Stella Deus, Persona Artist And Record Of Lodoss War Writer SRPG, Is A PS2 Classic

By Spencer . September 2, 2013 . 10:17pm

stel Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity was one of Atlus’ pre-Persona 3 titles so it didn’t get as much attention even though it had a solid team behind it. Shigenori Soejima, best known for the Persona series, created the game’s artwork, the  developers worked on the PsOne RPG Hoshigami, and Record of Lodoss War creator wrote the game’s story.


Stella Deus is set in Solumn, a land on the verge of destruction from a poisonous mist called the Miasma. and leaders had different ideas on how to handle the end of the world. The Aeque Church that believes mankind should accept their gradual destruction. An alchemist wants to build inventions that are powered by spirits in hope of stopping the Miasma and a warlord named Dingus that believes in might makes right arrives at the heroes village.


Originally released for PS2, Stella Deus: The Gate of Eternity will be re-released a PS2 Classic for PS3 this week.

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  • Grape Monet

    I honestly didn’t know until now that this game was released in English. I really need to pay better attention to these things.

  • Skye Johnson

    Wow. An Atlus RPG I’ve never heard of. Might check it out later if I get a PS3.

    • Rohan Viajar

      agreed. but in my situation. it’s more like “until I can fix my ps3 :(“

  • Warboss Aohd

    i knew of it’s existance, but neva played.

    might buy in a few months.

  • Frederick Anchores Panahon

    I played the hell of this game back then. Glad it’s finally coming back! Woo!

  • Wow. I might try to pick this up.

  • Zero_Destiny

    Oh gosh, wow! That’s definitely a nice pick up in my opinion.

  • Guest

    Wow, from Atlus and a tactical RPG… I wanna play it now!

  • Sardorim

    I didn’t even know this existed! Time to remedy this by buying it!

  • Ty Austin

    Pretty good SRPG. Fun fact, regulars on the Atlus forums had their usernames used in the game for some of the random enemy units. If you see odd names for the units when fighting in the Catacombs of Trials, that’s us ;)

    • Barrylocke89

      Wow, that sounds like a really cool way to keep the fandom tight, especially back in Atlus’s more niche days.

  • Cody

    tbh, Stella Deus has one of the tightest and smartest battle systems ever. Too bad the story is… blegh.

  • $61526767

    Sounds very interesting, I like the idea. Just gonna wait for that price and should be set.

    • Godmars

      Aren’t PS2 classics usually $10?

      • almostautumn

        Yep. But they also have all gone on sale pretty quickly following though. While the big stuff like GTA and like have not, the others, like Shinobi and Odin Sphere, have quickly, and repeatedly, had half-off sales.

        Might be best to wait for a bit if you’re not exhausted of anything else to play.

  • I believe my sister took my copy over ten years ago. The battle system is all right but as said before the story could have been a lot better than it was. It’s an obscure title but it’s worth a play if you’re big on SRPGs.

  • Dragard Kaos

    Sweet. I remember this game is pretty rare and expensive. I hope that Magna Carta: Tears of Blood is next for a PS2 Classics release. It’s another rare game that Atlus published.

    • DAT Bird From DAT Cage

      For a moment my heart skipped a beat…

      I thought it was Persona 5!

    • Suriel Cruz

      I need Magna Carta: Tears of Blood.


      • evilkoala

        Oh man, the graphics are gorgeous! I loved that game, but when I picked it up again to finish it, I was so lost o probably have to start over. One of these days!

      • Ali

        No…you reeealllly don’t!

        I still kick myself to this very day for even seeing that game through, it was horrendous – and I finished it! What a waste of time!

        • disgaea36

          Stop it it wasn’t that bad and there are worst games out there

          • Villainous Inc.

            Honestly, I can’t think of many. Tears of Blood was really atrocious. Beautiful art, interesting concepts, but an unforgivable execution especially where combat was concerned. The fact that you controlled one character at a time while your partners sat around taking damage was pretty awful, but the fact that the system didn’t really reward switching between characters at all made it unbearable.

    • Ty Austin

      Eh, Magna Carta wasn’t really that good of a game. The artwork was beautiful (I still have the poster that came with the CE hanging on my wall) but the rest of the game was pretty meh…

    • Razzlero

      I just wish they would translate Magna Carta: Phantom of Avalanche

      • Ty Austin

        Someone is/was trying to translate it, no telling wether they will finish it or not though… At least it’s a PC game so playing it won’t be all that difficult.

        • Zero_Destiny

          No direct linking to sites like these, just a friendly little reminder.

          • Ty Austin

            Ah, my apologies. Didn’t realize that was a violation, the site I linked to had similar policies so I thought it would be okay. My mistake.

          • Zero_Destiny

            It’s all right, we all make mistakes, but now you know. We frown upon links to download sites, as well as pirated media sites were you watch movies/etc.

    • seyEliveD

      The ending to Magna Carta was very depressing. It’s one of the few games where after so long of not playing it, the ending is still burned into my brain.

  • Suicunesol

    This thing is sitting in my TV cabinet. Belongs to my roommates. I’m sure it’s one of those cult-classic Atlas type games that was the rage back in the day, but I never bothered to pop it in the PS2. Should I have?

    • Thatguy

      Steal it! Quick!

  • wow thats unexpected, i liked stella deus still havnt finished it though and yet im so close to the end

  • evilkoala

    Will this be re-released on disc, or just a downloadable title on the PlayStation network?

  • AxionAzure

    Oh, I still have this one for the PS2. Had no idea it was considered a rare game though.

  • Ouch My Head Said Dionysus

    While beautiful, sadly I found this game to be nigh-unplayable. Anybody remember Hoshigami: Ruining Blue Earth? This is that game’s spiritual sequel.

