Announcement and release rumoured for Saturday.
Persona 4 Golden, the expanded edition of Atlus’ classic PlayStation 2 role-playing game, will be launching on Steam this weekend, according to an increasing number of reports.
Persona 4 originally released in 2008 and was an instant classic, refining the series’ dual-focussed formula – one part JRPG dungeon-crawler, one part school-life sim – into a dazzling, unforgettable whole. For this (technically fifth) instalment in the series, the action shifted to a quiet, rural Japanese town, where, according to rumour, townsfolk would die if they watched a strange television channel on rainy nights.
There was plenty of enjoyment to be had in Persona 4’s randomly-generated dungeons as players eventually found themselves on the other side of that mysterious TV screen, but it was the sim-like daily activities – classes, clubs part-time jobs – that really made the game shine, their low-key daylight thrills grounding the more fanciful nighttime endeavours, and helping form a real emotional bond with the engaging cast of characters.
Persona 4 received a much-expanded release on PlayStation Vita in 2012 – introducing new story content, a new dungeon, plus numerous other additions and enhancements – and it’s this version, known as Persona 4 Golden, that’s now reportedly heading to PC this weekend.
A sudden flurry of activity relating to a PC release began earlier today with the discovery of a SteamDB listing for Persona 4 Golden, complete with accompanying imagery. Well-connected industry analyst Daniel Ahmad stepped in to claim the game would be announced and released at the same time, while the reliable Wario64 wrote “It’s real”, citing “multiple confirms”.
That was followed by the discovery of a Denuvo support page for Persona 4 Golden, and a Gematsu report from its own sources claiming the title will launch this Saturday, 13th June – with an announcement due during the PC Gaming Show 2020 followed by an immediate release.
So while none of this is official as yet, the evidence is certainly mounting, and Saturday might finally be the day that PC players get to experience one of the finest JRPGs ever made.