The stars have aligned and it has happened almost exactly as people thought – all of the Persona games will be on the PlayStation Store by tomorrow night. Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, the missing piece, is becoming a PSOne Classic. Those who missed out on it years ago and have been wondering what happened in the other side of Tatsuya’s story in Persona 2: Innocent Sin will know all soon.
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment is a pretty unique situation. In Japan, the game was divided into two parts, the aforementioned Innocent Sin and this. The two together told the full story. Except North America didn’t get Innocent Sin back in 2000. They only got Eternal Punishment. Fast forward to 2011. Persona 2: Innocent Sin got an updated port and was released worldwide. Due to the rarity of Eternal Punishment, however, people still left knowing only part of the story. That’s all going to be resolved now, thanks to Persona 2: Eternal Punishment‘s PlayStation Network debut and since it’s a PSOne Classic, people with PS3s, PSPs and Vitas will all be able to buy, download and enjoy this installment.
Still, as good as this news is, this isn’t the version of Persona 2: Eternal Punishment I want. Like Innocent Sin, Eternal Punishment got the PSP port treatment in May, 2012. That’s the version I think we all really need. It had new character art, new music and new scenario involving Tatsuya and “shadows.” While it’s true that a lot of companies are still bringing over PSP games, this announcement makes me think Atlus hopes the PSOne Classic will be enough for all of us.
Still, some Persona is better than none. Persona 2: Eternal Punishment will be released February 26, 2013 and cost $9.99. I hope you have a PSP or Vita, because if you want the full Persona 2 story,
Source [PlayStation Blog]