Persona 5 Royal will come bundled will all 45 DLC packs when it arrives on PC Game Pass. The PC port of Persona 5 was revealed at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase 2022. Alongside a Steam release, it will also make its way onto PC Game Pass.
In what form it would come to game pass was unclear though. After all, Persona 5 Royal has a lot of DLC, and buying it all separately is expensive. Thankfully, Persona fans won’t have to worry about that. All of the popular JRPG’s DLC is included as part of its integration into PC Game Pass. That’s over $70 worth of DLC for just $10 a month.
Currently, publisher Atlus has only confirmed this deal for Windows. It is still unclear if the Steam version of Persona 5 Royal will come with all of the DLC like its PC Game Pass counterpart. Windows may be being used as an umbrella term to cover all PC versions or this deal is exclusive to PC Game Pass.
But what do you even get with the DLC? For the most part, Royal’s DLC consists of various cosmetics. These cosmetics include costume packs, soundtracks, and customizable BGM. However, PC Game Pass subscribers will also gain access to the challenge battle mode which is the most impactful piece of DLC for Persona 5 Royal. In challenge battle mode you go head-to-head with the protagonists from past Persona games.
Persona on PC
Persona 5 Royal is making its way to PC on October 21. It was launched as a PlayStation exclusive in 2019 but Atlus has now opted to port it across. Following Persona 5 Royal’s port is Persona 3 Portable which will also make its way to PC. However, a specific release date for Persona 3 has not yet been given.
Following Microsoft’s incredible $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, some Sony fans have been concerned about the fate of Activision’s biggest titles. Amongst these arguably none are as big as Call of Duty. Thankfully, head of Xbox Phil Spencer has confirmed on Twitter that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation consoles.
Spencer posted: “Had good calls this week with leaders at Sony. I confirmed our intent to honor all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation.”
This is huge news for Sony fans who were concerned over the future of Activision’s hit first-person shooter. Microsoft previously claimed that Bethesda titles would launch first on Xbox but an equivalent doesn’t seem to be planned this time around. It’s early days but PlayStation owners can probably relax knowing that Call of Duty isn’t going anywhere.
In saying that Call of Duty has had several Sony exclusive bonuses that are almost certain to be discontinued. The bonus experience and additional battle pass tier skips are unlikely to remain a thing. If Xbox and PC owners end up with those benefits instead is still to be seen.
Xbox is growing
With Bethesda acquired in 2021 and now Activision Blizzard following the same fate the Xbox brand is growing. The motive behind this takeover can be divided into two halves. One, Microsoft likely wants to expand into the mobile market and Activision studio King has plenty of experience in that department. After all, its responsible for Candy Crush which is arguably the most successful mobile game ever made.
The second reason for this takeover is to expand the Game Pass. Both PC Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass can now benefit from the hundreds of unique titles and IPs owned by Activision Blizzard. That includes staple franchises like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, and Overwatch.
In a comedic set of patch notes, Microsoft has unveiled a change for its Xbox Game Pass for PC service. It has received a rebrand, being named PC Game Pass distancing itself from the Xbox brand. This rebrand includes a new logo, name, and various changes to the relevant social media pages.
The PC gaming service itself remains largely unchanged. It still costs $9.99 a month and provides users with a large variety of games to download and play. Equally, subscribers of the Ultimate Game Pass will also continue to have access to both the regular game pass and its PC counterpart.
It’s different but not that different
A specific reason for the PC Game Pass rebrand hasn’t been given but if the source tweet is anything to go by it probably isn’t a big deal. The tweet states that Microsoft just “likes this version more,” and that “change is good, usually.”
Interestingly, Microsoft hasn’t changed the Twitter handle for the official Game Pass for PC account. Although it probably couldn’t even if it wanted to as the handle @PCGamePass is already taken. This probably won’t cause too many issues but it could cause some unnecessary confusion for those searching Twitter.
Those with an eager eye may have already noticed the change before it was announced. This is because several of the titles shown at The Game Awards already mentioned the PC Game Pass in their trailers.
Truth be told, this rebrand of the PC Game Pass probably doesn’t affect you all that much. If nothing else, it’s an easier name to remember and arguably makes more sense given what the service provides. It didn’t ever have anything to do with Xbox beyond the fact that some of its games happen to also be on the Xbox platforms. Regardless, from here on out it’s the PC Game Pass, and not the Xbox Game Pass for PC.