The Japanese publication Famitsu has released new screenshots and shared some unique gameplay details about Atlus’ Persona 5 Royal.

Although we have Cyberpunk 2077, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and The Last Of Us Part 2 (potentially) all arriving early next year, Atlus’ Persona 5 The Royal remains my most anticipated game for 2020. This might sound crazy to some, but the new screenshots and gameplay details provided by Famitsu are further proof that the Japanese developer is releasing more than just a director’s cut.

While it can be compared to Persona 4 Golden seeing as it has the same director, Persona 5 Royal will include more than just a third semester and a human form for the series’ freshest mascot.

Atlus has already spoken about some of the unique features that will significantly improve the experience of being a Phantom Thief, but Famitsu has shared some new and exciting gameplay details and screenshots.

New Persona 5 Royal screenshots and gameplay details

The Famitsu magazine is a weekly publication and it’s issue #1594 that boasts a ton of information about Persona 5 Royal.

You can check out the scans that contain the new screenshots below:

In addition to providing new screenshots, the weekly Famitsu issue also reveals information about Kasumi Yoshizawa and gameplay improvements and changes.

The magazine interestingly notes that Kasumi is a stoic individual who is in a constant battle with her temptation to eat, and one of the abilities players will unlock by levelling up her Confidant is initiating a pre-emptive attack from afar with the new wire/grappling hook.

Famitsu also states that the grappling hook will allow players to travel to far off and unique Palace locations.

As for combat, players will recover bullets at the end of every battle if they decide to use the Phantom Thieves’ arsenal of guns.

There will also be new gun customisation options at the Airsoft shop to increase accuracy and firing power, in addition to adding elements such as fire and ice.

Palaces will include new areas to roam about and explore, and they will additionally boast new collectibles called Ishi. Collecting all of the Ishi will transform them into valuable accessories and skills that players will not be able to acquire through any other means.

Atlus’ Persona 5 Royal launches October 31 for PlayStation 4 only in Japan, and it will eventually arrive in the west and Asia sometime in 2020.