Following the 2011 PSP remake of Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Atlus is preparing similar treatment for that game's pseudo-sequel. We've got a trailer to prove it.
Rejoice completionists! Those of you holding off on buying the excellent PSP remake of Persona 2: Innocent Sin until you can be guaranteed that the other half of Atlus' classic high-school-drama-meets-demonic-forces roleplaying game can finally crack open your wallets sans guilt. Well, sort of.
See, this debut trailer is proof that Persona 2: Eternal Punishment will see new life on the PSP (and likely a host of improvements over its original PlayStation iteration), however it doesn't exactly guarantee that the game will ever hit shelves in America. Which would be a solid example of the depressing sort of irony, given that Innocent Sin never hit American PlayStations, while Eternal Punishment did.
So far Atlus is remaining mum on the issue, but there are two conflicting issues at play here. Sony's PSP hasn't exactly set the sales charts on fire outside of Japan, and with the company's marketing budget focused almost exclusively on the Vita, an American PSP release of Eternal Punishment would be for a handheld that is mostly dead. On the other hand, with the Vita's anemic software selection, and many owners using the gaming device to bone up on downloadable PSP titles, Atlus might be convinced to port the game regardless.
Plus, Atlus is the market leader in launching niche games aimed specifically at a hardcore, JRPG-loving fanbase.
Bottom line: Until we hear some solid confirmation one way or the other, you all would do well to keep your fingers crossed for an English-language version of this game. If, for no other reason than I really, really want one, and I'm a real jerk when I don't get my way.