Atlus announced today that Persona 5 Royal, the "enhanced" version of Persona 5, would launch early next year, on March 31st, 2020. This follows months of leaks and expectations that Persona 5 Royal would come in early 2020. The Western release comes six months day and date after its Japanese release. Much like Persona 4 Golden, Persona 5 Royal won't come with a discount, despite getting a release near the end of the PS4's life cycle. The standard edition of Persona 5 Royal will run $59.99, and is available now for preorder through major retailers.
Persona 5 Royal is also launching with the Phantom Thieves Edition collector's edition which comes with the following:
- Replica Joker mask, with stand
- Persona 5 Royal art book
- Copy of the game's soundtrack
- Dynamic PS4 theme
- Steelbook case
The Phantom Thieves Edition will launch at $89.99, which similar pricing in European territories.
Much like the aforementioned Persona 4 Golden, Persona 5 Royal is effectively a re-release of Persona 5, with some new characters, story content, and quality-of-life changes. Most notably, there's a new party member, the red-haired Kasumi Yoshizawa, who was seen in early teasers. She also heralds the arrival of a new social link in the form of the school's counselor. There are new side activities, locations to visit, music, dungeon changes, monsters, and more. Also, all of the previously released DLC for Persona 5 will be included, as well as dual-audio options. Finally, Persona 5 Royal comes with PS4 Pro enhancements, though it's unclear at this time what those enhancements are.
If Atlus's re-releases are anything to go by, then Persona 5 Royal is looking to improve on the already stellar Persona 5. Bursting with style, strong characters and a more mature-yet-approachable story, Persona 5's original launch was the biggest in the series' history, and it's easy to see why. Garnering rave reviews, it made its way onto best-of lists across the industry in 2017. With the three-year anniversary of the original launch approaching, Persona 5 Royal hopes to continue an already strong success story when it launches on March 31st, 2020.
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