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Back into the TV: Persona 4 Arena on PSN Tomorrow

Yu Namba's Avatar + Posted by Yu Namba on Feb 11, 2013 // Project Lead, ATLUS

Persona 4 Arena for PS3

Hello Persona fans and fighting game fans!

We’re excited to announce that Persona 4 Arena, which earned the honor of “Best Fighting Game” at the Spike Video Game Awards, is going to be available for digital purchase and download on the PlayStation Network tomorrow.

Some of you may not be familiar with Persona 4 Arena, or the Persona series. You may, however, be aware that ATLUS launched Persona 4 Golden for PS Vita last November to critical acclaim, and this title helped generate a great deal of interest for the Persona series. Yes, Persona 4 Arena is a fighting game — but who says fighting games can’t have a story? Fans that got a taste of the series through Persona 4 Golden can enjoy a whole new story arc in Persona 4 Arena.

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The game takes place two months after the protagonist of Persona 4 Golden — given the name Yu Narukami — leaves the rural town of Inaba. Rumor of a fighting tournament TV show called “P-1 Grand Prix” spreads, raising concerns among the former Investigation Team members. Interested to know more about what happens to Yu, Chie, Yosuke, and Yukiko? And how do the characters from Persona 3 get involved in all this? We could say more but, well, we’d rather have you to jump in to Persona 4 Arena to find out for yourself.

We hope you enjoy Persona 4 Arena on PSN!

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+ E_Darkness on February 11th, 2013 at 8:02 am said:

Is it region locked?


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+ ioshi_US on February 11th, 2013 at 8:05 am said:

bring this to ps vita, i buy it :)


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+ KazeEternal on February 11th, 2013 at 8:05 am said:

$$$?


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+ adumdum4000 on February 11th, 2013 at 8:06 am said:

Is it region locked?


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+ JTruF210 on February 11th, 2013 at 8:06 am said:

Hope this is the new plus game since KOFXIII is going down


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+ Loggernaut on February 11th, 2013 at 8:08 am said:

After completing P4G I want this even if I’m bad at fighting games… wonder how much will it be.


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+ Nithorias on February 11th, 2013 at 8:11 am said:

I have a few questions?
a. How much will it be?
b. Will PS+ have a discount?
c. This may sound dumb, but is Persona 4 Golden on the PS Store? O.o
Thanks! :)


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+ faXys17 on February 11th, 2013 at 8:12 am said:

Same question, can i play this on Asian or European console?

#7 yes, Persona 4 Golden is available on ps store.


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+ TripG on February 11th, 2013 at 8:21 am said:

Looking forward to this. Best purchase I made for the Vita btw was Persona Golden. Oh, is the person who voices Youske the same as Ben Tenneson from the show Ben 10?


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+ ViataTribal on February 11th, 2013 at 8:23 am said:

Can I play this on Asian console? Not everyone can import games. =´(


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+ UncannySilk on February 11th, 2013 at 8:24 am said:

It’s going to be $29.99-$39.99, seeing as that’s how much it is retail.
That much for like, what, 12 characters? Not worth it. There are much more competent fighters that do the concept of P4A/P4U much better, like JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

And yeah, it’s region locked. Pfft. Atlus.


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+ darkjester74 on February 11th, 2013 at 8:24 am said:

Aha! Is this our chance?!

And, yes, knowing the price would be good. :)


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+ ItaChu on February 11th, 2013 at 8:39 am said:

Free for PS+ in September! I called it!


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+ bldudas on February 11th, 2013 at 8:53 am said:

Region locking is the reason I never bought this game.

It looks great, but if this is region locked, I won’t buy it.


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+ hanyuuken on February 11th, 2013 at 8:55 am said:

I really hope it is playable on European console because the game is still not available here.


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+ Ryumoau on February 11th, 2013 at 9:04 am said:

I’m a huge fan of Persona 3 and 4 on ps2, but i found this game extremely boring. To be fair i am not a hardcore fighting fan (only like the casual anime ones like Ultimate ninja and DBZ), but i was hoping that the story mode of Arena would be up interesting since it takes place after the main game.

Instead i found it to be just an uninteresting visual novel for all the characters. I had thought i really liked most of the cast, but spending the time with them and hearing their inner thoughts over the most mundane things, really just made me dislike a couple of them (particularly Yukiko). I did enjoy enjoy some moments in Kanji’s story though.
The most disappointing thing though was that i didn’t feel much was added to the overall Persona 4 lore. The new character just meant nothing to me.