    The story wasn’t good enough for me to see past the clunky gameplay, either.

    • Morricane

      Yeah, I remember having bought this game off of eBay sometime and never finishing it. Something was missing that urged me to keep on playing…

  • almostautumn

    Big shame that Vita doesn’t support PS2 classics: having all these classic console grinders on the Go would have really revitalized my interest in trying them out. As it is, I really just cannot get into a 100+ hour game while being tethered to the couch and tele anymore; handhelds have fully spoiled me, and playing an RPG without Standby options anymore is like riding a bicycle without tires.

    • I’d buy a VIta in a heartbeat (okay provided at that point the library does grow considerably too) if I could play PS2 games portable. I completely appreciate portability these days as personal space for gaming can be a rare luxury nowadays (specailly since I don’t live alone) and playing on the go is a godsend (and the suspend/sleep function is one of said godsends).

      However, there’s nothing more gratifying than putting 3-4 hours on a game and nothing else while enjoying the game on a big screen. No distractions, no suspending, no nothing else. It’s something no portable will ever replicate. :p

      That’s the reason I keep my PS2 and repair it whenever it has any problems. I still get new games for it once in a while (I’ll keep an eye for this one) and still boot oldies pretty often. I can’t stop appreciating the PS2 as the monster console it was.

  • Demeanor

    I remember this game. It had a certain charm to it, but the characters had few skills (I seem to remember the main char had like 3 sword skills in all) and it required a lot of grinding in a “100 floor abyss” type of dungeon to set your troops’ level on par with foes’ levels in story battles.
    I also remember the opening being very close to the cult classic FF Tactics, atmosphere-wise.

    • Morricane

      The similar vibe must have been due to the soundtrack! :)

  • klkAlexar

    Wow, weird. I didn’t know this game existed.

  • Jesse

    YES. I’ve been wanting to play this for a while.

    Also, Dingus…pft.

  • Nitraion

    Lol i only remember archer booby twinpigtail girl from this game…
    booby is hard to forget..

  • Albert Calderon

    The characters resemble the Persona 3 cast quite a bit :3

    • DyLaN

      Duh, its the same artist.

  • I highly recommend this game to anyone who enjoys SRPGs. Also, check out the OST if you get the chance. This is some of Sakimoto’s best work.

  • awat

    I wish they made a Stella Deus like Game i loveed that game so much q.q

  • Happy Gamer

    I feel same about many people here talking about VITA playing PS2 games. I’d buy it in a heartbeat. Although I have this personal “5 game rule” before buying a console, meaning the console or handheld has to have the 5 games I really really wanna buy, being able to play older games are a plus as well.

    More and more I spend time outside of home especially since I started to prep for med school about 3 semesters ago. But I still have about hour or so everyday to do whatever I want, but its time time efficient to go back home to play games etc.

    It’s be perfect to pull out my VITA/3DS play a bit then go back to study or hit the gym etc.

    Used to put console gaming over handhelds, but sorta forces me to play handhelds these days. Plus handheld gaming is amazing anyways now. I been playing my 3ds and buying games for it more than my ps3 and 360 (unless something amazing drops then I buy it, wait till summer break)

    Don’t see why VITA can’t play the ps2 games really. it sure plays persona 4 well lol

    • DesmaX

      But they’re completely different hardwares, and the game codes are made especifically for that console (That’s why emulation is so hardware demanding).

      The PS3 can run some PS2 games because it retro-compartibility in it’s first models, but it was scrapped down afterwards (But the code to run those games were still there). These games passes some sort of adaptation so that they can run on it, and still not all of them works (Ghostlight tried to release the DDS games there, but nope, didn’t work on the PS3)

  • O.M.G The memories. I still have Stella Deus. I’ve been wanting to play it again lately so this gives a really good reason!

  • Brion Valkerion

    Oh wow, I JUST looked this game up last night after seeing the art. Had no clue it was coming out on PSN, hmm must be a sign.

  • PuddlesPuddles

    Amazing visuals and soundtrack, but I found the gameplay to be so-so. I started getting bored about halfway through. It’s worth playing, but definitely not on par with the great SRPGs like FFT.

  • disgaea36

    Wow didn’t expect all the hate on this forum for the game. It’s a great srpg game no matter how you look at it. you guys say it’s meh because so many others have been released since then but this is a very fun game and the story is pretty decent. Not many tactic games have great stories but for 10 bucks for 50+ hours its worth it and it has a great ost.

  • NewestType

    Stella Deus was so much funner to play. The story was not as personable as persona, but the battle system and music were amazing.

  • SetzerGabbiani

    The game is just ok in my opinion; it didn’t leave a lasting impression. It has great art, sound, and a decent story, but the gameplay left a lot to be desired. It felt very vanilla next to something over-the-top like Disgaea…the pre-rendered character models didn’t help. I had more fun with Eternal Poison, and that’s saying something because that game is pretty ho-hum as well.

  • MrTyrant

    I liked this game quite a lot. I remember all I had to do (events, sidequest and special requirement in main battles) for getting all the secret characters. Even some of the villain could join your team instead of killing them like one would normally do. It’s that kind of game.

    I don’t remember the story being bad but some characters were just annoying.

  • Derek E Nay

    I remember picking up that game because I LOVED the artwork. I never got to far in it because I got bored with it pretty quick.

  • Chim_era

    I didn’t know this was a persona studio game! I played but I can’t say I remember much of it. i didn’t finish it that i remember

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  • Setsu Oh

    sheettee ending, over long story beating around the bush, not enough character depth and evolution….
    pass your way people this was a WASTE of my phoquin time and i still regret it to this day.
    the art is nice though so buy the artbook but that is it.

    stick to FFT ppl, nothing to see here.

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