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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona

Platform(s): PSP
Genre: Role-Playing
Publisher: Atlus U.S.A.
Developer: Atlus
Release Date: Sept. 22, 2009

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'SMT: Persona' (PSP) Digital Distribution Slightly Delayed, UMD Still on Track

by Rainier on Sept. 11, 2009 @ 6:24 p.m. PDT

Atlus U.S.A. is bringing a remake of the first Shin Megami Tensei: Persona to the PSP, featuring a completely redone localization, gameplay enhancements, and content additions never before seen, to North America.

Each and every launch copy of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona for PSP will be a premium boxed set. In addition to the game, customers will receive the game's exceptional soundtrack, which features 2 CDs of music from master composer Shoji Meguro (while supplies last, at participating retailers). Also disclosed today were the game's first English screenshots and official North American release date.

"Over a decade after the game was originally released for PlayStation®, we're proud to be able to deliver a remade, remastered SMT: Persona through the ever-growing PlayStation Store in addition to traditional retail channels," said Tim Pivnicny, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Atlus.  "When the PSPgo System launches in October, customers will immediately be able to load up a digital copy of what promises to be one of the platform's strongest RPG releases of the year.  To show our devotion to our fans and retail partners, the UMD release of SMT: Persona will include the game's complete 2-disc soundtrack, courtesy of master composer Shoji Meguro, at no additional cost  This tremendous value is exclusive to the retail version of the game, and only available for a limited time at launch."

This first chapter in the RPG series leaves no doubt as to why the franchise has grown in popularity over the years: the game features an evocative script laden with philosophy and morality, an incredibly unique game world free from the clichés and repetition of the genre, and relentless JRPG gameplay with fast action and intelligent strategy.

Completely remastered for PSP system, SMT: Persona boasts a fully redone localization (including content never-before-seen in North America), all-new music from composer Shoji Meguro, beautiful new animated sequences overseen by famed artist Kazuma Kaneko, and enhanced graphics optimized for the PSP system's widescreen aspect ratio. With new content, adjustments to game balance, and a number of technical and design improvements, this is the definitive version of one of the most sought after RPGs of all time.

The rumor going around St. Hermelin High School holds that if you play the "Persona" game, you can see what the future holds for you. When a group of students-some eager, some skeptical-tries the game out, they experience something quite different. Before long, the city is turned upside-down and demons are roaming the streets, and only the students' newfound power of Persona can set things right again.

Whether you pursue Takahisa Kandori and his abuses of the power he wields as SEBEC's president, or whether you delve into the curse of the Snow Queen that has plagued St. Hermelin for decades, a deep, modern, psychological tale awaits. Remember your true self, and free the tortured psyches of others...

Key Features

  • More than the same old JRPG -- Dark, philosophical, and complex, Persona sets you up in a modern day Japan that has gone into chaos. Demons run free, and you and your team must navigate corruption, mental frailty, and an alternate version of your world to bring your reality back into order.
  • A second chance on PSP -- Offering a second opportunity to experience the beginnings of the acclaimed Persona series, this remake boasts a fully relocalized script, revamped user interface, faster battles, expanded soundtrack, and new in-game movies with voice work added just for the North American release.
  • Unique tactical opportunities -- The inner selves known Personas are your key to progressing through the adventure, adding skills and incredible depth to your battle tactics. Expand and improve your collection through the Demon Negotiation system that offers spell cards that you can later fuse into new Personas.

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