We have reported yesterday that an ESRB rating has revealed that the PlayStation JRPG hit Persona 4 could be coming to the PlayStation Network. The game was likely to appear as a PS2 classic and playable on the PS3. Today Atlus has revealed that Persona 4 will indeed be coming to the PlayStation 3 as a PS2 classic, and they also revealed the release date. The game will be available to download from the PSN store on April 8, just a few days before main events of the game.
Persona 4 first released on the PlayStation 2 in 2008, part of the Persona series in Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei franchise. The game received critical acclaim and strong sales. Since then, the game has spawned many adaptations and merchandises. To date, there are three manga adaptations, a light novel adaptation, and oddly enough a live stage production. An anime adaptation for the game, titled Persona 4: The Animation aired in late 2011 and garnered lots of attention. Persona 4 Golden, an enhanced port of the original game released last year on the PlayStation Vita and included a few new features and story elements, including a new secret ending. Persona 4 Arena also released two years ago with Arc System Works, who develop the Blazblue and Guilty Gear series. Last year Atlus has announced three new games in the Persona series: Persona 4: Dancing All Night for the Vita, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth for the Nintendo 3DS and Persona 5 for the PlayStation 3.
Persona 4 will be available for download from the PSN store for the PlayStation 3. Atlus has not specified the price so far, or if the game will be out on the European PSN store. If its any indication from the digital version of Persona 3: FES, the game is likely to cost between $10-$15 and will reach Europe 1 years after.