Persona PSP Set for Simultaneous Launch on UMD and PSN

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In what is hopefully an indicator of how most, if not all, PSP titles will be released moving forward, Atlus has confirmed that on September 22nd SMT: Persona will be launching digitally via the PSN store simultaneously with the UMD retail version we’ve already known about. The PSP go doesn’t come out until October, but with the launches fairly close together this clearly seems to be a move on Atlus’ part to be one of the first publishers to please current PSP owners and early adopters of Sony’s digital-download-only device. Atlus always aims to please, after all.

There is one small caveat to this plan, though. When the game launches, the PSN version will carry the exact same $40 price as the UMD version. A UMD, might I remind you, that comes in a Collector’s Edition box set containing a 2-CD soundtrack.

Don’t know about you, but to me $40 seems a tad pricey for the PSN version — if you won’t get the collectible packaging and soundtrack it doesn’t seem fair to pay the same price. When NIS made Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! a PSN-only release the original $30 retail price was cut down to $20, and I would’ve expected something similar here (and in other future releases). If PSN versions are going to sell at the same price as boxed retail copies like this I’m not sure how much of an audience the PSP go is going to attract. Of course, by the time the go launches, Persona will probably be out of stock at most stores and consumers will be stuck with having to find a used copy or settle for the PSN version.

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