Well, the rumors are true. After an agonizing, week-long countdown on their site (not to mention voice actors spilling the beans early), Atlus has finally shared the big news: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3: FES is coming stateside on April 22.
P3:FES is quite a package -- not only does it include a ton of extra content for the original game (23 new personas, new social links, new weapons, and about 30 more hours of storyline), but also what could be considered a direct sequel, titled Episode Aegis. I can't say I know a lot about Episode Aegis, but it seems to feature Aegis as the main character (duh), and continues after the events of the original, culimating in the "true" ending.
In Japan, FES was released as an add-on disc (which required a save file from the original), but Atlus is shying away from that route for the U.S. release: "We will be releasing the stand-alone version of FES... we didn't want you to have to own anything else to enjoy the experience," says an Atlus fanclub e-mail containing the announcement. At a $29.99 price point, FES sounds like a great deal, as original copies of Persona 3 can get quite pricey nowadays.
As someone who played and enjoyed P3, I don't know how excited I am about this. It sounds like a great deal for those of you who haven't had the joys of playing through the original (and, really, you're doing yourselves a disservice), but with Baroque on its way, I don't know that I'll have time to sink into it.
Oh, who am I kidding? I know I'll snap this up when it drops in April, if only for Episode Aegis.
Hit the gallery for some screenshots and some badass art FES artwork, and hit the jump for a new teaser and a presser.
Here's the press release: