The Dark Hour Spreads Across North America; Persona 3 FES Now Shipping
IRVINE, California - APRIL 22, 2008 - Atlus U.S.A., Inc. today announced that Persona 3 FES for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the highly anticipated definitive cut of 2007's RPG of the Year, is now shipping to retailers across North America. This is fantastic news for gamers as it means they'll have something to play during the otherwise boring and uneventful week of April 29th.

Persona 3 FES has released to stunning acclaim. EGM gives it their Gold Award, scoring the game three A's and exclaiming, "FES' arrival -- at a budget price -- is the best thing to happen to role-playing games this year." Play Magazine deals FES perfect marks, 10 out of 10, and says, "Persona 3 FES is one of the best RPGs the PS2 has ever received, and one of the console's proudest moments period." IGN grants their coveted Editor's Choice Award, writing, "The fact that you're getting both the original and its virtual sequel for thirty dollars is a steal that no PS2 RPG fan should be without, and you're not likely to see such an excellent collection on the system again."

With two games on one disc -- a brand new chapter featuring 30+ hours of gameplay and an enhanced version of the original game loaded with new content and features -- Persona 3 FES is the comprehensive version of one of the most acclaimed RPGs of 2007. Persona 3 FES has an MSRP of $29.99.

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About Persona 3: FES
Lead a group of high school students with a dangerous extracurricular activity: exploring the mysterious tower Tartarus and fighting the sinister Shadows during the Dark Hour, a frozen span of time imperceptible to all but a select few. However, the end of their quest is no longer the end of the story -- witness for the first time the aftermath of the final battle and the students' struggle to find meaning in their new lives.

Key Features:
- Acclaimed by critics and fans - Experience the definitive cut of 2007's award-winning Persona 3, which garnered tons of critical acclaim and the adulation of a devoted fanbase.
- More than just an expansion - Persona 3 FES contains an enhanced version of the original game, loaded with new Personas and cutscenes, a weapon synthesis system, additional quests and events, a hard difficulty mode, and the ability to change your characters' clothes.
- 30 additional hours of gameplay - Take the role of Aigis in a brand new Persona 3 episode that plays as a full game with an original story, extra cutscenes and objectives, and seventeen new music tracks.
- Incredible value - The enhanced version of the acclaimed Persona 3 game and the brand new episode make for 120-plus hours of gameplay, packaged together at a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Persona 3 FES is a stand-alone product and does not require the original Persona 3 to play. However, players with save files from the original game will be able to transfer some of their saved data, such as their Persona compendium, to be used in the enhanced main story. The new story is accessible from the start and does not require players to finish the original game beforehand.

Persona 3 FES has been rated M for Mature with Blood, Language, Partial Nudity, Suggestive Themes, and Violence by the ESRB.

About Atlus U.S.A., Inc.
Located in Irvine, California and founded in 1991, Atlus U.S.A., Inc. is renowned for its proud tradition of publishing exceptional role-playing games with strong niche appeal. The Atlus library of critically acclaimed video games includes Odin Sphere, Trauma Center series, and the award-winning Shin Megami Tensei series. For more information, visit

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