July 13, 2024

It seems that Persona 3 Reload, a remake of the unique sport launched earlier this yr, will probably be getting its much-requested DLC “The Reply” in spite of everything. As a part of at present’s Xbox Companion Preview, Atlus introduced that the DLC, referred to as “Episode Aigis,” is releasing in September as a part of Persona 3 Reload’s enlargement go, which, to be utterly sincere, is basically annoying.

Persona 3 has the unlucky distinction within the collection of getting a confounding variety of completely different variations, all with solely distinctive content material. Persona 3 first launched in 2006 for the PS2 and ultimately obtained a PSP port referred to as Persona 3 Transportable, which reworked many of the sport’s overworld into static screens not not like a visible novel and featured the power to play the primary character as a feminine. Persona 3 additionally obtained an enlargement down the road referred to as “The Reply,” which added an epilogue to the occasions of the sport. “The Reply,” or “Episode Aigis” because it was recognized in Japan, got here bundled in a re-release of the sport referred to as Persona 3 FES in 2007.

Many followers hoped that an eventual remake of the sport wouldn’t solely look higher however would characteristic the entire content material launched for Persona 3’s many ports and releases in a single useful place. Persona 3 Reload is form of undertaking that in probably the most backwards and grasping method attainable.

When Persona 3 Reload was introduced at Summer time Video games Fest final yr, people have been disillusioned on the noticeable exclusion of Transportable’s feminine protagonist and the epilogue from FES. They have been so upset that when Reload got here out, modders instantly took it upon themselves to “repair” the sport by including a few of these options again. The builders repeatedly said that their intention from the beginning was to remake the unique title quite than the next releases with further content material. Which we now know isn’t true, since “The Reply” is now being launched on the tail-end of an enlargement go that Atlus expects gamers to purchase into.

Atlus has by no means been notably nice about expansions and DLCs, however this egregious transfer is likely to be its worst but. Persona 4 was resold at full worth as Persona 4 Golden—which additionally featured a brand-new epilogue—in 2012 on the PS Vita earlier than ultimately making its technique to trendy consoles and PC at a a lot decrease price in the previous few years. Persona 5 Royal was additionally launched a lot of years after the unique sport, as soon as once more at full worth, and with no pathway for gamers who owned the unique Persona 5 to improve their sport and spare some bucks on a full new retail sport. Persona 3 Reload ought to have featured “The Reply” to start with, particularly if it was all the time going to be a part of the sport, making Atlus’s transfer to promote an almost 20-year previous enlargement an abjectly gross one.

The enlargement go in query prices $34.99 (alternatively, Xbox Sport Go Final members get it free of charge) and can take the sport via the tip of 2024, however “The Reply” is the one significant story content material coming to Persona 3 Reload as a part of its third wave of DLC. The primary wave, releasing in a number of days on March 12, has two background music units—one for Persona 4 Golden and one other for Persona 5 Royal. The second wave releasing in Might can have costumes themed after the residents of the Velvet Room and one other background music set impressed by the setting.

Suffice to say, Atlus is coming via on their promise, however within the shittiest manner they probably may.