Persona 5 vs Persona 5 Royal – Differences, explained

Should you play Persona 5 or Persona 5 Royal?

Persona 5 is one of the most acclaimed JRPGS and, with the addition of Persona 5 Royal, is now available on almost everyone platform. Those able to play the game for the first time or those who played Persona 5 may wonder if the two are the same or if there are any differences between Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal.

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Are Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal the same?

While Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal are the same game, there are some enhanced features in Persona 5 Royal. The story remains largely the same, but new time-saving and quality improvements make Persona 5 Royal the superior version. Here are all the new features in Persona 5 Royal compared to Persona 5.

Related: When does Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4 Golden, and Persona 5 Royal come to Game Pass?

New Features in Persona 5 Royal

Persona 5 Royal is an enhanced version of Persona 5. There have been numerous quality-of-life upgrades for exploring, combat, graphics, settings, and more. If you have to choose between Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal as a first-time player, we recommend going with Persona 5 Royal for the best experience. Additionally, those who have already played Persona 5 can enjoy a second playthrough, as the numerous changes and additions easily warrant a second playthrough.

  • Dash into weak enemies to auto-defeat them.
  • New character Kasumi Yoshizawa (Violet)
  • A new epilogue chapter.
  • Overhaul of Akechi's social feature.
  • New location Kichijoji.
  • New school semester.
  • New Thieves Den.
  • New confidants.
  • Additional confidant social scenes.
  • New palace game.
  • New "True" ending.
  • New story events.
  • New cutscenes.
  • New mini-games.
  • New Personas and third forms.
  • New events (holiday and character scenes).
  • New enemies.
  • New weapons.
  • New armor.
  • New accessories.
  • New items.

Related: Read about the Best Persona 5 Royal PC Mods on our sister site, The Escapist.

For more information on Persona, check out Is Persona 4 Arena Ultimax a sequel? and All Test Answers in Persona 5 Royal on Pro Game Guides.

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