(Japan) Persona 4 Arena Follow-Up Now Location Testing

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

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Famitsu dropped a bomb earlier today with a host of images taken from a location test of what appears to be a new Arc System Works fighting game. What could it be? Why, it’s a follow-up to Persona 4 Arena!

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A collaboration between Persona series developer Atlus and Arc System Works, Persona 4 Arena is a fighting game set after the events of Persona 4. The game tells a story about the return of the Midnight Channel and a mysterious fighting tournament called the P-1 Grand Prix. The Persona 4 cast and a selection of characters from Persona 3 become embroiled in the competition and are forced to fight one another as they try to understand what’s happened and how to make things right.

Details on the new game are scarce, but there are a few things of note. The biggest and most obvious additions are a pair of Persona 3 characters left out of the original Persona 4 Arena roster: Yukari Takeba and Junpei Iori. Both characters appear to fight with styles that reflect their Persona 3 appearances—in addition to their respective Personae, Junpei fights with a baseball bat and Yukari is equipped with a bow.

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It also appears that the gameplay and character balance is receiving some tweaks. A glance at the UI in some screenshots reveals that characters now have differing numbers of Persona cards in stock. For the uninitiated, the Persona cards serve as a special gauge. As a character’s Persona takes damage, their Persona cards turn red. If the cards are depleted, the character is prevented from using his or her Persona for a limited time.

The location test is currently being held in two locations: the Hey Arcade in Akihabara and the Taito Station Nihombashi in Osaka, and it will last from August 16th to 18th. For more on Persona 4 Arena, you can read our review.

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Images courtesy of Famitsu.

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  • Chris Omahen

    AWESOME! Also, looks like, from the screenshots, in addition to the TV World stages from the original, we’ll also have some Dark Hour stages. Interesting.

  • Saphira

    I must say… JUNPEI’S NEW LOOK IS CUTE >w<

  • Not a sequel, just an update. Think Street Fighter IV to Super Street Fighter IV or Marvel vs Capcom 3 to Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3.

    So I’m sure the story won’t be continued either.

    • Chris Omahen

      I feel like this is more like BlazBlue Calamity Trigger to BlazBlue Continuum Shift. So, gameplay-wise, just an update, but aesthetics are updated and the story as well. Plus, ArcSys.

    • Considering how P4A ended, there’s not a whole lot of room to expand the story.

    • Chris Omahen

      Well, there is the Malevolent Entity to deal with… maybe it’s not P5, but a P4A follow-up that continues that story, and a new story would occur after the new epilogue of P4G?

    • Think expansion not follow-up. There is going to be so much backtracking later on today.

    • Chris Omahen

      The UI changes still make me think BlazBlue-style updates/new game. I suppose we’ll see what happens as time goes on.

    • Justin Graham

      While the individual games are essentially updates, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, Continuum Shift, and Chrono Phantasma are sequential in terms of the narrative. There is a distinct possibility, though not confirmed, that this P4A update will likewise follow that trend.

    • Dominic St-Jacques

      The game also introduces shadow versions of all the characters (barring Elizabeth and Shadow Labrys)…surely this has to be a story element as well.

  • MechaManiac

    Don’t get your hopes up. IGN reports that this is an update for the arcade version, which is only available in Japan.

    • Chris Omahen

      Arcade updates generally get console ports over time.

    • I love it when IGN validates me.

  • Persona…5….Arena?

    What??? No dog!?