Persona 4 confirmed for PS3, releases on April 8 for $10

Atlus’ RPG will be available on PSN as a PlayStation 2 Classic.

As a recent ESRB listing recently suggested, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 will arrive on PlayStation 3 as a downloadable PlayStation 2 Classic, publisher Atlus has confirmed.

You’ll be able to download the game from the PlayStation Network in North and South America on April 8 for $10. As a PlayStation 2 Classic, it is a straight port, and doesn’t include improved graphics or extra features.

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.

Atlus is also bringing Persona 5 to the United States in 2015, though so far it's only been announced for the PS3.

For more on Persona 4, check out our glowing review of the original release.

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127 comments
pound-u
pound-u

I already own this game. And some losers out there wonder why many of us want backwards compatibility.

HiImUPSMan
HiImUPSMan

Meh. still got the original ps2 copy. wouldve considered it if it was the vita version.

Bowser05
Bowser05

geez I'm still playing Soul Hackers. I have so much catching up to do XD.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

It ain't golden and it ain't dual audio, its like Atlus hates money or something?

spike6958
spike6958

Don't think I could go back to this version after playing P4G on PSVita.

Tribesmaster
Tribesmaster

Too bad it wont get a 360 release. Oh well.

SilentAssassin
SilentAssassin

hell yeah for those of you haven't played this one... now is the perfect time!! check it out it's awesome.

grin89
grin89

came here cause  おっぱい

lostn
lostn

If it's not Golden it's useless. Too little too late.


That said, they need to release a P3 FES Golden for Vita with the enhancements that P4 and P4G introduced.

BlackRose09
BlackRose09

I guess I'll buy it then! I've been waiting for it since I saw the game at Gamestop, BUT for the Vita, which I don't have. So this will have to make do until I can get it. Besides, no offense to who liked Persona 3, which I did like, but the dungeon... I had to rage quit after being in the 60th something floor because... it was TOO MANY FLOORS! Thankfully this one has like only a few dungeons and with a few floors, minimum 3 floors, maximum 11 or so. So yeah... I'mma gonna play the crap of this game. xD

Naylord
Naylord

Porting Golden to the ps3 would truly be worth noticing.

MARYUS1010
MARYUS1010

It's stupid porting Persona 4 and not  Persona 4 Gold for the PS3. It's like they don't care.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

Since this isn't golden I am not sure whether to play this or just keep waiting for the day I get a Vita to play Persona 4 Golden there.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Too bad it is not a(n enhanced) golden port. This will stay the best version of the game

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

I hate pot .... I mean port ...... I cannot go back to PS2 graphic ...... it's dreadfull to watch

exedeath
exedeath

If it was a port of Golden for the PS3, then I would pay 60 bucks for it. I wouldn't mind owning a 3rd copy of the game.

FkzAz
FkzAz

So, No love for Europe ?....


If not, this is realy sad news.

dr_josh
dr_josh

In the words of James Hetfield "Yea-AH!!!"

solid_snake1461
solid_snake1461

Ha, this is how you do the busness right. Releasing a classic with a budget price.

Jdzspace
Jdzspace

what's the difference between the golden version and the regular one? 

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

for those who are disappointed that this is not the golden version of persona 4, keep in mind that vita tv will likely be released worldwide later this year (it is currently only in japan at the moment). so, we will soon be able to play vita games without owning a vita if you are willing to shell out $100 for the device. it might be a worthwhile investment for those who have no interest in handheld devices and just want to game on their tv's.  

Simulator_Shock
Simulator_Shock

I actually downloaded Persona 3 on my PS3 last year but I never got around to finishing it...guess it wouldn't hurt to pick this up either...

stage4saiyan
stage4saiyan

What a disappointment. Game is incredible, don't get me wrong, and easily a 9/10...but I was hoping for an "HD" version when I first heard it was coming to the PS3. Not a 480p port.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@SDBusDriver1979 That would require work to do that porting.  This is just a straight release of the PS2 version.

lostn
lostn

@Toysoldier34 It's unlikely they will release P4 on PS3, and then later release P4G on PS3 to make you buy it twice. If they're going to do that, don't you think they would skip P4 and just go straight to releasing P4G? Would make a lot more sense.

P4G is not a PS2 game, so it wouldn't be a straight forward port. It would need to be a HD remaster, which takes more work than simply taking PS2 code and making it run on PS3.

lostn
lostn

@Toysoldier34 Get the Vita. You get like 6 games to own instantly if you're with PS+.

igorphoenix
igorphoenix

@Toysoldier34  this was the reason I bought Vita and I'm completely satisfied with the purchase. Besides, there are couple of good games and a bunch of ports/remasters. Definitely worth it.

jreezy18
jreezy18

@hippiesanta You're missing out on some pretty good games then. People get hung up on graphics too much these days.

Strategizer
Strategizer

@exedeath From what I have played on my friend's vita i can see what your saying but since money in my place is tight right now $10 for at least the game itself is fine for now since I can afford a vita right now. I do wonder why they don't just port the Golden version though.

godofhell2
godofhell2

@FkzAz  maybe in two years time? and haven't shin megami games always released later in europe?

lostn
lostn

@stage4saiyan It's a "PS2 classic" which basically means it's been modified and plays as if your PS3 had backwards compatibility, reading a PS2 disc (which mine does). 

What you want is a HD Remaster. That would mean they uprez it, make it widescreen and add trophies. It would also cost more. Instead of $10, you'd be looking at $30-40. 

MARYUS1010
MARYUS1010

@leakingdogmilk @MARYUS1010 Well, if they want my interest, they should add something fresh along the game, something like Golden. If they did that for VITA i'm sure they could do it for PS3.

Feeder16
Feeder16

I got a vita last week and had 20 odd ps + games stacked up was brilliant to install them all. Only game I have 'paid' for is Persona. Any know the chances of tear away coming to ps plus?

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

@jreezy18 @hippiesanta  Then I may get a vita version.... if it's the same.........


I have a ps2 max payne for ps3 ...... it's wierd to press pshome button to start the game. and I get dizzy watcing old graphic on HDTV

Feeder16
Feeder16

@lostn @Feeder16  


Yeah I noticed the big discount earlier, its £15 at moment on Amazon and was going to buy Tearaway. But decided to side with Persona as that is less likely to be on Plus (I hope).

lostn
lostn

@Feeder16 Not sure on that, but it was heavily discounted for PS+ members some while back. It's pretty hard to predict what will be free, but certainly not out of the question.