Twelve years after the game initially released for the PS1 in Japan, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 2: Innocent Sin, the last entry in the Persona series without a Western release, is finally releasing in North America for the PSP this fall.

Atlus is remastering the game to take advantage of the PSP's "16:9 aspect ratio, higher resolution display, superior audio, and increased horsepower", and is adding a new interface, new sidequests in the Climax theater, and an optional remixed soundtrack.

HG101 has a thorough review for the original Persona 2: Innocent Sin (and its counterpart Eternal Punishment), but here's a brief description provided by Atlus for those with shorter attention spans:

"While the original Persona still exhibited many foundational ties to the core SMT series, Persona 2: Innocent Sin marked the point at which the beloved RPG series found its identity.

While retaining core series mechanics like demon negotiation and party-building, Innocent Sin was ultimately defined by its far greater emphasis on character and story over surviving long dungeons, eschewing the tradition of first-person dungeon crawling in favor of a third-person view of the ever-escalating insanity.

The story unfolds through lovingly crafted sprite animations and dialogue portraits, which were current series artist Shigenori Soejima's first contribution to the Persona games, but it's the characters who shine most, from the memorable villains to the fully fleshed-out main cast to the vast array of people they meet along the way."

Can't wait to see what preorder bonuses/limited edition sets Atlus has in store for this!