Persona 2: Innocent Sin Might be Released on Sept 2011
May 31, 2011 at 8:27 pm by rosenqueen
Originally released in 1999 for the PSX in Japan, Persona 2: Innocent Sin was the ‘sister’ game to Persona 2: Eternal Punishment. These two games were mirror images of each other, reflecting different sides of the story. Which is pretty story accurate, since Persona 2’s story happened in parallel universes with different set of events happening in each universe. Innocent Sin precedes Eternal Punishment though, since the events in Innocent Sin gave birth to what would be Eternal Punishment. However, you can play each game solo since it manages to answer questions about the other side/game pretty well. But if you want to fully understand and make the most of Persona 2, it is best to play both games.
Notice the ‘Sin and Punishment’ titles? It’s an indirect reference to the Russian novel of Dostoevsky entitled ‘Crime and Punishment’. In Japanese, the titles are Tsumi (Innocent Sin) which can be translated to either Crime or Sin with Batsu (Eternal Punishment), yes, you guessed it… Punishment.
Not a screenie from Innocent Sin! But a fan patched (English translation) screencap of P2: Innocent Sin with Hitler. Forgot the field color uniform but yes, WW2 soldiers used green back then. It’s accurate—sorta.
Sadly, only Eternal Punishment was translated. Innocent Sin had been tagged too controversial for two reasons: suggestion of homosexual relations/more than friends relations of Tatsuya Suou with one of his friends, Jun Kurosu and that one of the final bosses at the near end of the game was none other than Adolf Hitler himself. I suppose back in 1999, these two key elements in the game were pretty… tricky still with the video gaming audience then. But seeing that they’ve chosen to finally release Innocent Sin overseas means that perhaps the gaming populace is mature enough to handle it? Maybe. Or they’ve realized the marketing potential of Persona as a franchise?
Whatever be the case, we should be receiving our copies in September.
Why September? Atlus has a habit of having four month gaps between the Japanese release and it’s foreign release dates. Japan has already received it’s PSP version of this game last April 14, 2011. Do the math and we should be getting it in September approximately. And if you do a shopping search for places that are taking preorders of the game, they are mostly listing it for September 20-22, 2011.
Persona 2 laid down the foundations of the colossal success that lead to the more recent Persona games. Actually, when you say Persona, people don’t remember about the mirror worlds of Persona 2 anymore. Heck, they haven’t even played P1 and P2 at all! Most if not all, will recall Persona as they remember from Persona 3 and 4. So if you call yourself a Persona fan, pick this up when you have the time. And for the diehard fans of Persona 2, the long wait is finally over. We have Innocent Sin to complete the story of Persona 2 at long last. Besides, I miss the more traditional designs of the Personas. The newer ones look too…cyberpunk for me. I miss the bizarreness of the older designs.