Fans Already Modified Persona 3 Portable HD’s Most Questionable Romance

Well, that didn’t take long. Persona fans have already taken it upon themselves to mod the new PC version of person 3 laptop – to remove one of the most controversial elements of the game.

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It’s been less than 24 hours since Persona 3 Portable was first released, but a new PC version of the ‘No Ken Romance’ mod that was previously available on PSP is now available on modding site GameBanana.

Ken’s social link was always a very controversial element of Persona 3 Portable. Added for the portable release as one of the new female lead’s exclusive social links, the relationship the female lead can form with Ken was unsettling for many, who noted that the relationship felt like the 17-year-old P3P lead was preparing the 10 year old Ken.

Most egregious, though, was how S-Link’s story could culminate in a “romance” between Ken and the protagonist. That’s what this early version of the mod does: it completely removes the dialogue option at the end of the S-Link, allowing it to turn into a romance, blocking the romance version of its endings, plus some later scenes associated with that way.

While it was always possible to decline Ken’s advances, this mod ensures that accepting his offer isn’t even an option you might accidentally select.

In the future, the mod’s creator promises a rewritten version of Ken’s social link that removes and replaces other related aspects of the social link. But for now, this version of the mod is available as a ‘simple’ placeholder and can now be downloaded and installed if you prefer.

Scenes with Ken have become a well-known meme over the years, with female lead cosplayers even posing for being arrested at conventions in reference to the story. Removing the romance from the game was one of the most popular mods for Persona 3 on PSP, along with mods that allowed for a wider range of same-sex romances for both leads. The P3P mod scene was pretty extensive for a PSP game, and this is likely just the first mod of many.

Creepy potential aside, Persona 3 Portable is a pretty good port of an admittedly slightly compromised version of the game. If you’re planning on playing it, be sure to check out our extensive Persona 3 guides, which include a complete and complete guide to Persona 3 Portable social links.

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