Classic cult JRPG Persona 4 could be coming to PS3

There's always time for Teddie.

An ESRB listing has suggested that Atlus might be looking to bring its cult JRPG Persona 4 to PS3, perhaps as a PlayStation 2 Classic.

The listing makes no mention of a release date, but does give the game an M rating for its use of blood, partial nudity, and sexual themes.

Persona 4, first released on the PS2 in 2009, is set in the fictional rural town of Inaba, and revolves around a group of teens struggling with the pains of growing up while simultaneously trying to unravel a supernatural murder mystery. We've all been there!

The game was rereleased on the Vita as Persona 4: Golden in 2013.

There's plenty more Persona on the way, too: Atlus will bring Persona 5 to the US in 2015, though so far Persona 5 it's only been announced for the PS3.

Atlus is yet to make a statement about the Persona 4 ESRB listing.

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WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

I'm not going to complain about any re-release but Vita TV + P4G is just better. That combo was a huge factor for me buying a Vita TV despite the limitations of importing right now. I love Persona 4 but Golden is a huge improvement I don't think I can go back.


Atlus releasing a PS2 classic is sometimes a move that follows something not happening. For example when it finally became clear PSP Persona 2 EP wasn't getting localised they released P2:EP on PSN as a PS1 classic. I wonder if a PS3 version of golden was on the cards... that would be amazing.


It's not Golden but to anyone who hasn't played Persona 4 and doesn't have a Vita I thoroughly recommend it. It's no exaggeration to say that game changed my life.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

lol maybe they should consider ps4. They're already a generation behind.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Are we talking about just the Ps2 emulated game or are we talking about agolden port. If it is the second thing then it is a must for everyone who does not own a vita ^^

toddx77
toddx77

Martin you got some date wrong.  Persona 4 came out on the PS2 in 2008 and Persona 4 Golden came out in 2012.

Holy-Rapture
Holy-Rapture

I thought persona 4 was on PSN already? :-/ I guess this is good though, was debating on getting a vita for Golden haha

pcty
pcty

That is why I think that right now the PS3 is the best to own.

pohman
pohman

I sold my ps3 not too long ago and they decide to release this and persona 5 now...........................WTF!!

benleslie5
benleslie5 moderator

Would have thought this would be bundled with Persona 3 making it a Persona 3 and 4 HD Collection but oh well, Persona 4 is still one of the best games I've played in years on both PS2 and Vita

HackedLife
HackedLife

Why do they keep releasing these games on old hardware?  P4 came out on PS2 4 years after the PS3 was released.  And now P5 is coming to the PS3 2 years after the PS4 was released.  WTF???  

Breyant
Breyant

I spent 250 hours getting the platinum for P4G on vita, but I'd probably do it all again if they release it on PS3. Hopefully it's not just a PS2 classic.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I don't understand JRPGs and these little pixies or egg-shaped side characters that have to be in every storyline.  Why does every hero need some magical fictional Pokémon thing with him?

Vinnvn
Vinnvn

Xbox not even getting the 720p 16fps version of Persona?

angeloti83
angeloti83

it gets so hard to get rid of my ps3!... i better hold on to it.

bannermanner
bannermanner

This series is the redemption of the JRPG, especially for gamers who are jaded with what most of them have become.

I loved Persona 4 for it's gameplay, but thought 3's story was vastly superior. Here's hoping that 5 can be the best of both worlds.

I wish this series was multiplatform, and I also wish the developers focused on current hardware instead of always staying one step behind. But I'll continue to support it as long as it stays as wonderful as it is.

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

should I wait for PS3 version or should I finally get it for PS Vita.

toffifee
toffifee

For gods sake stop making remakes. The game is only 4 years old. Maybe put some manpower on releasing P5 on PS4 instead.

thekazumalord
thekazumalord

I really hope this isn't a late April fool joke...  i loved the Persona 4 arena game, and the Persona 4 anime.. but I've never been able to play Persona 4 since it was on PS2 and Vita.. consoles i don't own and never will own.. Please bring Persona 4 to PS3 Atlus!

sakaixx
sakaixx

Got the ps2 and VITA ver but I'm buying it if the pricing is right as my support for atlus and the persona series

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

PS4 or GTOF. No, then it better be on PlayStation Now at least.

chronoschris
chronoschris

PS Vita port or HD version with trophies or I'm not interested.  This really didn't deserve it's own article. 

Tangsta03
Tangsta03

If it's just a PS2 classic on the PS3 then it's getting a big MEH from me. Either HD remake or don't bother IMO.

lillino09
lillino09

@pohman  in the same boat dude.... just bought the game for the PS2 in Dec. thinking  they wouldnt port it because of the vita version. sigh..... this is why i have trust issues....


adsparky
adsparky

@benleslie5 Persona 3 and 4 HD collection would be one of the most awesome things in the videogame world.

Raven_Yuri
Raven_Yuri

@HackedLife The PS4 hasn't been out for 2 years bro. And i was happy they did P5 on the PS3 as means i don't have to go get a next gen console right away.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@HackedLife Atlus releases games where the audience is.  Tens of millions of PS3s sold, maybe 4 or 5 million next gen consoles sold.

chuckles471
chuckles471

@HackedLife  You could be like me and your OG PS3 broke.  And you have no way to play your copy of Persona 4.  


I welcome this.  


Also PSN releases PS1 and 2 classics, you would know this if you owned a PS3.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@Breyant  i don't think they will release a p4g port on ps3 as it would hurt sales of the vita. it will likely just be a ps2 classic... though i really hope it is an hd port of the original game. or even a p3/p4 hd collection of sorts. wishful thinking? yea, probably :D

StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

@theKSMM  I don't understand Western RPGS and the lack of unique side characters in every storyline. Why does every character have to be human and every hero is basically a stereotypical hero?...

bannermanner
bannermanner

Most of the Persona experience is 1 frame at a time...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@angeloti83 Um, the PS4 isn't backwards compatible.  Why would you ever get rid of your PS3?

StarsiderSajun
StarsiderSajun

@toffifee  Well you know some people appreciate remakes. I'd rather have a good quality HD port or better yet a full remake any day instead of hoping that the next few titles that come out aren't a big let-down.

sakaixx
sakaixx

@thekazumalord  lol ps2 is friggin cheap and the copy of the game is only 10 bucks or less.

dnmt
dnmt

@EasyComeEasyGo  Hmm release it on the console with 80+ million users or the one with 7 million? Decisions, decisions.

dnmt
dnmt

@Tangsta03  Doesn't even have to be a remake per say, just get it to 1080p native and add all the extra content from Golden.

divinejester
divinejester

@Raven_Yuri @HackedLifeIts not a hard concept. JRPGs are niche, barring the FFs of the world they sell a few hundred thousand. Thats why they always come out at the ends of console lives, when the cost to make them is significantly lower. Just look at the ps3, xillia came out, symphonia chronicles, bunch of nis games, persona 5, xillia 2 this etc. Look at the first few years of the ps3, it had like folklore and thats it. Just the nature of the genre.

toffifee
toffifee

@StarsiderSajun @toffifee  I know people appreciate remakes and I actually own this on Vita, but another one? I also know they can do both, but I would rather they didn't waste time on another remake.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

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