijoji has a number of shops that offer new services and items
  • Two brand new confidants with their own perks
  • Akechi's social link route has been completely overhauled, slots differently into the story
  • Some confidants (particularly party members) have additional social scenes
  • New events, such as holidays and additional character scenes, have been added to the calendar
  • New Personas
  • New third form for each party member's Persona
  • New enemies
  • New weapons
  • New armour
  • New accessories
  • New items
  • Two new story endings
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Gameplay Additions in Persona 5 Royal

  • The Phantom Thieves now have powerful 'Showtime' attacks — basically tag-team super moves. They're unlocked one by one as the story progresses
  • All Palaces have been reworked to some degree, although largely they remain the same in terms of layout
  • Some Palaces have completely new areas
  • Joker now has a grappling hook that lets you access new areas in dungeons
  • The grappling hook often leads to secret locations that house 'Will Seeds' — there are three Will Seeds to find in each Palace
  • Each time you find all three Will Seeds in a Palace, you'll be rewarded with a unique accessory
  • Will Seeds also restore a bit of the party's SP
  • All Palace bosses have been reworked in some way, either with additional mechanics or phases
  • Some Palaces now have additional boss-like enemies and encounters
  • Mementos, the randomised dungeon that you can visit when you have free time, has been expanded quite significantly — floors can be bigger and there's more room for exploration in general
  • Mementos now has a shop that sells exclusive goods in exchange for 'flowers' — collectables that you find while exploring
  • A new 'stamp' system has been added to Mementos. Stamps can be found on each floor, and you can spend them on three different bonuses: more exp, more money, and more items. Once activated, these bonuses are permanent, unless you decide to reset them
  • There are new side quests to complete in Mementos
  • Rare, unstable shadows can now appear both in Palaces and Mementos. On death, they explode, dealing big damage to all other enemies
  • The Velvet Room now offers special optional battles that you can take part in for various rewards (this is also where DLC battles take place)
  • The Velvet Room can now go into a random 'alarm' mode, which powers up persona fusion and other services, but may also result in unexpected fusion results

Gameplay Adjustments in Persona 5 Royal (Dungeons and Combat)

  • Ammo now restocks after battle, making guns way more valuable across dungeon runs
  • Some Personas have been rebalanced both in terms of stats and available skills
  • Some enemies have been rebalanced both in terms of stats and available skills
  • The baton pass mechanic has been expanded and is available to all party members from the beginning
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Gameplay Adjustments in Persona 5 Royal (Everyday Life)

  • The calendar has been reworked in places, allowing for more free time and additional opportunities to interact with your confidants
  • Morgana doesn't tell you to go to bed quite so much — you generally get a lot more free time at night, even if you can't leave Leblanc
  • 'Assist' mechanic gives you recommendations on which confidant to visit and which stat to improve
  • Confidants can now call you after you hang out with them, giving you an additional dialogue choice and therefore another opportunity to strengthen your bond with them
  • Some confidants have reworked perks

Other Additions in Persona 5 Royal

  • Graphical enhancements on PS4 Pro
  • New opening movie
  • New main menu screen
  • New dialogue text font in the localised release
  • Some dialogue windows have new visual effects
  • New and additional character portraits in conversations
  • Around 30 new music tracks
  • New weather effects have been added depending on the time of year in-game
  • New Game Plus now carries over additional bonuses, like HP and SP increases
  • A completely new Trophy list, separate from Persona 5's
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What About Persona 5 Royal on PS5?

On the 21st October 2022, Atlus re-released Persona 5 Royal on PS5. We've listed all of the changes to this version of the game below.

  • Persona 5 Royal runs at 60 frames-per-second on PS5, as opposed to 30 frames-per-second on PS4 and PS4 Pro, making for smoother gameplay
  • The game's resolution stays the same — it's native 4K on PS5, as is the case on PS4 Pro
  • Load times are slightly faster on PS5 over PS4 and PS4 Pro, although we're mostly talking milliseconds
  • The PS5 version of Persona 5 Royal comes with all of the game's previously released DLC, which includes character costumes and additional personas (many of which are very powerful, and can be fused as per usual)
  • There is no upgrade path for Persona 5 Royal on PS5, if you already own the game on PS4 — the new version must be bought standalone
  • There is no way to transfer your save data from Persona 5 Royal on PS4 to the PS5 port — you have to start from scratch
  • Persona 5 Royal on PS5 has its own Trophy list — it's the same list that the PS4 version has
  • Persona 5 Royal PS5's Trophies do not unlock automatically if you already have them on PS4, because there's no save data transfer
  • All content in Persona 5 Royal on PS5 is identical to what you'll find on PS4 — the story, gameplay, presentation, and everything else has not been changed or added to

This article is part of our Persona 5 Royal Guide, which contains All Differences Between Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal along with Crossword Answers, Exam Answers, Romance Options, How To Get The Best Ending, New Game + details for Persona 5 Royal, and How To Unlock Persona 5 Royal's New Semester Endgame.

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