Persona 5 Royal Screenshots Details Akechi’s Confidant Events, Haru’s New Persona


Atlus revealed artwork and screenshots for Persona 5 Royal. It shows Morgana, Futaba, Makoto, and Haru along with their new personas. Details on the new confidant events with Akechi and the new January to April playable part were shared as well.

We already saw the new personas for Morgana, Makoto, and Futaba in the latest trailer, but it’s the first time we get to see Haru’s new persona, Lucy. Haru’s new persona is named after Lucy Hay, the countess who inspired Alexandre Dumas for the character of Milady in his The Three Musketeers novel.

Atlus also revealed screenshots for some of Akechi’s new confidant scenes. As you already know, in the original Persona 5, Akechi confidant rank would automatically level up as you progressed through the main story. In Persona 5 Royal, Joker can now hang out together with Akechi during the main story, just like the other confidant characters. Akechi now has actual confidant events and new confidant skills. One of those is “Detective’s Eye”, which reveals an enemy’s weakness at the beginning of the battle.

New screenshots for the January to April new playable part were also revealed. As a reminder, Atlus calls this part “third semester” in Japanese. I call it “January to April” for clarity as that’s when the third semester happens in the Japanese school system. However, Atlus didn’t confirm yet how long the new playable part is. What we know though is that it’s bigger than the content added in Persona 4 Golden.

Anyway, the screenshots show Morgana in human form, with the comments mentioning how Morgana always wanted to become human. (It also officially confirms this is Morgana, in the past, he was only called “hot guy”). We also see Futaba’s mom Wakaba. Then there’s Haru helping out her dad. Lastly, Makoto is talking in a way revealing that her father is still alive. Atlus is further hinting that the new part is taking place in an alternate reality where each character got a seemingly happier life. The screenshots also show the new Palace, mentioning it becomes accessible during this new January to April part, and how it has a different atmosphere than the other Palaces.

An artwork for new character José is also included, along with an explanation of the new Mementos mechanics. It also reveals José is voiced by Yukiko Morishita. You can read more about the new Mementos stuff and a bunch of other things with our summary of the first Persona 5 Royal stream, which also included a trailer for Akechi. 

The screenshots are included below. Atlus also recently revealed that we’ll have more time for night activities in Persona 5 Royal. Morgana will be less insistent when it comes to sleeping, removing one of the biggest complaints about the original game.

PS4 exclusive Persona 5 Royal launches on October 31 in Japan and sometime in 2020 in the west.








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Wonder Festival 2019 Brings Tons of New and Updated Figurines for Persona 5, Devil May Cry 5, Fire Emblem, and More


Japan’s Wonder Festival always delivers on the figurine announcements and this year’s convention is no exception. So naturally tons of new gaming-themed figurines, as well as the prototypes for previously revealed one, made their debut during the con. And thanks to Twitter user Pixelbuster, we get to see the full lineup from companies such as Kotobukiya, Good Smile, Aquamarine, and Alter.

As you’ll see below, there’s a wide range of characters and their games represented here such as: Fate/Grand Order, Bayonetta, Shin Megami Tensei, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Okami, Persona 5, Devil May Cry 5, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Kirby, Guilty Gear Xrd, and Pokemon. Quite the extensive lineup.

Last year’s Wonderfes also featured plenty of gaming related figurines, with the not so surprising majority of content from Persona 5. Some of the characters’ past figure also debuted this year. The latest ones were from Wonder Festival Shanghai, which featured Joker and Noir.

Back in May Japan’s Mega Hobby Expo 2019 showcased some amazing beauties including from companies Good Smile, Max Factory, and Alter. In additional great news Amakuni announced that they would be crafting a figurine of the newest character from Persona 5: Royal, Kasumi Yoshizawa.

Amakuni previously showed off their figurines of Ann TakamakiFutaba Sakura, and Makoto Niijima, as well as a full-color Tae Takemi figurine. The manufacturer also debuted a prototype version of Makoto from Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight.

As a heads up, due to the nature of the event a lot of these figures showcased below are not final. Many are unpainted prototypes, and some are even just presented with artwork or acrylic cutouts:

This one is interesting to see, since Akechi had already made his debut during Anime Expo 2019. But now we get to see his finished prototype self, which looks impressive. I especially love the the bright red color of his mask.

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Persona 5 Royal and Catherine: Full Body Are Getting an Art Showcase in LA


Two of Atlus’ most anticipated upcoming titles, Catherine: Full Body and Persona 5 Royal are going to be part of an art showcase in August. Today, Atlus revealed that it has partnered with Gallery Nucleus in order to host the aptly titled Atlus Art Exhibit 2019: Persona 5 Royal & Catherine: Full Body featuring Shigenori Soejima in August.

