Persona 4 Arena Region Locked, Global Servers

Friday, July 6th, 2012

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Video game publisher Atlus announced that Persona 4: Arena will be region locked on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.  Though this is normal for Xbox 360 games, this will be a unique situation on the PS3.  Other than a statement to confirm this, Atlus has no statement on why they region locked the game for the PS3.

However, there is some good news to come out of this.  According to Siliconera, the online servers for Persona 4: Arena will be global, allowing for international battles.  So if you wish to take on a random person in Japan, those in the rest of the world will still be able to do so.

Persona 4: Arena is a fighting game based in the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series, featuring characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4.  It is rated T for Teen and is expected to release on August 7th in North America, as well as July 26th in Japan and August 31st in Europe.

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  • RyanOPR

    A region locked PS3 game? Hopefully this doesn’t become a trend.

  • Atlus has since released a statement on the reason for this. Basically, it comes down to the fact that the Japanese and North American releases of the game are very close to one another, and Atlus’s Japan offices are afraid that, with the difference in strength between the Yen and Dollar, that there’s a significant risk of Japanese consumers importing the North American version in order to save money. While Atlus USA would ultimately benefit from the sales, Atlus Japan would ultimately lose sales, and so the game is being region locked in order to prevent this scenario from happening.

    • I’m glad they explained their reasoning in such a straightforward way. That’s why I love Atlus, and will continue to support them.

      On the other hand, I think this move will *possibly* cannibalize sales of P4A, though I’m not exactly sure.