Today Atlus' Manager of Public Relations and Sales Aram Jabbari has revealed that Persona 3 Portable is coming to PSP for North America in July, 2010.
To quote: We bring good news. By "we" we mean Atlus, the publisher with the penchant for bringing edgy, outside-the-box RPGs to North America.
The good news? Persona 3 Portable, the handheld-ization of the award-winning beloved Persona 3, is coming to PSP and the PlayStation Store (for all you PSPgo owners out there) this July.
So aside from being the portable version of one of the highest-rated RPGs of all time, why exactly should you want to play Persona 3 Portable? I'm glad you asked...
For one, P3P takes what was easily already a 100+ hour adventure, one with an innovative day/night structure that mixes satisfying dungeon crawling combat with addicting social sim elements, and expands dramatically upon it.
With the new option to play the entire game through with a female protagonist, players will encounter a series of new events, social links, and romantic possibilities, all the while experiencing the acclaimed Persona 3 narrative from a fresh new perspective. Even hardcore fans who finished the original game will find something new to fall in love with in P3P.
The enhancements go beyond added content; one-button menu shortcuts, streamlined team equipment changes, incredibly short load times, and other tweaks create an ideal pace for portable gaming.
One of the most significant changes from the original game is the ability to control one's entire party in combat. While the party A.I. in Persona 3 was certainly in the upper-echelon of party A.I. systems, fans of the original game seemed to want the option to take full control of their team in battle, and the developers have granted their wishes in P3P.
Not satisfied with the original game's two difficulty options? P3P introduces FIVE selectable difficulties, ranging from the ultra noob-friendly "Beginner" (would you like us to just play the game for you, instead?) to the ultra hardcore "Maniac" (the force is strong with you), ensuring that what is certainly the most compact, streamlined version of Persona 3 is also the most flexible.
Look at me, going on and on about P3P and it's so early yet...silly goose. We'll have tons more assets and inside info for you folks, our dearest friends at the PlayStation Blizzle, in the not-too-distant future. Stay tuned, and be sure to pre-order your copy of Persona 3 Portable, landing in North America on July 6.
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