It looks like Parasite Eve will be coming to the PlayStation Network sometime soon. The PSone Classic was recently rated by the ESRB for the PS3 and PSP with SCEA acting as the publisher. The game was recently made available in Japan shortly before the launch of The 3rd Birthday. It’s possible that North America will see a similar treatment.
Originally released in 1998, Parasite Eve was quite different from the other RPGs Square developed at the time. For starters, it was actually rated for Mature audiences. The game seemed to be Squaresoft’s take on the horror genre, and was most likely influenced by the success of Resident Evil. Although mostly a turn-based RPG, players are allowed to move around the battlefield in real time to dodge attacks and get better positioning on enemies. The only real downside is that it’s a relatively short game, clocking in at about ten hours.
Like the recently announced Xenogears, Parasite Eve never received a PAL outing. As the digitizing process usually requires a physical disc from the region to be converted, it’s unlikely Parasite Eve will see a European PSN release. Of course, we live in hope.