Atlus has been rolling out teasers in the lead-up to Persona 5 Royal, the definitive version of the original RPG. It’s going to include a ton of content and significant overhauls to the story, much of which has been shown off in trailers and the “Morgana Report.” The latest teaser to drop is a video revealing new events around the character Ann Takamaki, and further showcases how this new version is putting more emphasis on its cast.
The first thing you’ll see is one of the all-new partner attacks; this time it’s between Ann and Morgana. They find themselves in a flower field as Ann is flattered by Morgana’s offering of roses. By the end of the trailer you see how it all brutally ends–Ann rains down on enemies with her submachine guns while Morgana tosses a bomb to finish them off. It seems that P5R is leaning into its wacky side, especially considering the partner attack with Ryuji and Yusuke (think the silliest heat moves from Yakuza with a hint of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure).
As for social events, you get a glimpse of how Ann’s best friend Shiho Suzui gets brought back into the mix. In the original game, she didn’t really get any screen time following the tragic events at Shujin Academy. However, you get to see her, Ann, and Joker hanging out in the underground mall in fresh new outfits on January 4, which would be fairly late in the game. According to fan translation (via Harry Type-C), Ann is talking up how Shiho was a star on the school’s volleyball team.
Ann has other new scenes as well; she leads a school clean-up project at Inokashira Park and shows students how to properly recycle trashed umbrellas. There’s also a scenario in which Ann and Joker have a talk in what appears to be her room (she’s got a lot of shoes). She seems to be wearing a letterman jacket over a proper Shujin uniform, which she’s never worn before.
Persona 5 Royal launches exclusively for PlayStation 4 in Japan on October 31, 2019 and sometime in 2020 in the West. For all things P5R, be sure to read (or watch) our analysis of the first full reveal trailer, breakdown of all the new information that followed, or details on the new playable character Kasumi Yoshizawa.