The ending seemed like it was sequel baiting, which is disappointing because i’d rather have a spinoff jrpg continuing the P4 universe than another lame fighting game. :/


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+ ISAKO-X1 on February 11th, 2013 at 9:10 am said:

So, which game it’s going to be free? I’m lost… and dissapointed btw


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+ UNCyrus on February 11th, 2013 at 9:22 am said:

I’m glad the game is going to be offered digitally especially with how scarce retail copies have been, however an announcement without mention of price seems like a horribly inefficient use to time and space. It just leads us to believe the it will be available at full retail price. No news = Bad news.


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+ ShadowhunterrX on February 11th, 2013 at 9:27 am said:

Please be regio free. Please answer this question :(


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+ Alenth26 on February 11th, 2013 at 9:31 am said:

Hardcore fighting game players love this game, i’m it will be featured in EVO 13, is nice to see the game getting exposure now, i hope Atlus will continue the good support on their FG just like they did with KOF XIII.

However i feel bad for gamers in EU that can’t get this game :(


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+ DJPlace on February 11th, 2013 at 9:33 am said:

can someone at least tell us the price… like one of the sony people i need to know this… so i can trade in my disk copy for this…


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+ Tjoeb123 on February 11th, 2013 at 9:38 am said:

@20

You feel bad for them, yet nobody over there feels bad for us not getting even close to the same Plus content as them?

Can’t wait to see all the complaints later this afternoon.

Anyways, if nobody has P4A yet (or Persona 4 The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena, as the opening calls it), and you love Persona (or at least fighting games), I suggest that as of tomorrow when the Store updates, you stop whatever you’re doing and BUY THIS GAME!!!


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+ Ryumoau on February 11th, 2013 at 9:42 am said:

@22 i disagree that people who love the jrpg Persona game will automatically love this game. I for one didn’t. Its a fighting game above all else, so if you have no interest in that i suggest you skip this game since there aren’t any world shattering revelations in the ‘Story’ mode anyway.

@21 if it costs anymore than $19.99, than its kinda a rip off. Its been out a long time at retail.


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+ DJPlace on February 11th, 2013 at 9:56 am said:

just called my local gamestop 15 dollars trade in store dollars crap… i just may keep my disk then… i missed the 20 sale also payed 40 it… so it better be 20 on the store or **** them… still a price would be nice ya know sony!!


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+ american_36 on February 11th, 2013 at 9:57 am said:

@22: I’m from EU and my main-account is from you US-guys, ’cause I think, that YOU get the better content^^

most of all, my beloved j-rpgs release so much sooner on your side, so I think the US-PSN is much, MUCH better.

But well, everyone has his own opinion. I’m a little worried, if it will be regionlocked even on the PSN…after I was so happy to see the news about a psn-release today xD


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+ DJPlace on February 11th, 2013 at 10:00 am said:

i never play a persona i only bought if just because i like fighters i wonder what i’m missing…


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+ ShadowhunterrX on February 11th, 2013 at 10:05 am said:

@22
We in Europe always get the last end of the stick and we dont get many games released like in America. The worse case is Atlus. We also have no Video store , netflix , Hulu and more stuff. So can we atleast have something better then you guys ?


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+ Monterossa on February 11th, 2013 at 10:09 am said:

Go away, region-locked greedy!!


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+ TripG on February 11th, 2013 at 10:10 am said:

Called a coupe of stores in Vancouver, prices ranged from 49.99 to 59.99 for used and new physical copes respectively. Lets hope it’s cheaper than that.


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+ Neurochild on February 11th, 2013 at 10:11 am said:

And I wonder when the PS3 users will have iour share of the original Persona 4.

PS2 Classic, a port of the Golden Ver. Whatever… I want to pick up that game along with Arena.

Maybe I’m too excited because I know Arena kicks ass as a fighter…

Nice to know it launches tomorrow on the Store.


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+ J-Kisner on February 11th, 2013 at 10:41 am said:

I absolutely adored Persona 4 on my vita. I’m excited to pick this up.

…It would be great if this was playable on vita by the way, fighters feel beautifully at home on the vita! Remote Play on more games would be a huge selling point for the vita.


