Anyone planning to purchase Atlus's Persona 4 early next month now have a chance to learn a little history about the series. Atlus announced today that it has decided to reprint Persona 2: Eternal Punishment for the PlayStation, and sell it exclusively through Amazon.com. Quantities of the reprint are described as very limited. This version of Persona 2: Eternal Punishment is identical to the original which was released in North America on November 20, 2000, and it also comes with the bonus disc, on which there is an anime trailer and an interview with the Persona 2: Eternal Punishment creators.
This may be the best chance that most RPGamers will have to experience this classic PlayStation RPG, which has become rare and somewhat expensive. Persona 2: Eternal Punishment is the second game in the series released in North America, which began with Revelations: Persona, also for the PlayStation. The Persona games are a spin-off of Atlus's Megami Tensei series which began on the NES.
The story in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment follows Maya, a magazine editor who becomes involved with a series of mysterious murders. Players equip personas, just as in the more recent Persona games, which improve their characters' abilities. The game uses random battles, but players can also negotiate with demons for special bonuses. Tied into the storyline is a rumor system; when players spread a rumor to enough people it can become true.
The Persona 2: Eternal Punishment reprint is selling for $39.99. The newest game in the series, Persona 4, will be released for the PlayStaton 2 on December 9, 2008, and also retail for $39.99.