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Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, known as Persona 2: Punishment in Japan, is the third game in the Persona series, following Persona 2: Innocent Sin as the second chapter of an overarching story.

It was originally released on the PlayStation, and was released on the PlayStation Store for PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 as a classic.

Eternal Punishment received a PlayStation Portable remake, which was also released on the PlayStation Store for PlayStation Vita. However, this version was only released in Japan. A fan translation of the game was shadow dropped on July 26, 2022.

Eternal Punishment focuses on protagonist Maya Amano. Eternal Punishment takes place on "the other side" from Innocent Sin. Rumors are spread about how if you call your cell phone, the JOKER will come and kill whoever you ask it to. Maya Amano is sent to write a story about the JOKER, when she meets him in person. Philemon grants Maya and her friends the ability to summon Personas, an ability that they use to hunt JOKER.

The theme song of the game is "Change Your Way", by Elisha La'Verne (Twitter).


Continuing from Tatsuya Suou's failed attempt to stop Nyarlathotep from obliterating humanity at the end of Innocent Sin, Eternal Punishment begins when Maya is sent to write a story about the Joker phenomenon: according to rumor, if someone phones their own number, the Joker will kill on request. Going to Seven Sisters High School, she, Ulala, and Katsuya find the school principal murdered by the Joker. The Joker then attacks them, forcing each of them to summon their Personas. After the Joker knocks them out, Philemon contacts them and warns of a growing danger to the city. After waking, the three pursue the Joker into the school clock tower, where he attempts for force a student to remember the events of Innocent Sin. They are saved by Tatsuya, who tells Maya to forget about him. After Katsuya is removed from the case by his superior Captain Shimazu, he teams up with Maya and Ulala to find the Joker. They eventually ally with Baofu, who believes that Tatsuya Sudou and his father Tatsuzou Sudou are involved with the Joker. Going to the mental institution where Sudou is held, they discover that Tatsuzou sent Taiwanese Mafia hitmen to kill Sudou. Once confronted, Sudou admits that he is the Joker, and reveals that he is attempting to trigger the reappearance of the Other Side. Pursuing him to the Sky Museum, the party runs into Tatsuya and saves Jun from Sudou after Sudou sets the building on fire. After escaping with the museum's visitors on a blimp, an injured Sudou makes a final attack that damages the blimp before Tatsuya kills him. When the party regroup, Tatsuya has vanished.

Upon their return, the party continue to investigate Tatsuzou's activities, and find that negative feelings are turning other people into new "Jokers", who are in turn being kidnapped by Tatsuzou's agents. The party eventually learn that Tatsuzou and a secret organization he leads, the New World Order, are manipulating Sumaru's government, corporations, and media for his own ends. After this, they hear of two others, Kei and Eriko, investigating the New World Order and their links with the Joker curse and an increasingly prevalent fortune telling craze used to manipulate the spread of rumors: they are involved due to the possible involvement of Kandori, a former enemy of theirs, who is posing as Tatsuzou's secretary. Depending on the party's actions at this point, either Kei or Eriko will join their party as they go to investigate the holding area for the new Jokers. Upon arriving, they find Eikichi captured by Kandori while looking for a friend. While Kandori attempts to awaken Eikichi's memories of the Other Side, Tatsuya intervenes and enables the party and Eikichi to escape. The group then save Lisa and her girl group from their promoter, another Order member, with help from Tatsuya, who again vanishes afterwards. Through a friendly informant in the Police, they learn the New World Order's ultimate goal: to raise Sumaru City in the rumor-generated spaceship "Torifune", and trigger the destruction of the Earth's surface by sacred dragons by creating a concentration of Kegare to create a new world free of sin. The only way to stop the plan's fulfillment is defeating the Order.

After failing to corner Tatsuzou and puzzled by Tatsuya's motives, the party finally persuaded Tatsuya to reveal the truth. During the original confrontation with Nyarlathotep, Maya was killed, prompting the rest of the group (Tatsuya, Lisa, Jun and Eikichi) to reset events. Tatsuya refused to forget the events of the Other Side, creating a dangerous loophole: if all the other members of the original group could be forced to remember, the Other Side would be brought back into existence, destroying the present reality. After revealing this, Tatsuya is allowed to join the party in place of either Kei or Eriko. After returning to Sumaru proper, the city is raised by Tatsuzou as part of Torifune. Successfully infiltrating Torifune and defeating Tatsuzou and his "god" Gozen, the city returns to the surface, but the party are drawn into the Collective Unconscious by Nyarlathotep. Making their way into his domain, they discover Nyarlathotep has kidnapped Eikichi, Lisa and Jun in an effort to force their memories of the Other Side into reality. Defeating the Shadow Selves guarding them, the party saves each of them, then confronts Nyarlathotep, who mocks Tatsuya for refusing to fulfill his part of Philemon's agreement.


Persona 2 Eternal Punishment - Ending


After Nyarlathotep is defeated, Tatsuya fulfills his side of the promise for Jun, and after saying his final goodbyes, separates himself from his This Side self to return to the Other Side. Soon after the city returns to normal and though many people will never know the truth about what happened, the party returns to their normal lives. The final scene shows Maya about to walk across the street, until she spots This Side's Tatsuya on a motorcycle. Instead of talking to or befriending This Side's Tatsuya, she decides to move on as she walks across the street before Tatsuya drives off. The game ends with Maya smiling as the credits begin to roll.


