Atlus has sent a press release for Persona 5 Royal with details for the game’s new Mementos dungeon elements, as well as the new character Jose.
Descriptions for the Phantom Thieves Morgana, Makoto Niijima, Futaba Sakura, and Haru Okumura are included, along with their new personas.
The previous overview for the protagonist, Ryuji Sakamoto, Ann Takamaki, and Yusuke Kitagawa can be read here.
Morgana (Voiced by Ikue Ōtani)
A mysterious being that looks like a black cat who the hero and Ryuji meet in another world’s Palace. After that, he acts alongside the protagonist.
Much of its existence is shrouded in mystery, such as how it can talk or transform into various forms.
He has a haughty tone, but is devoted to supporting the members of the Phantom Thieves. His favorite phrase is, “I’m not a cat!”
New Persona: Diego
“Persona” is the power of one’s spirit. In “Persona 5,” each unique persona evolves as a friend’s resolve grows. In this game, the personas of your companions will evolve even further. Morgana’s new persona is “Diego.” It is said that this was the real name of the masked swordsman who appears in the Mexican bandit story set in the era of Spanish California. He fought as a true gentleman who fights against the powerful and helps the weak.
Makoto Niijima (Voiced by Rina Sato)
A third year high school student who attends Shujin Academy. She is keen with high morals, and is also the student council president. She is calm, with a strong sense of responsibility and the will to take action. She will not comprimise when she is serious about something.
After a certain incident, she awakens to her persona ability and becomes a member of the Phantom Thieves who plays an active role as the group’s tactician.
New Persona: Agnes
Makoto’s new persona is “Agnes.” In Medival Europe, this is believed to be the real name of the legendary pope “Johanna,” who ascended to the throne under the fabrication that she was a man. At that time, disguising oneself as a man was a wrongdoing, but none could surpass her in wisdom.
Futaba Sakura (Voiced by Aoi Yuuki)
A girl who is one year younger than the main character. She has prodiguous computing ability and genius programming skills, but she is extremely poor at communication. She was involved in an incident, and now does not leave her home.
At one point, she meets the protagonist by chance and awakens to her persona ability.
New Persona: Al Azif
Futaba’s new persona is “Al Azif.” The original Necronomicon, which is a magic book regarded as the most important in the Cthulhu mythos.
Haru Okumura (Voiced by Haruka Tomatsu)
A third year student at Shujin Academy, and the daughter of a major restaurant chain’s president. With her calm and elegant personality, her gentle otward appearance would suggest that she has excellent communicaiton skills. However, she does not find much value in human relations and she avoids close relationships due to the environment she was brought up in.
What triggers her to awaken to her persona ability…?
New Persona: Lucy
Haru’s new persona is “Lucy.” A woman considered to be the inspiration for “Milady,” a woman who lives for revenge in “The Three Musketeers.” Although she was married, she was also considered to be a mistress to a powerful aristocrat due to her beauty.
Goro Akechi (Voiced by Soichiro Hoshi)
A third year high school student who is also a detective. He has helped resolve a variety of cases, and has gained the attention of investigative officers as a result.
He attracts attention because of his intellect, charming personality, and good looks. He appears commonly in media, and is sometimes called “The return of the Detective Prince.”
Although his position is to pursue the Phantom Thieves, after a certain opportunity, he decides to act alongside the main characters.
Goro Akechi’s new Confidant
The main character establishes deals with various people who he meets in the city, forming confidant relationships. For Goro Akechi, representing “Justice,” his Confidant has been reworked in this game. In Persona 5, his rank went up according to the progress of the main story, but in Persona 5 Royal, it can be manually advanced like the other Confidants. Additionally, various new events take place, and there’s a new city where you can go visit with Akechi.
There are abilities known as “Confidant Abilities” that the hero can now also obtain by co-operating with Akechi. By deepending your relationship with Akechi, you can obtain abilities such as “Detective Eyes,” which allows you to detect enemy resistances at the start of battles.
Strange Third Semester
In this game, there is a third semester to live in which did not take place in Persona 5. You can enjoy various new elements, like events unique to this season or friends’ mid-winter clothes. However, there are some strange parts during life in the third semester. How will the main character (you) navigate this unnatural life?
There will be a new Palace which the Phantom Thieves will visit in the third semester. It will feature stronge enemies and various tricks/traps blocking your way. What kind of story will take place here?
New Character: Jose (Voiced by Yukiko Morishita)
A mysterious boy who the Phantom Thieves meet in Mementos. He seems to be studying humans in Mementos. He needs “flowers” for his study of human beings, and he asks the group to bring him any they find in Mementos.
His purpose and identity are unknown. He does not appear to be an enemy, but what is he…?
Explore the Palace of the Masses: Mementos
As the Phantom Thieves become more active and make their existence known to the world, the main characters will hear about rumors in the city. They will then explore the public’s Palace, “Mementos,” and change the hears of targets to solve people’s problems.
In this game, various new elements are also added to Mementos. In addition to solving requests, there are various ways to enjoy the dungeon such as making money, earning experience points, and collecting personas.
In this game, there are new requests that were not in Persona 5. Receive various requests and change the hearts of your targets in Mementos.
In this game, Mementos sometimes shifts to a different area. There are various areas such as one which is covered in darkness, or an area where there are only powerful enemies.
There are stamp pedestals in Mementos. Collect stamps and take them to Jose.
By collecting stamps and taking them to Jose, you can customize Mementos by changing cognition. There are various effects which can be used, such as adding bonuses to earned experience points and money, or increasing the amount of items that can be earned.
The “Flowers” that Jose is looking for are spread throughout Momentos. If you collect flowers, take them to Jose, where you can exchange them for various useful items.
Collecting three “Ishi” found throughout palaces will result in a unique accessory, and if that accessory is brought to Jose, it will be strengthened. That accessory will be able to use an even more powerful skill.
If you finish a palace without gathering all of the Ishi, you can obtain one in Mementos.
Persona 5 Royal will be released on The PS4 in Japan on October 31, 2019. It will be released in the West and Asia in 2020.