Giant Bomb News

129 Comments

Persona 3 Coming to Your PSP?

Jack Frost lives in my head and there's only one way to get him out...


Even Chie would be able to piece this mystery together...
I'll tell you straight out that I feel bad for Brad and Ryan, I really do. Between me running around the office screaming "BLACK FROST HO!" and Jeff going insane running his own private Persona 4 investigation, Atlus has penetrated our offices pretty deeply. With our 45-minute Quick Look of the upcoming Persona PSP release behind us, I think the rest of the boys were hoping to get a little Bufu respite, but alas, Atlus has to go and keep fanning those flames with some pretty strong evidence of a Persona 3 PSP release surfacing out of Japan. 
 
This week's Famitsu is reporting that Persona 3 Portable will hit Japanese store shelves and Japan's PSN on November 1st, the same day as Japan's launch of the PSPgo. While I don't see any mention of when this will be available outside of Japan, there's really no reason to think Atlus wouldn't bring this over at some point. Personally, Persona 3 is where I got my first taste of the series, so it holds a special place in my heart and even though Jeff and I have spent over 80 hours during our Persona 4 Endurance Run, I'm still ready to head back and finish what I started in P3.  

It's an Evoker, ok?
It also seems like Atlus is adding some extra content on top of 2008's Persona 3 FES edition. Apparently, you'll be able to choose a lady instead of a male as your main character, which will obviously offer different interactions with the rest of the cast. Some other changes sound like they are being made to make the game mechanics a bit more comparable to Persona 4. There are also reports of visual changes to the Personas no matter what gender your main character is, but if that means I won't be popping myself in the head with an " Evoker" to summon a Jack Frost, then count me out!
 
So, while we wait for the official word from Atlus, and we all hold our breath for Persona 5, are there any old or new fans ready for some evoking on the go?
 
Thanks to user PandaShake and rest of the GB community for sending this in. Also, check out this IGN article for a few more details. Vinny Caravella on Google+
129 Comments
  • 129 results
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
Posted by Vinny

Even Chie would be able to piece this mystery together...
I'll tell you straight out that I feel bad for Brad and Ryan, I really do. Between me running around the office screaming "BLACK FROST HO!" and Jeff going insane running his own private Persona 4 investigation, Atlus has penetrated our offices pretty deeply. With our 45-minute Quick Look of the upcoming Persona PSP release behind us, I think the rest of the boys were hoping to get a little Bufu respite, but alas, Atlus has to go and keep fanning those flames with some pretty strong evidence of a Persona 3 PSP release surfacing out of Japan. 
 
This week's Famitsu is reporting that Persona 3 Portable will hit Japanese store shelves and Japan's PSN on November 1st, the same day as Japan's launch of the PSPgo. While I don't see any mention of when this will be available outside of Japan, there's really no reason to think Atlus wouldn't bring this over at some point. Personally, Persona 3 is where I got my first taste of the series, so it holds a special place in my heart and even though Jeff and I have spent over 80 hours during our Persona 4 Endurance Run, I'm still ready to head back and finish what I started in P3.  

It's an Evoker, ok?
It also seems like Atlus is adding some extra content on top of 2008's Persona 3 FES edition. Apparently, you'll be able to choose a lady instead of a male as your main character, which will obviously offer different interactions with the rest of the cast. Some other changes sound like they are being made to make the game mechanics a bit more comparable to Persona 4. There are also reports of visual changes to the Personas no matter what gender your main character is, but if that means I won't be popping myself in the head with an " Evoker" to summon a Jack Frost, then count me out!
 
So, while we wait for the official word from Atlus, and we all hold our breath for Persona 5, are there any old or new fans ready for some evoking on the go?
 
Thanks to user PandaShake and rest of the GB community for sending this in. Also, check out this IGN article for a few more details.
Staff
Edited by ch3burashka

I'm Jack Frost, ho!
 
Playing Persona 3 FES right now, and I don't see the difference a new main character makes: you never hear any dialog from them, and they have no inherent personality. I guess it's just an avatar thing for females.
 
Chie likes steak.

Posted by Everyones_A_Critic

Sounds good. I don't have a PSP though.

