Atlus has posted an FAQ for the upcoming release of Persona 5 Royal, which confirms that PS4 owners of the game won’t have the option to upgrade to the PS5 version for free. Instead, players will need to purchase the PS5 version of the game separately.
For reference, you can check out the full list of questions below, courtesy of Persona Central:
Q. I have never played a “Persona” game. Can I enjoy playing Persona 5 Royal?
A. You can start with Persona 5 Royal without issue. (Of course, if you enjoy Persona 5, we would be very happy if you would play the previous titles as well.)
Q. Can I play Persona 5 Royal even if I haven’t played Persona 5?
A. Persona 5 Royal is the latest version of Persona 55, with many additional elements that were not in the original release. It is content that both those who have not player Persona 5 as well as those who have can enjoy.
Q. What is the difference between Persona 5 and Persona 5 Royal.
A. The main differences between both games are as follows:
A new story (the previously unseen “Third semester”), with new characters added (Kasumi Yoshizawa, Takuto Maruki).
The ability to watch event scenes, animations, background music, and illustrations in-game, through the cognitive world of “My Palace” where you can talk with characters you come across while playing.
Downloadable content such as costume changes and challenge battles with the Persona 3 protagonist and the Persona 4 protagonist.
Q. If I have purchased the PlayStation 4 version of Persona 5 Royal, can I upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version of the game?
A. We apologize, but there are no products for PlayStation 4 purchasers of Persona 5 Royal for this title. We would appreciate it if you could purchase Persona 5 Royal for PlayStation 5 to play the game on PS5.
Q. Which platforms will have a physical version available for it?
A. The PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch.
Q. Is there a limited edition release?
A. There will not be.
Q. Are there any special bonuses for each store?
A. They’re currently in preparation. As soon as they’re ready, we plan to publish this information for each store in the purchase guide.
Q. When will Xbox Game Pass be supported?
A. You can play it on Game Pass from the day of release on October 21, 2022.
Additionally, the FAQ published re-confirms that a physical edition will be released for the PS5 and Switch but with no limited edition release.
Persona 5 Royal will be available on October 21, 2022 for the PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Windows and Steam.