Persona 5R – a Royal return?

ATLUS and SEGA have just released the first glimpse of Persona 5 R, also known as Persona 5 The Royal in Japan.

From the small teaser clip we see a new female character who doesn’t seem to be a big fan of the Phantom Thieves. P5R seems to be taking the same approach as Persona 3 Portable, which introduced a playable female protagonist with a semi-unique storyline. The player was able to form deeper relationships with different characters and some narrative elements received alternate pathways for progression.

Due to hardware limitations, P3P was not the definitive version of the game per se, as Persona 3 also received another release in the form of Persona 3 FES, which introduced a new storyline. Now that Persona 5 utilises the PlayStation 4 we should be able to see something along the lines of Persona 4 Golden, another re-release of Persona 4 with additional content. P5R will probably take elements from both of its predecessors to ultimately create the definitive version of Persona 5.

Persona 5 is a critically acclaimed JRPG that was released in 2017. It was a highly anticipated title that had a long road of development. It’ll be interesting to see more information that has been confirmed for during the Persona Super Live 2019 concert on April 24th 2019. There is no news about a western localisation but it will be inevitably announced following the Japanese release window. P5R is likely following a similar route to its respective franchises past, but who knows? It could be something entirely different.

Jaimie Ditchfield

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