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Persona 4 Will Not Be Enhanced

If you're buying Persona 4, know that you won't be dropping more money on an upgraded version down the road.

Apparently this game requires a Pentium 4 to run.
Atlus issued a press release this morning aimed at silencing the fears of the Persona loving people of this world. You can rest easy now, safe in the knowledge that Atlus isn't planning on releasing Persona 4 this December and immediately beginning work on an updated, enhanced version of the game to get you for more money down the road. This is, essentially, how Persona 3 went down, with the release of Persona 3 FES.

The PS2 RPG will release on December 9 and will ship with a partial soundtrack disc. For people wanting to engage in all types of retail offers, pre-ordering customers will get a 100-page art book. Additionally, an Amazon-exclusive package called the "Persona 4 Social Link Expansion Pack" will expand your social links via a plushie, a calendar, the rest of the soundtrack, and more.

As someone who severed his ties to the world of console role-playing games sometime after Beyond the Beyond was released, I tend to glaze over and think about female cage fighting whenever anyone tries to tell me anything about an upcoming RPG. But for whatever reason, the Persona series still calls out to me... even though I haven't played one since the original. I can't explain it. Perhaps I'll finally make time for an RPG and play Persona 4 next month.
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Posted by Jeff
Apparently this game requires a Pentium 4 to run.
Atlus issued a press release this morning aimed at silencing the fears of the Persona loving people of this world. You can rest easy now, safe in the knowledge that Atlus isn't planning on releasing Persona 4 this December and immediately beginning work on an updated, enhanced version of the game to get you for more money down the road. This is, essentially, how Persona 3 went down, with the release of Persona 3 FES.

The PS2 RPG will release on December 9 and will ship with a partial soundtrack disc. For people wanting to engage in all types of retail offers, pre-ordering customers will get a 100-page art book. Additionally, an Amazon-exclusive package called the "Persona 4 Social Link Expansion Pack" will expand your social links via a plushie, a calendar, the rest of the soundtrack, and more.

As someone who severed his ties to the world of console role-playing games sometime after Beyond the Beyond was released, I tend to glaze over and think about female cage fighting whenever anyone tries to tell me anything about an upcoming RPG. But for whatever reason, the Persona series still calls out to me... even though I haven't played one since the original. I can't explain it. Perhaps I'll finally make time for an RPG and play Persona 4 next month.
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Posted by unangbangkay

That's good. FES was a refinement of the mechanics of Persona 3, and since Persona 4 isn't any radical change from those same systems, there's no real reason to release a FES version of that, unless there's some kind of second campaign that answers the open questions.

Also, DO IT JEFF. RETURN TO THE FOLD. Start with P3 FES, it's the best example of the subgenre in recent years.

Posted by chililili

Yes we need an RPG guy in giant bomb staff!

Posted by DukeTogo

Brad is already the JRPG fag of the bunch.

Posted by PLWolf

Yes, Jeff, you should. But, like the others have said, start with Persona 3: FES. Nothing more fun than watching a character summon a Persona by blowin his/her brains out. lol

Posted by ComradeCrash

Yeah Jeff, Persona 3 is fun! Just ask Vinny.  He played it.

Posted by LordAndrew

I have the game and the Social Link expansion pre-ordered. Good to know I won't be missing out on anything. :)

Posted by LordAndrew

Go play Persona 3, Jeff. I hear you can shoot yourself in the head.

Posted by aurahack

Persona 3 = Best RPG of last year.

I'm pretty much awaiting the same thing this year. Granted, this time it has like... actual competition, what with Fallout 3 and all... 

Posted by zitosilva

This is good. I still plan on buying Persona 3 FES somewhere down the road, but not right now. I'm glad they won't do the same to this one.

And Jeff, if you feel like geting into JRPGs again you can't go wrong with  Persona 3. There are ocasional weird things like "hey, you got a 10 in the test! Now all the girls like you", you know, just like in real life. But it's a really good well made game.

Posted by Media_Master

never got into these types of games....too unrealistic

Posted by zoozilla

A Persona 4 Social Link Expansion Pack!?

Finally, an expansion pack for life.

Posted by Manachild

i agree with unangbangkay,  

persona games are definatly the best jrpg's to come out in a long time imo.
Posted by DJ_Lae

Persona 3 is well worth playing, Jeff. Just keep in mind it's kind of clunky and some of the music (mostly the school music) will drive you insane.

Also, hope you like random dungeons. Really like.

Posted by dagas

EU release in 2010? =P Considering Persona 3 FES was released about a month ago.

I want to play Persona 3, but I'm still playing DDS1 (have DDS2 unopened) and there are so many games coming out on the current generation of consoles that I never have time  to go back to last gen to play those games.

Posted by asian_pride
Posted by ryanwho

Maybe they'll just do a direct sequel instead (like with Persona 2) but I have a hard time believing they'll leave it alone completely.

Posted by Coldbrand

While I don't like Persona, I can say it beats the hell out of Giant Bomb being all shooters all the time.

Posted by ZeroCast

After seeing the Persona 4 trailer , i really can't see how this game will differ from Persona 3, it looked pretty much the same to me as far as gameplay is concerned, I'm having some doubts that P4 might turn out to be P3 with just a cover change.

Posted by Clint

After reading the caption, I kept accidentally reading "Persona" as "Pentium" for the rest of the article.  Damn you, Jeff!

Posted by keyhunter

I liked the sweet totally stolen lyrics rap music in the lobby of Persona 3.

Posted by Destroyeron

Uh what is it?

Posted by Kyle

I'll buy it anyways ._. and I'll get the fancy amazon pack. I'm Persona's bitch.

Posted by MackGyver

I bought Persona 3: FES awhile back. Haven't beaten it yet but I'm planning to. I really like that game and I expect a better experience from this one.

Posted by JackSukeru

Persona 3 is currently in my stack of "not even opened" games, which thankfully at the moment only consists of it and Dead Space. I have all intents on playing it someday, but RPG's take a lot of time and I've got 3 others laying around that I'll need to finish as well. Someday...

Posted by NickM

"  Perhaps I'll finally make time for an RPG and play Persona 4 next month." 
 
Yep, maybe.

Posted by HaltIamReptar

SO MUCH FOR THAT HUH ATLUS

Posted by ReCkLeSs_X

WHAT