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Atlus Announces Persona 3 Portable and Release Date


Atlus announced today that Persona 3 Portable will be hitting U.S. shores this July 6, 2009 on the PSP.

No word if it will be on the PSN; I asked on the Atlus forum’s and will update if I find anything out.
I was honestly thinking this last week that Atlus would definitely be publishing this title in the U.S. and it was a matter of time really. Atlus seems to publishes some niche games that don’t sell to well or get fabulous reviews, but Persona 3 Portable is guaranteed money in the bank. When Persona 3 Portable was released in Japan, it was a no brainer for Atlus to bring it to the states, where Persona 3 and 4 were met with critical acclaim and did well for Atlus. I am hoping Atlus released this the week of July 6th on the PSN like they did with the Persona 1 remake.
I saw on the Atlus forum’s someone complaining about why Persona 3 was remade before Persona 2. The thing is, Persona 3 Portable isn’t a remake of Persona 3 or Persona 3: FES, it is a port of the PS2 game. It is much cheaper and easier for a developer to port over a PS2 game to the PSP than it is to remake a game entirely. While a few things were added, Persona 3 Portable doesn’t contain The Answer segment from FES and doesn’t bring much more to the table other than a playable female protagonist. I don’t think that it is worth $10 than Persona 3: FES was at launch for a portable game port with inferior graphics. I think $40 is a fair price for the game, but I was surprised by it.
Hopefully there is a save anywhere feature instead of strictly at the dorms and outside Tartarus. In the end I am still excited for this to be released, July can’t come soon enough!
There weren’t any English screens released, but Atlus did post the opening to the game on their YouTube channel.

One Comment leave one →
  1. 02/08/2010 10:20 PM

    oooo nice. luv hte persona series.

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