Atlus's newest game announcement, a Persona 2: Innocent Sin remake for the PlayStation Portable, was revealed via the usual Weekly Famitsu leak a couple days ago. Today, Famitsu's website updates with the game's first screenshots, and a whole new opening video animated by Satelight of Genesis of Aquarion and Macross Frontier fame, with the opening theme unbreakable tie by Asami Izawa and Lotus Juice.
Like Atlus's remake of Revelations: Persona, the PSP version of the never-released-in-North-America Persona 2: Innocent Sin will feature improved controls and user interface. There will be redone character designs and portraits by Shigenori Soejima, based off of Kazuma Kaneko's original designs. Game difficulty can be changed on the fly, with the game also being rebalanced to become more user friendly.
Persona 2: Innocent Sin stars high school student Tatsuya Suou as he and fellow students Lisa Silverman and Eikichi Mishina encounter the Joker, a jester that grants wishes to those who summon him by dialing their own cell phone number. However, those who do not say their wish, either because they do not have one or they refuse to tell, are reduced to shells of the former selves. In the trio's encounter with the Joker, the jester reveals that the trio had done something horrible to him in the past, and is enraged when Suou and company do not recognize him, setting the stage for Innocent Sin as the three students begin to investigate Joker.
Innocent Sin, the first of the two Persona 2 games, is due for a Winter release in Japan. We expect that Atlus USA will follow up with a localization announcement, with Shin Megami Tensei: Persona and Persona 3 Portable already stateside. A PSP remake of the second Persona 2 title, Persona 2: Eternal Punishment has not been announced, but is considered a possibility.