|Shin Megami Tensei: Persona|
April 29, 2009
September 22, 2009
August 11, 2010
- "Once, I dreamt I was a butterfly. I forgot myself and knew only my happiness as a butterfly. Soon, I awoke, and I was myself again. Did I dream that I was a butterfly? Or do I now dream that I am a man? Yet there is a distinction between myself and the butterfly. This is the transformation of the physical."
- —Zhuangzi, Persona Opening Scene
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona, known as Persona in Japan, is the remake of the first title in the Persona series, Megami Ibunroku Persona, for the PSP. It retains the plot settings of the original Japanese version as well as a more accurate translation.
The remake of Persona was announced in Japan in 2009, as well as the fact that Shoji Meguro was to be the director of the remake. He was also one of the composers of the music, alongside Hidehito Aoki, Misaki Okibe and Kenichi Tsuchiya. Persona was now branded without the "Megami Ibunroku" title in Japan, and as for North America, the title "Revelations" was dropped and replaced with Shin Megami Tensei.
Changes to the title includes a new opening movie with a new opening song "Dream of Butterfly", sung by Yumi Kawamura, the vocalist for Persona 3. There are also fully animated FMV cutscenes with no voices, in which for the North American release, these scenes are fully dubbed. The UI interface has also been enhanced, taking full advantage of the 16:9 aspect ratio of the console.
The North American localization retains all the Japanese plot settings, as well all character and Persona names, ignoring the past Americanized localization altogether excluding the single line "Mark danced crazy!". This also means that the Snow Queen Quest is included in the English release. Both the Japanese and North American releases include the two-disc Persona Original Soundtrack, featuring new music as well as certain remakes of the original tracks.