Atlus officially teased Persona 5 R, which in the opinion of many is an improved version of Persona 5.
The title was revealed in a short film after the transmission of the Persona animation of a special Dark Sun … in Japan. The words "Persona 5 R" are never shown, although the official site with the name P5R.jp is added to the video, which suggests that the upcoming title will contain this new letter.
Teaser shows Tokyo Shibuya district, the main location in P5, with screens displaying the P5 icon, followed by the message "New projects" and "2019.3." The description of the movie explains that new information about this title will be in March 2019. It is not clear if the "new projects" listed in the trailer include only P5R, or include unannounced spinoff games, such as possible Persona 5 combat game, similar to Persona 4 Arena.
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Previous Persona games had improved releases that introduced new content, including Persona 3 FES and Persona 4 Golden. P3FES included a playable epilogue for the original game along with various other updates, and P4G introduced PlayStation 2 to PlayStation Vita along with new social links and various additions to history.
The movie starts with an intro on PlayStation, suggesting that the game will be released on PlayStation 4 at least. Many fans suspect that P5R will also appear on the Nintendo Switch, considering that the main character P5, Joker, was announced the first paid DLC fighter that went to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate during The Game Awards 2018. However, this inclusion does not guarantee P5R Switch is coming, because Joker also appears in Persona Q2, which was released on 3DS in Japan.
Some of the Smash Bros fighters, just like the previous DLC only Cloud Strife, appeared in Smash games without the main titles appearing on the Nintendo platform – but Final Fantasy VII will come to Switch next year. Although there were Persona spinanas on the Nintendo and Xbox consoles, each main persona was released for PlayStation, and P5 was released on PS3 and PS4.
At the beginning of last year, various Persona 5 spinoffs were suggested by the new Atlus website registrations, with P5R among them. Another domain registered at that time is PQ2.jp, which became the official site of Persona Q2.
To learn more about Persona 5, read our review of the game, which we called "Amazing", saying: "A wonderful, vibrant world and immersive story make Persona 5 a new gold standard for Japanese RPGs."
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