One of the most anticipated PSP games finally gets a release date. Persona will be released on September 22 with a few extra bonus items.
The upcoming PSP title is actually a remake of a Playstation game. Revelations: Persona was released in North America in 1996. The game is unique from other RPGs in that it takes place in modern day Japan. You play as high-school students who must ward off demons from the area. Revelations: Persona mixes first-person exploration with third-person turn-based combat. Another unique aspect to the game is that you have to summon creatures called Personas in battle.
Revelations: Persona got a sequel on the Playstation. Personal 2 came in two parts: Innocent Sin was released in Japan only in 1999 while Eternal Punishment was released in Japan and North America in 2000.
The series took off in popularity with the arrival of the Playstation 2. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 added flashy presentation and social gameplay elements to the series. Because of those factors in addition to the game being released late into the lifecycle of the Playstation 2 in 2007 (thus having little competition), the third game in the series became a hit with fans worldwide. Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 further increased the series’ popularity when it came out a year later.
Thanks to the rising success of the series, publisher and developer Atlus decided to return to the original game. The Persona remake for the PSP will take advantage of the increase processing power for the handheld system. Visually, the game will support widescreen display in addition to the inclusion of new animated cut scenes. Persona will also have brand new music scores from composer Shoji Meguro. Finally, fans can expect new content and a new translation from Revelations: Persona on the Playstation.
As per their custom, Atlus is also giving out some real life bonus items with the Persona remake for the PSP. The first shipments of the upcoming game will come with a special boxed set that includes the PSP game in addition to a 2 CD soundtrack. Since the quantity is limited, you can expect that the prices will quickly skyrocket for the first editions of the Persona remake. So if you are interested in the extras, you should definitely preorder the upcoming PSP title.
Persona on the PSP gives hopes to fans that want the full Persona 2 experience to come to North America. For now, they can wait until September 22 to get the remake of the first game in this much beloved RPG series.