Atlus summons Persona 3 for PSP

Acclaimed 2007 installment in Shin Megami Tensei series set for July 6 portable release with faster load times, new playable character.

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Last year, Atlus debuted its Shin Megami Tensei series on the North American PSP with a remake of the original 1996 Persona. The role-playing game received a tepid critical reaction and complaints that it simply didn't measure up to modern standards.

Persona 3...because normal high school isn't hellish enough.

Atlus apparently paid attention, as the publisher today announced that it will follow up that effort with a considerably more modern iteration of the series. The publisher today announced Persona 3 Portable, a revamped version of Persona 3 for the PlayStation 2. Released in North America in 2007, Persona 3 won critical acclaim, including being named GameSpot's RPG of the year.

Persona 3 followed a group of students studying in a Japanese high school during the day, where their actions built up demonic alter egos called "personas." However, at night they would explore the tower Tartarus and use their personas to battle the sinister shadows that lurked within.

For the game's PSP debut, Atlus is instituting a number of tweaks to the original. First and foremost, the game will include a new female playable character, along with new social links, events, and romantic opportunities. On top of that, the publisher is promising faster load times, single-button shortcuts in the game's menus, and more efficient equipment management.

Persona 3 Portable will be available in stores and on the PlayStation Network the week of July 6. For more on the original, check out GameSpot's review of Persona 3 on the PS2.

Discussion

70 comments
Gnosis13
Gnosis13

More P3 is always a good thing. Will they do the same with P4 down the road? Also where is P5?

QuistisTrepe_
QuistisTrepe_

@Timbydude Check who reviewed the game. Lark Anderson also reviewed Chrono Trigger DS. That alone, explains a lot. Another SE bootlicker.

QuistisTrepe_
QuistisTrepe_

This game alone would make a PSP worth it. I hope P3P lives up to the hype

guile_charlie
guile_charlie

I got Persona 3: FES on PS2, and it has become one of my favorite RPGs of all time. If this version includes all the FES features, I will be sure to get it (once I get a PSP, of course). @ Rizer, I'm waiting for Persona 5, too. It'll probably be a ways off from now, though. @ Abecale, if gamespot does rate JRPGs harshly, then Persona 3 is just THAT much better to have been named RPG of the year.

Rizer
Rizer

That's great, but where is Persona 5?

Abecale
Abecale

@Timbydude Your right, IGN and Gamespot tend to rate JRPG's really harshly, i for one, peronally loved each and every persona game, as well as all of Shin Megami's video games. Its great to hear this is coming onto PSP, and with added bonuses too!

Timbydude
Timbydude

The original Persona for PSP did not receive a "tepid critical reaction". GameSpot was one of the very few reviewers that didn't like it. The GameRankings average is a 7.8, which is good. That aside, I think I'll pick this up. As other people have said, this is much more a remake than it is a port. Some stuff has been added, and other stuff has been removed. It's my favorite game of all time, so it's worth looking at the new stuff.

fayenatic
fayenatic

does this version still have battle fatigue? that annoyed me in the PS2 version. also, will this version have shortcuts (square button) when trying to go to places (like P4)?

Rhen_Var
Rhen_Var

In case you were wondering, P3P does NOT include The Answer. Not to mention the 3D models are scrapped for cutscenes and town exploration which are replaced by Novel cutscenes and point and click exploration. The new added stuff? New social links, Vision quest, two easier and harder difficulties. P3P is more of a remake rather than a port

-Katsuri-
-Katsuri-

Faster loading times? More social links? F*** YEAH!

Stabby
Stabby

Atlus has got a good thing going, taking games released in Japan and releasing them elsewhere... ...considering how well its worked out I'm surprised they just didn't bother releasing them out Japan in the first place. As for this game, sounds great but I'd like a unedited version of Persona 2 since thay was very tweaked upon initial release.

X-RS
X-RS

huh. i still havent played persona on psp, but id like to play 2 or the other 1. also kinda ticked. its like i cant play through it. i got p3 col edition, then fes. considered getting it, and now this. all i wanna do is play through it once (on the FINAL ver.). yeah, theyll change it, but a lots the same. "Coming in 2012 P3: FINAL! for PS3"

MogFromLeipzig
MogFromLeipzig

I answer to myself. It is P3 FES + more, e.g. you can select your main character to be a girl. Elizabeth is then going to be a guy.

FaintRain
FaintRain

@ayanematrix thx for the link this is the most sentence i liked in the review and if it's true then p3p is a day-one-game for me "the added content will not do much for people who are not already obsessed. Ultimately,P3P is a fan service game that does a good job of imitating the original. If you loved it on PS2 and are in the mood for another go around, have at it with the female MC and enjoy the new perspective."

MogFromLeipzig
MogFromLeipzig

Is this P3 FES + additional content or P3 + additional content or is it just P3 FES?

FaintRain
FaintRain

after P3P i hope Atlus brings us P4 i never had the chance to play it since my ps2 died before it was released

kuroshiro99
kuroshiro99

i never played P3. So this is a great opportunity for me to play it on the fly on my psp. however i have played P4 therefore i know P3 owns.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

Im assuming tomorrow we get the announcement of the wii ware game Persona 3 ten years later.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

Seems atlus is turning into Square Enix, whoring out their games, and make doubles and triplicates of some games. SInce persona 3 already has a remake in FES, which is P3 plus a boat load of content, i dont see the need to release this game a third time ala final fantasy 4. I honestly think a. more people have the ps2, and most who have the psp have the ps2, so it really not like you cant play persona 3 or fes as it is; i dont think it adds that many new people to the base.

edant79
edant79

Isn't for the PS2?...

genfactor
genfactor

For the love of god, please let them make a PS2, Wii, 360 or some other console version.