Edited by Dynamitekyle

Awesome! I just bought P3FES because of the endurance run, and I have to say it's amazing.

Posted by Rinkalicous

I've just today finished P3 FES. If only I knew that this psp version would be coming out sooner, I could have waited! As it stands, I can't really be bothered to play through the game again, as great as it is. Anyone who hasn't played 3 should check it out though. It's as good as 4; honestly. The characters are great.

Posted by bigall94

This seems absolultely awesome! Once you said they're adding onto FES I was happy because honestly, in my mind, the regular P3 ending is the equivalent of the very bad ending in P4.
Posted by Soap

Can't wait to evoke on the go... I've been waiting for an excuse to shout "PERSONA!!!" on the bus as loud as possible... :D

Edited by BeardedFerret

That is an absolutely hilarious sub-headline.
 
You are Jack Frost, ho.

Posted by trophyhunter

ahh so you can pick boy or girl

Posted by Coltonio7

If being a lady means I get get an S-Link with Junpei, then this game is a must for me.

Posted by Curufinwe

It means you'll be a lesbian with multiple girlfriends.

Posted by addictedtopinescent

Endurance Run I say  
BLACK FROST HO

Posted by Moztacular

cool post Vinnie. I played through persona 3 this summer after seeing how much fun persona 4 looked on the endurance run. Now i'm working my through persona 4 and keeping up with the endurance run while i go. Super cool games

Posted by sneakysnake128

The Answer will still suck.

Posted by Red

I'm actually playing P3: FES right now and am trying to finish it, but if they were to add the improvements of the series made in 4 to 3, I'm more than game for P3P

Posted by nick69

I just want persona 5 at this point

Posted by iAmJohn

I'm on my 95th hour of my P3 playthrough and I am totally stoked by the prospect of playing through the game again... AS A LAY-DEE. 
 
So Vinny, will you weigh in on the eternal debate?  Which do you prefer: Persona 3 or Persona 4?

Posted by TooWalrus

I think I like Persona 4 much better. There's only so many Japanese kids wearing weird uniforms I can take.

Posted by Ossi

I'm a sucker for Persona now, total buy for me. JACK FROST, HO!

Posted by gakon

You forgot the most important bit: controllable party members!
 
Actually, there's a decent to good chance the game will not have voice acting, at least outside of the anime cutscenes.  In which case, count me out probably.  Unless it's really cheap; FES only cost me $20 at retail.

Posted by Symphony

I'm totally psyched for this, even after having played through PS3 + FES 3 times now. Having a female lead was something I was hoping to see in P4 (which didn't happen, obviously, but maybe we'll see it in P5 or perhaps the option to choose) so this is awesome! I wonder if we'll see the same treatment for P4 in the future.. One can hope!
 
Oh and the fact you'll be able to control your other teammates in combat fixes the only glaring problem P3 had, horray!

Posted by KuwabaraTheMan

Endurance Run Persona 3 Portable?
 
I knew you'd be excited over this news. The Atlus invasion of Giant Bomb continues to gain ground.

Posted by Agent_Lost

hell yea, dating Akihiko.
 
I was sold at Persona 3 for the PSP.

Posted by Delsaber

Day-and-date purchase for me if/when it gets localized. I wasn't planning on grabbing a PSP anytime soon, but now...

Posted by gingertastic_10

.....YES

Posted by Dan_CiTi

Awesome, now I can nail Junpei and Akihiko!

Posted by lemon360

Jack Frost Ho
Posted by alsnuts2

I have never played any persona game and I have always heard P3 was great. So this is a day-1 buy for me... I have been looking for a reason to pull my PSP out from under my dining table leg... Wobbly breakfast be damned! 
 
Oh and enthusiasm is due 100% to the P4 Endurance Run.

Edited by eroticfishcake

Oh man. I'm gonna play as a girl and go out with all the guys. ALL OF THEM!!!
 
Speaking of which, wonder if your dates will get angry if they see you going out with someone else like in the original. Probably will have that friends/girlfriend mechanic in P4 I guess.

