Persona 5 Royal has lots of content but it won’t take you an age to complete the game, as stated by Atlus in the latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation (via Siliconera).
Persona 5 Royal is a revamped rendition of Persona 5, and includes a new Phantom Thief, a new Palace, new battle mechanics and Personas, additional narrative and social features, an extra semester, and compatibility with the PlayStation 4 Pro. It will even receive DLC that brings Yu and Makoto – the protagonists of Persona 3 and Persona 4 – to the Challenge Battle gauntlet.
There is an impressive quantity of content crammed into Persona 5 Royal, which could sound daunting, given that a completionist’s approach to the original would take over 170 hours of a player’s life. Time they’ll never get back, but time well spent. Speaking to Dengeki PlayStation, Atlus clarified how long it would take the average Persona player to complete the Royal version.
It said that it would likely be the same or similar number of hours as a core playthrough of Persona 5. Though there’s lots more to do and enjoy, the game has been optimised to reduce load times and the time taken to complete battles and Palaces. So, in fact, the extras have made it the most efficient version of Persona 5 possible, on the player’s behalf and through the hardware’s capabilities. Which is quite cool.
In addition, Atlus said that it had listened to the Persona community on what things could be altered or improved. One example is the Instant Kill ability which will only trigger when the player dashes towards an enemy, and experience points, money, and Personas will be rewarded from this action.
And, Goro Akechi’s new Confidant narrative will only rank up if the player returns and talks to him. This was implemented as automatic ranking up meant that players wouldn’t get to know Akechi as deeply as Atlus writers had intended. As such, the developer expects that opinions of the character will change as Persona 5 Royal players understand him to a greater degree.
Persona 5 Royal will come to the PlayStation 4 on October 31 in Japan, and the game is expected to launch in early 2020 for the US and the UK.