Developer Arc System Works has revealed that a sequel for Persona 4: Arena is in development. Little is known at this time, though a playtest held at select locations in Japan revealed Yukari Takeba and Junpei Iori as playable characters.
After a weirdly long period of silence, Atlus has at last announced a European release date for Persona 4 Arena: May 10. Preorders will gain access to Limited Edition content, which includes the official arranged soundtrack with exclusive artwork and the Digital Fan Pack.
Over on Persona Europe’s Facebook page, it was announced that Persona 4 Arena will not see a 2012 release. An FAQ from the publisher explained that “For all EU games, there are a number of changes that need to be done to bring it in line with the regulations laid out by Sony and Microsoft in Europe. These regulations are to ensure the game will work correctly in each individual PAL territory, from individual EU countries to Australia and UK.” This, unfortunately, appears to be the delaying point.
While fans reacted angrily, citing the unpopular decision to region-lock the game, the FAQ did suggest a possible bonus as compensation for the delay. “We understand everyone’s frustration surrounding this,” it reads, “so we are preparing something – and we’ll announce that once the new schedule for release is in place.”
Check out the full FAQ and resulting rage here.
Atlus has released the latest patch for Persona 4 Arena, addressing various game balance and technical issues on both 360 and PS3. Among the items fixed is the “Serious Gamer” achievement – earned by reaching level 30 in online matches – which had been inaccessible for some players.
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Persona 4: Arena hit the ground running with its console release. The Atlus/Arc System Works collaboration sold some 138,000 copies in its first week in Japan, roughly 90% of stock. This trumps the previous record set by a fighting game, 103,000 for Tekken 6 in 2009.
Of further interest for the series: Famitsu leaked an interview with Team Persona producer Katsura Hashino, stating that the next numbered Persona game is in development. While this likely means Persona 5, it was not explicitly stated thus, and a remake of a past game is not out of the question.
Sources: Andriasang, Joystiq
Yaaay, we’re back! And hopefully we’ll stay on time going forward, or at least we won’t lose power right when I’m about to start writing. Anyway, news time!
- Sony acquires streaming game service Gaikai for a cool $380 million. Speculation abounds as to how doomed modern consoles are (not very, for the moment).
- Vivendi plans to sell off its stake in Activision-Blizzard. Possibly a restructuring effort, or maybe they just see Call of Duty being the next Guitar Hero, with all that would imply.
- Zynga reveals “Zynga With Friends,” and exciting new games ending with -Ville that are totally not the same idea over and over. One’s even an “epic slot machine adventure” for extra irony.
- Yoichi Wada asserts Final Fantasy VII isn’t getting remade until they make a game that surpasses it. My take: better get a DeLorean, ’cause we’ll need the nineties again.
- Atlus announces and defends its decision to region-lock Persona 4 Arena. So that’s why the official forums melted down the other day.
- The EU rules that resale of digital games is legal, Pokemon Black and White 2 makes all of the money, Facebook suffers a sizable email fiasco, and more!
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Among the stranger things I’ve learned today is that Persona 4 Arena will be region locked: Japanese copies won’t work on North American PS3s, and vice versa. An Atlus employee confirmed the news on the official forums, though there was no explanation available at this time. This is somewhat a moot point as Arena is being released internationally anyway, though it will be the first PS3 game ever to be region-locked. Puzzling, to say the least.
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The folks at Atlus have been cranking out updates for us on the subject of Persona 4 Arena. For a start, it has been confirmed on Atlus’s official Twitter feed that the game would have a dual audio option, allowing players to choose between English or Japanese voice tracks. There’s also a super fancy trailer over at their YouTube feed, which features a rundown of a few of the available characters and some snippets of English voice work.
And finally, over at Andriasang we have the news that Persona 4 Arena will have both paid DLC and content that can be unlocked in the normal course of gameplay. Some examples given were: alternate character colors, different glasses, and new things for the announcer to shout at the beginning of a round. Unfortunately, it wasn’t made clear which of these elements were DLC and which were unlockables.
Atlus has just released an update for the arcade version of Persona 4: Arena, making adjustments to basic gameplay and character balance. For those who can read Japanese, a full list of the changes is available here; likely, adjustments are being made with the console adaptation in mind.
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Still more Persona 4: Arena information has been release, not the least of which is a release date of August 2. Reportedly, the home version’s story mode will initially allow access to four characters – the main character, Chie, Yosuke, and Yukiko – with others unlocked through gameplay. Preorders will also get a soundtrack CD as a bonus.
Yeah, I watched the Idolm@ster anime. What can I say? I indulge in the occasional weird Japanese thing. Went better than expected, although I’m not wading into the games anytime soon unless one can guarantee more box malfunctions.
Right then, to the news! This week we have the following:
- UK retailer GAME files for administration, the UK equivalent of Chapter 11.
Which means it’s game over NO MUST RESIST THE OBVIOUS PUN
- Meanwhile, Zynga buys out Omgpop, makers of Draw Something, for a whopping $200 million. They’re gonna have to sell a lot of Zynga funbucks to make it up.
- BioWare plans “clarification” DLC for the Mass Effect 3 ending. Forbes, by the way, has a better read on this fiasco than most games media outlets; spoilers aplenty, but give this article a read when you get time.
- Dragon Age 2 winds down as the team gets ready for Dragon Age 3. Presumably they’re all just glad they’re not the Mass Effect team right about now.
- Speaking of dragons, Dragon’s Dogma‘s producer wants to sell ten million copies worldwide. I’m just going to leave that there and let you picture it.
- Yet another producer, this one for Resident Evil: Revelations, tells the truth and breaks my heart about where the survival horror genre has gone in recent years.
- GameStop’s standing in retail is examined, Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition gets confirmed for the iPad, the .Hack series gets a fighting game, and more!
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In a recent interview, Kazuhisa Wada, Atlus’s director of development for Persona 4 Arena, spoke about bringing the recently-released arcade game to consoles. Continue reading ‘Persona 4 Arena Director Discusses Console Versions’ »
Just in case Aigis wasn’t enough for your robot girl needs in Persona 4 Arena, Atlus has you covered. Famitsu has revealed the character Labrys, who wields a giant axe and is herself robotic, female, and dressed in a schoolgirl outfit for some reason. As an uncultured philistine who has yet to play Persona 4, I’m told she’s a new creation for the series, and it’s not yet known how she fits into the whole thing.
With the shiny new English title of Persona 4: Arena, Atlus revealed the Persona 4 fighting game will be making an appearance on North American PS3s and 360s this summer. The Japanese-only arcade variant – The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena – will go live starting March 1.
Additionally, Enterbrain – publisher of Famitsu – announced that they are releasing a special Famitsu DX pack for Persona 4: The Golden. Sold exclusively through Enterbrain’s site, the ¥10,290 package includes a multi-pouch designed like Marie’s bag, a set of ten postcards, and six A3 posters alongside the game itself.