Posted by coffeesash

Don't check IGN for a few more details, check here at Giant Bomb where I've spent a long time writing up the P3P page before IGN even reported it xD

Posted by CannibalFerox

I love all of the Persona games. It bums me out a little that Atlus won't (or, at least haven't announced) remake Persona 2: Innocent Sin and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment. I have the latter, so I won't get too depressed.  
 
BTW: I just finished Persona 4 on Sunday. You guys are going to love it.

Posted by DrainDeimo

Now if I've never played a Persona game, is there a story linking all of them or can I start on any I want?
Posted by ashogo

well, well...playing as a girl will be quite a major change to the story, indeed. For starters, how will they handle the romantic s. links? Also, the relationship between Aigis and the MC might change quite a bit...especially the ending. I don't see how they could keep the same level of emotion for the ending if they mess with that relationship too much. Interesting.

Posted by Delsaber

What I'm wondering now is whether or not P3P will include everything FES added, including The Answer scenario. If so, we may all die of old age before completing this game.

Posted by Dizzyhippos
@DrainDeimo:  nope its just like final fantasy all of the stories are different execpt for persona 2 that had 2 different games for it
Posted by Hailinel
@CH3BURASHKA: Many of the events and interactions that occur in Persona 3 designed around the fact that the main character is a male.  If the main character were female, events like the beach scene during summer break and the bathhouse would have to be completely redone because it's unlikely that the character would be with the boys in those cases.  Also, the romantic social links are all geared toward male/female relationships, so unless Atlus wants all of those links to suddenly become lesbian-oriented, chances are that the social links will be redone to offer male romantic options.  (Social Links with Junpei or Akihiko, anyone?)
 
So while the basic story and premise will remain the same on the surface, the character interaction will be vastly different.  I'm looking forward to playing it to see what all of the differences are.
Online
Posted by ChrisTaran

Damnit, I already played Persona 3 twice!  
Oh well, what's another 2 times? 
 
Bring it on!

Posted by Zeik
@Delsaber said:
" What I'm wondering now is whether or not P3P will include everything FES added, including The Answer scenario. If so, we may all die of old age before completing this game. "
According to RPGFan it won't, but I'm a bit skeptical about that, since the events of The Answer are considered canon, it seems odd that they wouldn't include it. But who knows.
Posted by Eirikr

The events of the Answer should be considered cannon -- that is, blown up, blown away, ejected. Its presence will not be missed.

Posted by spoa

Without any extra content, this game will be at least 125+ hours for a playthrough of The Journey and The Answer.

Posted by Zeik
@Eirikr:  I enjoyed The Answer. It wasn't as good as the main game, since it was just dungeon crawling, but at the same time it was a nice change of pace from the main game. The bosses were also quite challenging and fun. The story bits were hit or miss, but I have to say I like the ending to The Answer better than the normal ending.
Posted by JJWeatherman

Uh-may-zing. 
 
Nuff said

Online
Posted by ToxicFruit

Hell yeah ! I just finished p3 fes but i would not think twice of going back ! bring it on :P

Posted by megalowho

damn straight i'm ready to evoke on the go. er.. play persona 3 on my psp.

Posted by ryanwho

Apparently when Atlus whores out they get a free pass.

Posted by Scratch

I really do hope Persona 5 comes out on the PS3. If and when it does come out that is.

Posted by Mistral

Atlus is conspiriing to make me buy a PSP, aren't they? Not that I really need to buy P3 again, although if the PSP version includes interface enhancements such as the "press a button for a menu that lets you teleport everywhere instead of spending 5 minutes walking from one end of the school to the other every afternoon" and "equip everyone from the triangle menu instead of having to talk to them individually" features...
Posted by Vorbis

Like ive said before, dating Junpei is a nono!
 
Would convince me to get a new PSP for sure.

Posted by LordAndrew

The new changes do sound pretty badass. I want to go back to Persona 3 again.

Posted by LordAndrew
@Coltonio7 said:
" If being a lady means I get get an S-Link with Junpei, then this game is a must for me. "
Oh yeah! I had forgotten that Persona 3 didn't have Social Links for the male party members. It would be pretty sweet if Persona 3 Portable added them, but all the Arcanas are already used. Not sure what's going to happen with that.
  • 129 results
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3