Persona 4 Golden officially out in America

Will this be the game that......  oh you know the rest. After the modest success of Assassin's Creed Liberation and Need for Speed on the Vita, will it take a remake of a PS2 game to really lift its fortunes. The game has a metacritic score of 94 and plenty of mega reviews. Here's Atlus' official press release, leaving us Europeans in the lurch until February with an import quandary.

ATLUS, today announced the North American release of Persona 4 Golden, exclusively for the PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) handheld entertainment system, available in retail stores as well as for digital download on PlayStation®Network.

A remastered version of the award-winning RPG Shin Megami Tensei®: Persona®4 that earned a Metacritic score of 90, Persona 4 Golden for PS Vita system drops a host of features and content including new personas, added player areas and events, a wider variety of difficulty level options, and more cutscenes and character dialogue.

Persona 4 Golden has been lauded by media since its first showcase at E3 2012. Currently the highest-rated PS Vita system title on Metacritic (94 score), top gaming outlets are heaping praise, with Game Informer saying the game is "one of the best RPGs to date." Additionally, has stated "if you don't have a Vita yet, this is probably the best reason yet to get one" while says "Persona 4 Golden is one of the best games I have ever played in my life."

"We're thrilled to bring the biggest handheld game launch in the history of ATLUS to PS Vita," said Tim Pivnicny, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, ATLUS. "Persona 4 Golden's elements of adventure, combat, and storyline evoked such a strong calling with fans that the 10K limited run of the Solid Gold Premium Edition sold out almost immediately after announcement. This is a must have PS Vita title for all RPG fans this holiday."

In the small town of Inaba, a high school student has been sent to live with his uncle when his parents go away on extended business. Soon after arriving, people begin to turn up dead under mysterious circumstances, and at the center of it all is a strange fog and the bizarre "Midnight Channel" that appears on blank TVs on rainy nights. The kids in town soon discover that they have the ability to enter a dark, twisted world inside the TV, and they may be the small town's only hope of solving the mystery.

Persona 4 Golden is rated "M" for Mature by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). Persona 4 Golden is available exclusively for PS Vita at MSRP $39.99 ($69.99 for the Premium Edition). For more information, visit