Persona 2 characters

Left to right: Eriko, Tatsuya, Baofu, Maya, Ulala, Katsuya, Kei.

  • Maya Amano: The silent protagonist and writer for a teen magazine. She is a cheerful woman whose demeanor endears her to many people. She is bothered by the boy she accidentally met, the one she calls Deja Vu Boy, but feels compelled by something in the back of her mind.
  • Tatsuya Suou: The protagonist of Persona 2: Innocent Sin and this game's deuteragonist. He saved Maya from the Joker. Maya calls him "Deja Vu Boy".
  • Katsuya Suou: Tatsuya's older brother. A police detective investigating JOKER.
  • Ulala Serizawa: Maya's friend and roommate.
  • Baofu: A Taiwanese extortionist. He is reclusive and manages a website that collects rumors.
  • Eriko Kirishima: One of the main characters from Persona, currently a magazine model.
  • Kei Nanjo: One of the main characters from Persona, an heir of the Nanjo company.

PlayStation Portable Remake[]

Eternal Punishment received a PSP remake on May 17th, 2012 in Japan. Directed by Shoji Meguro and as before, the new soundtrack is interchangeable with the original one. The new opening was done by Madhouse Inc.

There are new additions/improvements to the game:

  • Loading times are greatly improved
  • A fast-forward option is included for event scenes, as requested by players in the prequel
  • On/Off Option to remember the memory of the cursor in menus
  • Option to change the speed of the battle, like “Speedy”, etc. With the highest option, battles take marginally less time to complete than the previous Persona games.
  • There is a new scenario starring Tatsuya and featuring a woman with long purple hair and a cat named Zula.
  • The player can change the color of the menus: gray, red, blue, yellow, pink and purple in that exact order, corresponding to Persona, Persona 2, Persona 3, Persona 4, Persona 3 Portable (female route).

The PSP remake, just like the PSX version, includes save transferring. After choosing the difficulty, A prompt will pop-up asking the player if they'd like to transfer their Innocent Sin save file over to Eternal Punishment. By doing so, it will alter/change some things in the main game:

  • Tatsuya's last name will be altered (if you renamed him in IS). Same will apply to Katsuya's last name.
  • Tatsuya's level will be higher (if he was lv.55 or higher in your IS save file).
  • Spare tarot cards from IS will be carried over to EP.
  • If you had Karma Ring in IS, you'll have it in EP from the start.
  • All the money you've invested in Kuzunoha Detective Agency's lucky cat statue in IS will be carried over to EP (you need to invest 10,000 yen in total for "something" to happen).
  • "★" will be added next to your save data (in the original PSX version, Tatsuya would be added to the save icon instead).

Satomi Tadashi (scenario writer of Persona and Persona 2) states that the new scenario will change everything the player knows about fighting Demons and "won't be pretty," suggesting that it will be very dark.

Due to "unusual circumstances," the specifics of which are unknown, it could not be localized anywhere outside of Japan, however a fan translation has been released in July 2022.


Box Art and Promotional Art[]

PSP Remake Screenshots[]


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Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
Major Characters
Playable Maya Amano - Tatsuya Suou - Katsuya Suou - Ulala Serizawa - Baofu - Kei Nanjo - Eriko Kirishima
Non-Playable Philemon - Nyarlathotep - JOKER/Tatsuya Sudou - Metal Trio
Minor Characters
Plot Relevant Maya Okamura - X series robots - Eikichi Mishina - Lisa Silverman - Jun Kashihara - Daisuke Todoroki (Kyouji Kuzunoha) - Takashi Hanya - Youichi Makimura - Ginji Sasaki - Suou's father - Trish - Noriko Katayama - Akinari Kashihara - Shunsuke Fujii - Miho Ogishima - Mami Shibata - Junko Kurosu - Akari Hoshi - Hiroki Sugimoto - Yasuo Inoe - Matsuoka - Yung Pao - Miyabi Hanakouji - Miki Asai - Makoto Kuwahara - Anna Yoshizaka
New World Order Tatsuzou Sudou - Takahisa Kandori - Chizuru Ishigami - General Sugawara - Captain Shimazu - Chief Togashi
St. Hermelin High School Graduates Hidehiko Uesugi - Maki Sonomura - Reiji Kido - Yukino Mayuzumi - Tamaki Uchida - Boy with Earring
Velvet Room Igor - Nameless - Belladonna - Demon Painter
Rumormongers Kenta Yokouchi - Chika Ueda
Shop Time Count - Garcon Soejima - Sumaru Genie - Kankichi Mishina
Shadow Selves Shadow Maya - Shadow Katsuya - Shadow Baofu - Shadow Ulala
Tatsuya's Scenario Lieutenant General Zula - Shiori Miyashiro - Chandraputra - Kouji Nakamura
Sumaru City Kasugayama High School - The Seedy CD - Mu Continent - Seven Sisters High School - Mt. Mifune - Sanitarium - Sky Museum - GOLD - Club Zodiac - Aoba Park - Padparcha - Sewers - Laboratory - Sumaru TV - Smile Mall - Factory - Nichirinmaru - Undersea Ruins - Mt. Iwato - Subway Tunnel - Ameno Torifune - Sumaru Castle - Monado Mandala - Bomb Shelter - Extra Dungeon
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Songs "Change Your Way" - "Satomi Tadashi Drugstore Song"
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