Atlus amended its blog post regarding games for the PS3, PSP, and PS Vita. The company confirmed that its PlayStation Portable titles will remain available for purchase digitally on the PlayStation 3 and Vita stores for the foreseeable future. [Thanks, Game*Spark!]
The massive worry stemmed from SIE’s initial plan to shut down digital storefronts for the PlayStation 3, Portable, and Vita in Summer 2021. Although Sony would later decide to keep the PS3 and Vita stores intact, it still planned to close the PSP store on July 2, 2021.
The last point left some uncertainty regarding the fate of PSP titles on the digital stores, especially since the Vita also supports backward compatibility with digital PSP games. Prominent Japanese publishers like Atlus and Level-5 have just received confirmation that their PSP titles will still be listed on the active PS3 and Vita stores.
The PlayStation Portable was released from 2004 to 2014. It was one of the popular handheld consoles in Japan that many publishers released games exclusively for the platform and region. Atlus had also released many PSP games in Japan in particular. Its lineup includes ports of Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner and the first three Persona games — including both Innocent Sin and Eternal Punishment versions for Persona 2.
Other than the flagship games, Atlus also ported the first and fourth Growlanser titles to the platform. It also handled Sting’s games for the platform, such as Blaze Union: Story to Reach the Future and Yggdra Union: We’ll Never Fight Alone.