That title pretty much tells you everything you need to know about what will be featured in the exhibit. Notable character designer Shigenori Soejima has worked with Atlus’ Art Unit and produced several pieces of art connected to Persona 5, Catherine: Full Body, and Persona 5 Royal. Considering that the last two games are not out yet in the west, this event should give some fans an early look at what to expect from the games in terms of style. The gallery will actually feature some pieces sourced from fan artists as well and will sell some exclusive Atlus merchandise.

The Gallery Nucleus is located in Los Angeles, California, and Atlus Art Exhibit 2019: Persona 5 Royal & Catherine: Full Body featuring Shigenori Soejima will be featured within the gallery from August 17 until September 1. On August 17, 2019, an Opening Day event will be held between 1pm and 7pm PDT where fans can attend a panel and an autograph session with Shigenori Soejima. While fans can not sign up for these things yet, Atlus says that they will let fans known on their social media pages when registration opens on August 2. If you are a Catherine or Persona fan in the LA area, this seems like a really cool exhibit to check out.

Catherine: Full Body will be the first of the two games to arrive on September 3 and you can pre-order it right now on Amazon. As for Persona 5 Royal, we only know that it will hit PS4 in the west sometime in 2020. You can check out the Kasumi Yoshizawa Introduction Trailer we created English subtitles for below:

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Listen to “Take Over”, One of the New Battle BGMs in Persona 5 Royal


On June 21, Atlus published on the Persona Japanese Twitter an excerpt of one of the new BGMs found in Persona 5 Royal.

This new BGM is titled “Take Over”, and will play when Joker triggers a chance/ambush encounter by taking the enemy by surprise and removing their masks, as seen in the video. The original normal battle BGM, “Last Surprise”, will play when an encounter is triggered normally.

This was revealed following a fan question sent to Morgana, which asked to hear a bit of the new BGMs.

As a side note, the gameplay video also reveals a graphical detail change in P5R. The characters now get an aura around them after a Baton Touch, with the aura changing in color and intensity the higher the Baton Touch count is.

Persona 5 Royal has around 20 new BGMs by Shoji Meguro, including new vocal songs with Lyn such as Take Over. That was officially confirmed by Persona 5 Royal‘s development team in a Famitsu interview we’ve previously covered.

The latest batch of Persona 5 Royal info was delivered through the second Morgana’s Report stream. More info will be coming on June 25 during this month’s SegaNama stream.

Persona 5 Royal is a PS4 exclusive. The game launches on October 31 in Japan and in 2020 in the west. A trailer for new party member Kasumi Yoshizawa was previously released. The English dubbed version of the first trailer was also revealed at E3 2019. The Joker DLC was also confirmed for the western version of Catherine Full Body.

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Persona 5 Royal Has New Elements Regarding a Certain Character, New Mechanics Explained with Gameplay


Atlus aired the Morgana’s Report #2 video, revealing many additional details on Persona 5 Royal.

Here’s all the new info from Morgana.

Kasumi’s confident is represented by the tarot card “La Foi”, which is “faith” in French.

Kasumi’s Persona Cendrillon uses Bless attributes skills and Physical attributes skills. Morgana also reiterates that “Kasumi could be an enemy or ally”, as there is some kind of friction between her and the phantom thieves initially, as heard in the first trailer’s dialogue.

Persona 5 Royal has a gallery like-mode that will allow us to rewatch cutscenes and such.

Persona 5 Royal will also have “new elements regarding Akechi Goro”.

New elements regarding dungeons and battles were explained. The new “Kyoma”, stronger type of enemies systematically counterattack when they’re attacked, even if they were hit by a multi-target skill. They drop very rare items if you manage to defeat them, however.

The “volition treasures” were also explained. These are special treasures separated into multiples parts in dungeons. If you manage to find all parts of a volition treasure, it fuses into an accessory. These accessories unlock powerful skills on the character who equips them. Basically, it’ll allow characters to use skills they usually don’t learn. The video shows an accessory which grants Diarama. I sure hope there’s one for Charge and one for Concentrate so I can give them to Yusuke and Haru respectively.

All party members also have new casual clothes outfits in Persona 5 Royal, A new screenshot showing one of Haru’s new outfits was shown.

The Lupin the Third-like wire actions are used to avoid traps or reach new places. The wire can also be used to ambush enemies from a distance. Using the wire on enemies to trigger encounters is the skill unlocked after reaching confidant level 4 with Kasumi.

