Oh boy, it's time for our first Persona 5: The Royal info blowout. With the game now fully revealed via a detailed gameplay trailer (which you can watch through here), fans have started piecing things together, and we already know quite a bit about this enhanced version of Persona 5.
Gleaning information from both the aforementioned trailer and the game's official website, here's what we know about Persona 5: The Royal so far (thanks Twitter user BlackKite for compiling this):
- The red haired girl shown in the previous teaser is named Kasumi Yoshizawa. She's an entirely new character and party member. In battle she appears to use a sword and a lever action rifle. Contrary to some speculation, she is not a female version of the main character.
- There's a new confidant called Takuto Maruki, who you can build a social link with. He's the school counsellor at Shujin Academy.
- The expanded story of Persona 5: The Royal will include a whole new third semester, which in Japan, takes place from January to March. Supposedly, this means that the story will carry on quite a bit longer after the end of the original game.
- There are a number of new locations that you can visit, both alone or as you develop social links.
- Characters will now post photos as well as text in the Phantom Thieves' mobile group chat.
- There are new social events with existing characters.
- You'll be able to find more powerful enemies wandering around palaces (the game's dungeons).
- Palaces appear to have been remixed somewhat, with new locations and new treasures to find.
- The Royal will feature some new music tracks.
- There will be quality of life changes, such as the ability to check your progress with social links, protagonist stats, and more while exploring the game's world.
- Persona 5: The Royal will boast PS4 Pro support, although at the time of writing, it's unclear what this will be. We're assuming it'll be a boost in resolution.
We're sure to learn more and more about Persona 5: The Royal over the coming months, since it's due out in Japan later this year. A Western release has also been confirmed, although we're going to have to wait until 2020 to get our hands on the game.