Heads up, RPG fans; we've got great news: if you never played the original Persona all those years ago on the PlayStation, you will soon have your chance.
And there's more: yesterday, Atlus U.S.A. announced that Shin Megami Tensei: Persona will launch simultaneously at retail stores and via the PlayStation Network on September 22. If you wish to take the trip down to the store, you may as well place your pre-order now; doing so nets you the Collector's Edition boxed set, which includes the full 2-disc musical store from master composer Shoji Meguro. The extra cost for this Collector's edition? Nothing. Nada. It'll still cost you $39.99 and by the way, that's the same price tag affixed to the downloadable version on the PSN. Which will you pick up? Said Tim Pivnicny, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Atlus:
"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. When the PSP®go 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. This tremendous value is exclusive to the retail version of the game, and only available for a limited time at launch."
Remember, if you want that sweet soundtrack, you'll need to buy the physical boxed set at the store. But if that doesn't really interest you and you just don't feel like going out (which we can understand), than it's good to know Persona will be on the PSN, too. You can expect more titles to have such simultaneous launches in the future; that's for sure.
Related Game(s): Shin Megami Tensei: Persona