The gun customization system has now more depth with even more customization choices. This includes making your gun shoot ammo with debuff or status effects.

Unlike the original game, In Persona 5 Royal, guns will also get their ammo back after each battle, allowing players to use them way more often.

PS4 exclusive Persona 5 Royal launches on October 31 in Japan, in 2020 in the west.

Kasumi’s intro video is also included below if you haven’t seen it yet.

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Check Out Some Awesome Persona 5 Figures from Mega Hobby Expo 2019


Japan’s Mega Hobby Expo is in full swing, and with it, we’ve got loads of new pictures showing upcoming figures from Persona 5. Some of which were previously announced, and we’re now seeing them for the first time or in full color, while others are still in the works. You can check out the full gallery of figures down below.

Perhaps the most exciting news is the fact that Amakuni will be crafting a figurine of the newest character from Persona 5 Royale, Kasumi Yoshizawa. If you’re unfamiliar with the manufacturer’s work they’ve crafted some lovely figurines of Ann Takamaki, Futaba Sakura, and Makoto Niijima. Amakuni also revealed their full-color Tae Takemi figurine for the first time and it looks absolutely awesome. While all of the previously mentioned figures are based on the mainline Persona title, the manufacturer also showed off a prototype version of Makoto from Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight.

Max Factory showed off their own version of Futaba Sakura that’ll launch later this year in November. Additionally, they teased a Figma that’ll be based on Futaba’s Phantom Thief Oracle costume. No images of that are available at this time.

Good Smile also threw their hat in the ring, showing off a colored version of a Nendoroid Ann Takamaki. Of course, it’s freaking adorable. We also got our first look at a prototype version of a Nendoroid Ryuji in his Phantom Thief attire. On top of that, Good Smile had prototypes of both Joker and Goro Akechi based on Persona 5: The Animation.

Last but not least, Alter gave fans their first look at a prototype of Joker and Morgana, two figures that were announced at last year’s Mega Hobby Expo. And as a little extra for you Persona 3 fans, MegaHouse showed off a prototype of Thanatos.

















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This Gorgeous Persona 5 Official Airsoft Gun Will Blow You Away


Last month KSC Corporation revealed on their official blog that they would be doing an interesting collaboration with Sega and Atlus’s Persona 5 — an airsoft gun modeled after the one protagonist Joker uses in the game. The company finally released the special edition gun model for preorder and it’s even more lovely than I could possibly have imagined:

Atlus, Persona 5, Persona 5 R, Persona 5 the Animation Stars and Ours, PS4, Sega, Studio Zero
Atlus, Persona 5, Persona 5 R, Persona 5 the Animation Stars and Ours, PS4, Sega, Studio Zero
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Atlus, Persona 5, Persona 5 R, Persona 5 the Animation Stars and Ours, PS4, Sega, Studio Zero
Atlus, Persona 5, Persona 5 R, Persona 5 the Animation Stars and Ours, PS4, Sega, Studio Zero

The left side of the gun has “The Phantom,” “Trickster,” and the Phantom Thief logo engraved on it. The right side features the motto “Take Your Heart” engraved in a stunning red font design. This is all topped off with the beautiful silver color and metallic finish of the gun itself, making it look even classier. It costs 24,000 yen (about $240).

The pistol is a TT33 model gas-type blowback, which is said to be the favorite pistol model of the protagonist. Joker certainly has good taste, as many pistol collectors in the West favor it as well due to its rugged looks and reliability.

You can check out the preorder page here to get a better look at the gun but beware that this particular product has already sold out. I guess Japanese fans are just passionate about Persona 5 as we are, including its merchandise.

This is hardly the first time fans came together for some very creative endeavors, including beautiful Phantom Thief-themed poker chips, lovely fanart depicting a crossover of sorts between the Persona 5 ladies and Catherine, and some wonderful cosplay of both Futaba and Makoto. We also have some excellent Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse x Persona 5 crossover fanart, an amazing take on a GBA-styled version of the JRPG, and even an elaborate board game that fans can print out and play themselves.

Those at DualShockers love Persona 5 as much as its very talented and devoted fanbase, judging by our glowing review of the title back in 2017. If you haven’t gotten around to playing yet, you can purchase Persona 5 here.

Recently new information has been revealed concerning a possible new version of the title called Persona 5 The Royal on March 23rd in a teaser trailer. The trailer debuted at the end of the anime’s final episode “Stars and Ours,” which was livestreamed on Japanese television, and featured a mysterious young woman who was critical of the Phantom Thieves and their methods.

