RPG fans can still get their fix easily enough on the PSP, and North American gamers will get a shot at yet another quality handheld experience.
Today, Atlus has announced that Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin will be delivered to North America this fall. This is the one title in the series that hasn't yet made it to the US, so there should be plenty of satisfied US followers.
In the game, "an unlikely team of citizens must discover and harness a hidden power dormant within each of them," and they must unearth the reason for a dangerous phenomenon. Believe it or not, the official localization of this game is 12 years in the making ( Persona 2 came out on the PlayStation in 1999), and it'll take advantage of the PSP's 16:9 aspect ratio, higher resolution, better audio, and increased power. Therefore, this remastered version of Innocent Sin should turn out great.
Here's more from the press release:
"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."
Hey, I'm still playing the Final Fantasy IV: Complete Collection on the PSP. If we want our traditional RPGs, where else can we turn these days?
Related Game(s): Persona 2: Innocent Sin