TouoT
TouoT

Good new for people who love bad new. Now I will have to buy PS Go to play it.

C_Sharp
C_Sharp

For those asking, this will NOT include FES. Atlus said when they first announced the game that it's just the original P3 but with a female main character added.

ayanematrix
ayanematrix

Well, I read a review on an import release on this game that mentioned one of the reasons why the game loads faster is that you lose most of the exploration activities that the original had. You know, the parts after school where you ran around looking for things to do, random secrets, and people to hang out with; all of that has been taken out of the game in favor of faster load times and more focused character specific events. Also, what's odd about the female alternate character is that she's something Atlus was considering in the first place as she's in the artbook that comes with the first version of Persona 3.

Faller88
Faller88

Wasnt this announced a while ago? Releasedate is new, but whoever wrote this seems to Think The Game itself is brand new information......

Caer_Death
Caer_Death

I played through a little bit of P3:FES about a year and a half ago. Good game, but I didn't stay addicted 'til the end like the first two games in the series. If I ever pick up a PSP (unlikely), then I would want this game to give it another shot, PORTABLY!

Orasion_Seiz
Orasion_Seiz

this is great i hope there are more new features that will be included.

lamprey263
lamprey263

@maxermaximus you're right, seems like Atlus should have released these on the PSP in order, still though, Square Enix in the past has ported the Final Fantasy games every which way in no particular order and it worked for them, I think what Atlus is doing here is porting the PS2 game to the PSP while people still remember how good it was on the PS2, they should also do this to Persona 4 while people care, but Persona 2 is nearly 10 years old so maybe this time around they're experimenting with porting Persona 3 PSP and see how it compares to the Persona PSP sales, and if Persona 3 sells better I think they'll just make Persona 4 PSP next; but I feel yah, I'd like a chance to play Persona 2 on the PSP since I never got to play it on the PS1

maxermaximus
maxermaximus

Um, Persona 3 was great, but why are they skipping Persona 2? We still haven't even gotten the first half of 2 in America yet, and they're already releasing 3 for the third time! (the original, FES, and PSP port). It hasn't even been out that long, while Persona 2 is on it's 10th year anniversery.

lamprey263
lamprey263

This is cool, gives people who didn't play the PS2 version a chance to try it on the PSP, but having already played the hell out of the PS2 version (still have it for that matter), I see no reason for myself to pick it up, after all for a game as long as this I'd much rather play this from the comfort of my sofa. Still though, I'm curious about this version of the game, having watched YouTube videos of the Japanese PSP version I've seen they've replaced 3D environments with 2D ones, which I don't think look bad at all but I wonder why they made this decision, after all the PS2 version had simple 3D rendering and it definitely seemed like something the PSP could handle. Still though, the 3D dungeon crawling and battles all seem to be there just the same. They also kept the animated sequences, which I think they should have left out, not because they're bad, I just feel that with the UMD's limited space they'd save space for the game's soundtrack from the PS2 version, which was excellent; I actually don't know if the soundtrack was compromised or not, if they can fit in both the animations and the original soundtrack with this game on the UMD then I say go for it, but if they had to chose I'd say lose the video and keep the soundtrack. Anyhow, the Japanese version is done and already out, so imagine the only changes they're going to make before releasing outside Japan is just localization work.

Patrickstar1986
Patrickstar1986

I've been waiting to play this title for a while. I just wonder if It'll have FES. Bring persona 4 while you are at it also. I'll just have to play Dragon Warrior VII on my psp until then...

chipface-z
chipface-z

This is making me want to replace my lost PSP even more now.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

My most anticipated PSP title this year. :P

KH-mixerX
KH-mixerX

I never played it either. Maybe I'll pick this one up.

Flame_Blade88
Flame_Blade88

Sounds good to me, never got to play Persona 3 on PS2, could never find it lol

Suyomizzle_
Suyomizzle_

shabulla, technically, Atlus just published Demon's Souls. The only game's Atlus develops internally are the Megami Tensei Games

shabulia
shabulia

@legend maker Atlus has released a game for PS3. It actually won game of the year (all systems) right here on Gamespot. It's called Demon's Souls and it's freaking amazing!!! It is a new IP and I think this is one that will finally give Atlus the recognition it deserves.

shabulia
shabulia

I am all over this. They say it's an enhanced version of the PS2 game. So does that mean it's Persona 3 FES? That would rock! But either way, I'm more than pleased to welcome this one to my PSP collection.

orestes1981
orestes1981

Too bad this isn't the superior Persona 3 FES. Oh well.

Kvain
Kvain

I'm in love. Played the PS2 version through twice and can't wait for P3P.

KaBo0m
KaBo0m

gamespot forgot the 2nd biggest new feature(after new main character) you can now control all of your party members in battle

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

The PSP is best when the games are hand drawn or comic-ish. Disgaea and Metal Slug for example. We need more games like this. (And turn based strategy, a la FF Tactics, not a remake) This game looks awesome though.