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Persona 5 Joker “Coming Soon” to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Says Sakurai


At the recent Famitsu Awards ceremony, Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai stated that the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC fight character Joker — from Atlus’s Persona 5 — will be “coming soon.” The phrase, caught by Twitter user PushDustin, was also used when he spoke about Mewtwo during a NicoNico interview back in 2015:

Interesting to note that the interview was conducted on March 22nd of that year and the fighter was first released on April 15th. Whether that’s indicative of how long it will take for Joker to launch remains to be seen.

When Sakurai accepted the well-deserved MVP award, he discussed at length how difficult developing Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has been on him and his staff. He also remarked that he’s impressed with the work other studios are doing. He ended his speech with the phrase, “I will forget the troubles I had, but the game remains.” A more fitting, if not completely literal, translation of that mantra would be “The problems are temporary, but the game is forever.”

While those are certainly wise words, they do carry more weight than normal as Sakurai is rather infamous for overworking himself while developing for the franchise. Hopefully, after the DLC fighters have been released, he and his staff can finally take their well-deserved break.

Lately, there has been a deluge of leaks and hints regarding the release of Joker for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, such as his fighter render revealed in a Best Buy ad and his release window no longer stating “coming in April.” Persona 5 has gotten its own share of news, as Atlus opened a Persona 5 S teaser site with a hidden message in its source code.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available exclusively for Nintendo Switch, and can be purchased through Amazon. Meanwhile, if you haven’t picked up your copy of Persona 5 yet you can get the physical game on Amazon or by purchasing it on discount digitally through the PSN store. The game is available exclusively on PS4 and PS3, with more information on Persona 5: The Royal coming later this month.

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Persona 5 Sneaks its Way Onto the PlayStation Hits Lineup


Atlus USA announced today that Persona 5 will be joining the list of Playstation Hits on PS4. These red labeled games are available for $19.99. So now, your excuses to not play P5 are nearing zero.

Persona 5 has been in the news quite a bit lately. Earlier this week,  it was announced that the game had sold 2.4 million units worldwide. An impressive number, given that Persona 4 sold about 2 million on PS2 and PS Vita combined. And, if rumors are to be believed, P5 might be coming to another console, boosting its sales in the process.

The current scuttlebutt is that Persona 5 is coming to Nintendo Switch after a Best Buy screenshot was posted to Twitter. This makes sense with Persona 5‘s Joker joining the Super Smash Brothers Ulitmate roster sometime this month.

It’s been a busy week or so for Atlus and we haven’t even made it to their April 25th stream about Persona 5 S. Will that be where they announce the Switch release or do they have something else up their sleeves? Time will tell.

What we do know for sure is that Persona 5 has been incredibly successful for the PS4. The PlayStation Hits label includes bangers like Bloodborne, DOOM, Metal Gear Solid V, and Uncharted 4: A Thieves End. By making it the newest member of the PlayStation Hits brand, Sony is acknowledging Persona 5’s success and telling their fans that this is a game worth playing.

Persona 5 is available on PS4 now and for only $19.99. For a full list of PlayStation Hits games, click here.

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Persona 5’s Joker Release Window for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate No Longer Says “April”


According to eagle-eyed Twitter user SomeKidNick, the release window for Persona 5 hero Joker as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate no longer states the words “Approaching April.” Instead the frame in the DLC reveal trailer merely says “Approaching…” This is an interesting development considering that we are now a mere day away from April. The first screenshot below shows what the trailer looks like now:

And the second screenshot below is what the trailer looked like before:

There are several possible explanations for why Nintendo would go through the trouble of editing the text. The first reason, and one that would occur to many fans, is that Joker’s release is getting pushed back to a later date. I certainly hope this isn’t the case but if the development team does need more time to work on Joker and the other DLC fighters then it’s better to give them that rather then have them push out an inferior product.

The second reason, and the one I personally feel is most likely, is that since its pretty much April already it was changed to avoid sounding redundant. If one were to visit the site during April and see the words “Approaching April” it could look as though Nintendo didn’t even update their own promotional site with pertinent information.

Some theories are even circulating that it could happen on a date significant to the character. Excluding April 1, here are some other April dates with significance in regards to Persona 5:

  • April 9: The day Joker moves into Cafe Leblanc
  • April 11: Joker awakens to his Persona in the first Castle
  • April 18: The tutorial ends and the game starts to open up
  • April 24: The reveal date for more information on Persona 5: The Royal

Unfortunately nothing is set in stone so we’ll just have to wait until Nintendo updates us with more news. Regardless, it seems that we’ve been recently getting plenty of interesting news surrounding the release of Joker for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Earlier today a Best Buy ad revealed his render for the fighting game.

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