Persona 4 Golden Gets Surprise Announcement And Launch On PC

The iconic RPG that was once the golden boy of the PS Vita has officially launched on PC via Steam.

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Developer/publisher Atlus officially launched the PC version of Persona 4 Golden, the iconic JRPG in the long-running franchise. Leaks surfaced via Steam's database earlier in the week, but now it's official: the once PlayStation Vita exclusive now lives on a new platform. The Steam page for P4G just went live.

Persona 4 Golden (2012) is the revamped version of the original Persona 4 that came out PlayStation 2 back in 2008. This new PC port features graphics options to make a visually dated game look better than before--there are options for resolution, anisotropic filtering, resolution scale, shadow quality, and anti-aliasing. The game will also run at much higher frame rates.

One major feature that wasn't in the original release or P4G on Vita: Japanese voice overs. Although the English voice cast is great and brought these characters to life, this is the first time the west can experience the game in Japanese. Otherwise, the rest of P4G remains intact. But what matters most is the fact that this emotional rollercoaster of a game is accessible to a much wider audience, seeing as how the PS Vita (and PSTV) is a discontinued platform.

Like Persona 3 and the most recent series entry in Persona 5, P4G beautifully merges social simulation gameplay, RPG dungeon crawling, and turn-based combat. You'll grow attached to the characters that fight alongside each other because of its heartfelt story and social link mechanic that dives deeper into their personalities and powers them up in battle.

Instead of living in the big city of Tokyo, you live in a rural town called Inaba as you plot your daily life. You'll spend time going to school, hanging out with friends, fusing personas for battle, and exploring the mysterious TV world to solve serial murders...and help your friends pursue their true selves. Screenshots of the PC version can be seen below.

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You can get Persona 4 Golden on PC via Steam for $20 USD for the standard version and $25 for the digital deluxe version, which includes the digital artbook and soundtrack. For more on the game, be sure to read my feature that celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Persona 4 and examined what made it such an influential game. You can also check out the latest game in the series, which came out earlier this year, with my Persona 5 Royal review.

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So they actually did release it and only for PC. Man, fucking Atlus. And of course no announcements or anything before that, so I've more than a handred bucks on a PS TV only some weeks ago to finally get to play this game. And now I have that piece of crap lying around being useless as there's nothing else worth playing on it. When I could have played a better version with proper resolution for only $20. Thanks, Atlus.

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@Atzenkiller: Why is it Atlus' fault that you only now -- in the year of our lord 2020 -- bought a game released in 2012 on a platform that has been the walking dead since 2015?

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@zmanbarzel: Because they've released it only weeks after I've finally replayed it without announcing anything beforehand, acting the whole time as if they had forgotten all about it and couldn't care less. Is that a good enough answer for you in this year of the lord?

I'm pretty sure nobody was expecting this to happen anymore as they have shown absolutely zero intention of rereleasing that game so far. And they still seem to have no intention of releasing it for consoles, which is pretty weird as it should make barely any more effort but bring them in more money than they'd get from Steam. But maybe they'll just again do a surprise release at some point since Atlus is just too cool to announce things like that ahead of time.

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@Atzenkiller: "Because they've released it only weeks after I've finally replayed it without announcing anything beforehand"

Again, that's on you. It's not Atlus' job to consider people who may be playing one of their games for the first time eight years after its release when making its business plans.

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@zmanbarzel: agreed. If they'd announced it a month ago, he could have likewise bought it a month earlier still, and he'd be in the same boat. It is what it is - bad luck when he pulled the trigger on a discontinued game on a discontinued hardware platform...

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Boom, same day release date. Nice.

I'm past the halfway point on the Vita version, so it's hard to start all over....but this is the beginning of a new era, Atlus and PC.

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I didn't even know that this was in the works. What amazingly good news.

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They're probably testing the waters with Persona 4 before considering the release of Persona 5 down the road.

Anyone wondering just how big the difference in visual presentation is between the PC, and past versions, well it's a huge difference.

Youtube - Persona 4 PC Vita PS2 4K Graphics Comparison All Versions

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I just picked this up. I've never played a Persona game, and can't tell if I'll love it or hate it. But if this is the gold standard (no pun intended) of the series and it's only 20 bucks... let's take a dive!

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@xantufrog: Sounds like you've read a bunch of crap from some of the fanboys without having ever played these games yourself. P3Fes was a great game and P4G improved it in every regard. But P5 improved things a lot further and is an even better game as a result. If you wanted to start with the best one then P5 would have been the way to go. Although starting with the older ones might be the better option if you wanted to play them all, since you'll find it more difficult to get through them once you've played P5.

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@Atzenkiller: I literally just said it is my first Persona game. So yeah - I'm going off the recommendations of others. If 5 is better, that's great... but this is 20 bucks and I bought it so, I'll be playing this for now

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@xantufrog: Then do that. Nothing wrong with P4G and the main reason I commented was because of that weird phrase you posted about it being "the gold standard", which is what the die hard fans of it would say. So I've pointed out that P5 has actually improved a lot over the older games. I've played P4G just recently, having very fond memories of it as well. But I had to recognize that the nostalgia goggles were pretty strong.

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@xantufrog: best jrpg of last gen and one of the best in 6th gen. Enjoy!

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@sakaixx: I'm loving it so far!

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@xantufrog:

Hang in there past the naming conventions of all the spells.

While the gameplay is straight turnbased, I can't help but remember feeling how clumsy I was at remembering the different elemental names...(they do matter for weak-spots).

Once you get a feel for fusing demons the game really comes alive with how you go forwards.

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@gargungulunk: thanks for the tip - I definitely think I'll get turned around by these kinds of things

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Im feeling like I should just continue to upgrade my PC instead of moving to consoles this gen. at least until the consoles become cheaper.

almost all of Xbox's exclusives are moving to PC on launch now lol

Sony's stuff is starting to move to PC, once stuff like uncharted and Last of Us make the jump to PC its a wrap.

PC for the heavy gaming and multiplayer. And a Switch for the portability, Indie titles and Nintendo exclusives

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@alastor529: I wonder: how much would upgrading your PC cost if you wanted to get anything that could compare to the new consoles? Could you really get any upgrades like that for only $400 or $500, which is what the new consoles will most likely cost?

And take a look at the current gen. The PS4 started at $400 and the standard or cheaper version now costs $300. I wouldn't expect things to turn out any differently. If there's gonna be any price drops then those'll only happen when Sony releases an upgraded version again. And then that upgraded version will probably cost the same price and everyone will want to get one of those instead of the old model.

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