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+ Ryumoau on February 11th, 2013 at 11:01 am said:

@27 you sure? i could have sworn Netflix launched in EU at least a year ago. But i see what you mean about the other stuff.


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+ KnifingGrimace on February 11th, 2013 at 11:17 am said:

Avatars! Avatars! Avatars! Plee-he-hease…


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+ ASC2175 on February 11th, 2013 at 11:32 am said:

Yes. Gimme. I WANTS DA PRECIOUS! And while people are at it, give us Avatars, I want Rise dammit.


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+ ShadowhunterrX on February 11th, 2013 at 11:36 am said:

@32
Yeah only the UK and 4 more country`s. I think.


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+ DCS-Tekken on February 11th, 2013 at 1:10 pm said:

If it’s the same as the Disc Version then Yeah it will be Region Locked!

I Bought it when it first came out on the disc… If it’s cheap as Digital DL i’ll buy it then again. But if not i’ll wait till they mark it down more to buy a Digital Version that i own on Disc already…. 19.99 t0 29.99 is not bad price… But more than that it will have to wait….


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+ clupula668 on February 11th, 2013 at 1:21 pm said:

Nice.

Now, is there any way you guys can bring over a PS3 version of Persona 4 The Golden? Not everyone likes to play portables, after all. And while you’re at it, maybe PS1 classic versions of the first two Persona games.


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+ sagohichi on February 11th, 2013 at 1:27 pm said:

I don’t like 2D anime fighting games.
But, but, P4G was the best game I played last year, and I really want to know about stories after the event.

Any cheat DLCs to unlock the story without beating bosses? I’d pay $.99 for each…


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+ hla-33 on February 11th, 2013 at 1:44 pm said:

account avatars ??


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+ EdwardCORE on February 11th, 2013 at 1:52 pm said:

This game was released on Xbox Games on Demand a few months ago and was priced $39,99 back then, but now it was lowered to $29,99 just a couple weeks ago.


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+ SHINSPIKES on February 11th, 2013 at 3:39 pm said:

I want this game, but you guys aren’t gonna pull a crapcom with another 2nd version ultimate edition are you? If you continue to patch and update this one, I will buy it.


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+ JeanLucAwesome on February 11th, 2013 at 3:56 pm said:

Good question a lot of folks have here, will this digital version be region locked?

I bought the game a couple weeks ago only to find out it was the PS3′s first region locked game.

That kind screwed me because I have an imported PS3…


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+ SacredxSaber on February 11th, 2013 at 4:00 pm said:

How about some avatars for persona 4


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+ OkiQ on February 11th, 2013 at 4:20 pm said:

is going to be region locked just like the disc


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+ Peridot_Weapon on February 11th, 2013 at 5:10 pm said:

@38
(“Any cheat DLCs to unlock the story without beating bosses?”)

The story mode’s very forgiving in combat, to the point that the battles are closer to one-minute diversions from the Visual Novel than actual fights. You just need to win a single round, and can “dial-a-combo” your way past most fights with a single button.

If you’re just in it for the story, you won’t need to worry about any KOF-style bosses blocking your progress. (You know the kind: the boss wakes up, gets out of bed, stretches, and your entire team is instantly KOed by the motion.)

You will have to sit through a few “To Be Continued” teasers and unlock all the story paths before the game will let you actually SEE an ending, however.


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+ xcolonel_radecx on February 11th, 2013 at 5:42 pm said:

Ugh very few people like that game why couldn’t it be Persona 4 Ps2 classic?? omg it’s like u guys don’t listen to the fans at all


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+ Kchow23 on February 11th, 2013 at 6:05 pm said:

Any chance that there will be a sale on PSN or PS Plus for Persona 4 Golden or Persona 4 Arena? :)


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+ Kchow23 on February 11th, 2013 at 6:06 pm said:

I really enjoy the Blaz Blue combat style, but I have not bought any Persona game yet and I have too many games in my backlog, but I wouldn’t mind adding either of these if they were on sale.


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+ Benmo316 on February 11th, 2013 at 7:36 pm said:

P4A is $39.99 retail. If it’s any more than that, which is highly likely, it’s another poor move. I’ve been thinking about changing it up and playing a different fighter. I will purchase P4A on PSN if the price is right.


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+ Elvick_ on February 11th, 2013 at 9:48 pm said:

Wish it was ln Vita too.


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