Persona 2: Innocent Sin to finally see North American localization

by: Nathaniel -
After 12 years, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin will finally see a North American release.  As the one entry in the Persona series to never be release outside of Japan, this undoubtedly has JRPG fans in the West excited.  North American fans will finally be able to see the other side of the Persona 2 story arc about high school students who learn that rumor has the power to twist reality and can only be combated by their own power that resides in each one, known as Personas.  This remastered version will take full advantage of the PSP's strengths, and also offer up new sidequests in the Climax Theater and the player's choice of the original soundtrack or a fully remixed version.

Key Features will include:

  • The "Lost Persona" arrives, expanded and enhanced! -- The only Persona game to never see a formal release in North America is finally here, with improved visuals, the option to play with the original or a remixed soundtrack, new quests, refinements, and much more!
  • A Twisted World in which Rumor Becomes Reality -- When casual gossip suddenly becomes harsh existence, the denizens of Sumaru City realize the bizarre phenomenon can quickly get out of hand and be used to further nefarious agendas. It's up to you and your classmates to figure out what or who is pulling everyone's strings. 
  • Befriend the Enemy -- Contact enemy demons to gain items, tarot cards, and vital information only they have. Negotiate carefully: every demon reacts to certain approaches differently!
  • Full Team Control -- Your entire squad is yours to command! Summon new Personas for all five members of the party and manage their equipment and items to give your team the best chance for victory.
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Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin is set for release this fall.

OVER 12 YEARS IN THE MAKING: ATLUS TO BRING SHIN MEGAMI TENSEI: PERSONA 2: INNOCENT SIN FOR PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) SYSTEM TO NORTH AMERICA THIS FALL

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA -- MAY 24, 2011 -- ATLUS today announced that Shin Megami Tensei®: Persona®2: Innocent Sin, the one entry in its acclaimed Persona series of roleplaying games never to be released outside of Japan, is finally coming to North America for PSP system this fall. In a world in which rumors are becoming reality, an unlikely team of citizens must discover and harness a hidden power dormant within each of them if they're to have any chance of getting to the bottom of this dangerous phenomenon and stopping it before it gets out of control.

Over 12 years in the making, the official localization of Innocent Sin provides patient fans with the other side of the Persona 2 arc, a dark adventure about high school students who find their reality being twisted by rumors, and who must draw on their inner strengths, their Personas, to bring back order. Taking advantage of PSP system's 16:9 aspect ratio, higher resolution display, superior audio, and increased horsepower, this remastered version of one of the pinnacles of ATLUS' flagship Shin Megami Tensei franchise delivers the game in style with a sleek new interface, new sidequests in the Climax Theater, and the player's choice of the fully remixed or original soundtrack.

While the original Persona still exhibited many foundational ties to the core SMT series, Persona 2: Innocent Sin marked the point at which the beloved RPG series found its identity. While retaining core series mechanics like demon negotiation and party-building, Innocent Sin was ultimately defined by its far greater emphasis on character and story over surviving long dungeons, eschewing the tradition of first-person dungeon crawling in favor of a third-person view of the ever-escalating insanity. The story unfolds through lovingly crafted sprite animations and dialogue portraits, which were current series artist Shigenori Soejima's first contribution to the Persona games, but it's the characters who shine most, from the memorable villains to the fully fleshed-out main cast to the vast array of people they meet along the way.

SMT: Persona 2: Innocent Sin for PSP system is currently scheduled to release in North America this Fall. For more info, visit the official website at http://www.atlus.com/persona2.

 About SMT: Persona 2: Innocent Sin
The story takes place in Sumaru City, Japan, population 1,280,000. Its protagonist attends Seven Sisters High School ("Sevens" for short), whose emblem is considered a status symbol even amongst students from other schools. Soon, though, a rumor that Sevens' emblem was actually cursed, and that wearing it would disfigure one's face, had spread around the city.

Even worse, the rumor came true...

And it was only the beginning of a string of rumors becoming reality, one after another...
Before long, the protagonists discover the power to summon another side of them called "Personas," which they use to investigate the strange incidents around the city, all while facing their own personal demons as well. Time is once again on the march...

Key Features
The "Lost Persona" arrives, expanded and enhanced! -- The only Persona game to never see a formal release in North America is finally here, with improved visuals, the option to play with the original or a remixed soundtrack, new quests, refinements, and much more!
A Twisted World in which Rumor Becomes Reality -- When casual gossip suddenly becomes harsh existence, the denizens of Sumaru City realize the bizarre phenomenon can quickly get out of hand and be used to further nefarious agendas. It's up to you and your classmates to figure out what or who is pulling everyone's strings.
Befriend the Enemy -- Contact enemy demons to gain items, tarot cards, and vital information only they have. Negotiate carefully: every demon reacts to certain approaches differently!
Full Team Control -- Your entire squad is yours to command! Summon new Personas for all five members of the party and manage their equipment and items to give your team the best chance for victory.

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