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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