Koei confirms Persona 3 for Europe

The latest game in the Shin Megami Tensei series is officially set for a February release date.

It looks as if 2008 is going to be a good year for role-playing game fans. Not only are Fable 2, Lost Odyssey, and Final Fantasy XIII supposedly due, but Japanese PlayStation 2 game Persona 3 has just been confirmed for European release.

Due for release on February 29, Persona 3 is a unique role-playing experience: a combination of a Japanese dating sim and a standard RPG with some odd touches.

During the day, players must work on relationships and make choices at their school, and these decisions will strengthen and expand the variety of Personas that they can call on during the "hidden hour." The hidden hour is the time between one school day and the next, and it's when the demons come out to play.

Personas are summoned in battle by shooting oneself in the head, which is just one of the strange twists in this PS2 title. The Persona series has so far sold over one million copies in Japan, and this is the first to make it to Europe.

For more information on Persona 3, read GameSpot's full review.

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57 comments
romeyo4ever
romeyo4ever

that cool but i want to know it will be in US again i look every where and i didnt found it

superbeast1370
superbeast1370

@ rumor_persona...I know what you mean. I had to pre-order Odin Sphere(I'm glad I did) so I wouldn't pay $100 on ebay.

Bloodflowers
Bloodflowers

This is great news!!! I have played half the game and its very amazing. Ive played all the Shin Megami Tensei games and P3 is one of the best. These cult-ish RPG titles usually do suprisingly well in the UK. And I can play it on my PS3 as well, great!

rumor_persona
rumor_persona

I live in Brazil and I'm really happy because I've got P3 at launch from Play-Asia and latter discovered that the game is now hard to find. I've missed Nocturne and Digital Devil Saga 1. Now I know that I have to buy Atlus games A.S.A.P., pre-order them, if possible. Fortunately I've already got DDS 2 and SMT: Devil Summoner too.

huskerman34
huskerman34

damn it really never came out in the us. I cannot find it anywhere i guess shen megami games are really hard to find! must be worth a lot of money.

Weapon_Master87
Weapon_Master87

oh right I forgot about this but Official PlayStation 2 magazine in their current issue gave Persona 3 10/10

Skull_Fire
Skull_Fire

Im still waiting for Gamespot to finally announce the fact that the game is also coming to Australia at the end of March... and review Dragonball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3 which came out months ago.

Weapon_Master87
Weapon_Master87

Koei's only the publisher of the game they didn't make it it was made like 2 years ago

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

When will developers focus on the PS3? My goodness...

Weapon_Master87
Weapon_Master87

to diablobasher we're only getting the art book and that's only if you pre order it from game.co.uk

ordinateur
ordinateur

Now I want FES. FES FES FES FES FES FES FES FRS FES FES FES!!!!!!!!!!!! Good news for euros though

Jokul
Jokul

I think I'll be happier with Fable 2

diablobasher
diablobasher

Godspoison: When the entire world falls under the same licensing laws, main spoken language and other legal jurisdictions. That's when we will all get it at the same time, with the same stuff. I hope this comes with the cd/book! If not that sucks balls. We got the art cards and cd for Digital Devil Saga 2.

GodsPoison
GodsPoison

You get P3, we get FES, You get FES, We get P4/newSMT. its an endless cycle of waiting for releases. when are we going to have simultanious releases for all games?

HuxleyHobbes
HuxleyHobbes

A bit late. I imported this some time ago. It is great though, worth getting. And no, you don't need to have played the earlier ones, as far as I can gather. I'm doing just fine without. And yes FES wanted ;_;

LongShot42
LongShot42

wow thats great but uh.....i couldnt help but wonder.....hows fes coming?

Pazy160
Pazy160

Sounds fantastic, ill definately pick this up with my birthday cash. Fingers crossed it dosent require previous knowledge of Persona 1/2.

Kirbysuperstar
Kirbysuperstar

Sigh, so far away.. And I bet we don't get the artbook/CD, either.

rynmls
rynmls

good for your europe gamers...

7-ate-9
7-ate-9

Trading in my PS2 was a bad move :(

fantasyfacade
fantasyfacade

Februrary is going to be a great month for Eurpean gamers. I can see me being broke but very happy in the near future. :D

Shadow-Eagle
Shadow-Eagle

Now where's the Persona 3: FES annoucement...

Gaara79
Gaara79

Feb o8 is like Nov o7 o.O DMC4, Lost Odessey and Pesrona 3 *faits* I can't get them all in the same month darn it. -_- I thought this was suposed to be the slow time?

NetPedro21
NetPedro21

Lol, i got so impatient that i bought the game from Ebay. Oh well... at least i will get it a month earlier :)

Bdking57
Bdking57

Atlus makes the greatest JRPGs eva.. I sold my digital devil saga 1 for $100... name one other game you can make $50 on selling 2 years after buying it. These are the games that people that dont like JRPGs havent played, non kiddy characters...cant wait till the new xbox 360 atlus game makes its release stateside.

jknight5422
jknight5422

Why hasn't this game made it to the 360? It doesn't have to have great graphics for me to play it. I guess I'll have to hunt down an old PS2 console...d@mmit.

diablobasher
diablobasher

CamisadoBlue: Anything can happen. Until it's out then it may never come out. Anything could happen.

CamisadoBlue
CamisadoBlue

@Gamespot "Not only are Fable 2, Lost Odyssey, and Final Fantasy XIII supposedly due," I'm sorry but while Fable 2 and Final Fantasy XIII could easily be put in the 'supposedly' category, Lost odyssey is out in like, 3 weeks!? lol, hardly 'supposedly' and yeah... it's about time we got some Persona action going down. :D

VagrantChild24
VagrantChild24

It is a great game, highly recommend to anyone who enjoys RPGs or a great dark story. Now if only we can get some more news on FES and not just a sentence out of EGM's Rumor Mill...

forcesofhabit
forcesofhabit

Awesome. You guys were seriously missing out.

diablobasher
diablobasher

Oh and not to mention that we never got any of the previous Persona games, not even the awefull US version of the first game. I really hope they rerelease them for PSP at some point, i would love to be able to play it and not have to boot up an illegal emulator, and have a printed script at hand.

diablobasher
diablobasher

Uuuhhh.... OLD news!? I've had this preordered with this exact date confirmed for 3 months now. And yes, we europeans do get the shaft, we are still waiting on a confirmed date for Rock Band, and a lot of games we just dont get at all (Manhunt 2, Rule of Rose, others)

Bodboy466
Bodboy466

They've had to wait THIS long?? Jesus, Europe really does get some bad raps.

Sim_genius
Sim_genius

Yay for Europe. They had to wait so much to play awesome P3

Ross0_JE
Ross0_JE

I hope this SMT game will sell well over here, awesome news :)

shaggyaz
shaggyaz

You guys will enjoy this,Im playin through it right now and its an excellent rpg

pastro243
pastro243

This is good, it will get good sales

megamanzero32
megamanzero32

Have fun with it over there! Everyone derserves to play this great RPG!

spatan11711
spatan11711

ok now i regret getting rid of my ps2 for a 40 gig ps3

RockmanSRD
RockmanSRD

It's interesting that Koei is helping take it there, another great publisher in their own right.

RidleyTJN
RidleyTJN

Atlus needs to bring the FES expansion to the US Pronto.

hayato_
hayato_

People in Europe will finally get one of the best RPGs out their, just be prepared to spend alot of time on it.

zoe256
zoe256

I've never heard of this game before...but it sounds nuts! You have relation ships, and go to school but then shoot yourself in the head in 'battles', wtf?