Persona 4 Arena sequel announced
posted on 08.15.13 at 09:37 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Yukari Takeba and Junpei Iori join the roster.

Persona 4 Arena is getting a sequel. And it’s adding new playable characters like Yukari Takeba and Junpei Iori from Persona 3.

Developer Arc System Works began a location test for the fighter at two locations today. If you’re in Japan, visit Hey Arcade in Akihabara or Taito Station Nihombashi in Osaka from August 16 to 18 anytime between 10:00 a.m. and midnight to give the new characters a test drive.

Famitsu.com has first images from the play test, and will be publishing impressions at 1 p.m. Japan time (midnight Eastern time).

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  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    HOLY CRAP LOOK AT JUNPEI

  • Azuardo

    The hell? I’m only just playing the first one. A sequel never crossed my mind once. Better finish it up quick. I’m really enjoying it, though, so I suppose I wouldn’t say no to more.

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      It’s amazing! And set up PERFECTLY for a sequel. This was bound to happen, you’re lucky you took so long to start it, because the wait for the sequel has been difficult

      • Azuardo

        haha, well it took so long to release in Europe! But hey, I haven’t finished everyone’s story yet so I guess I don’t know if it seems odd or not for a sequel to happen. It’s been great fun so far, though :)

    • MrKappa

      You can take your time. This doesn’t seem due out on consoles until July at the earliest anyways.

  • GhostNomad

    Sweeeet. I was actually thinking about picking up Arena in a few days after I finish my first playthrough of P4G just to kill some time and have fun smacking people around with Kanji’s chair. Guess I might as well wait and get the sequel!

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      It is an amazing game with an amazing story. A true sequel to Persona 4, and Persona 3 FES. The story is done just as well as any Persona game, and the fighting’s pretty fun too. The soundtracks are great as well!

      Highly recommended!

      • GhostNomad

        I didn’t really think it would’ve had a whole lot going for it, but from what you’re saying, I should keep an eye out for a sale then!

  • DrForbidden

    I’ve still got the first one on backlog. I’d be more thrilled with a P5 announcement rather than this, but I guess it’s fine. I just no longer have the free time it takes to master fighting games any more.

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      This one is easy enough to master to the point that you can beat the story mode. And the story is the major selling point of this game in my opinion. Go ahead and give it a whirl! Everything’s pretty simple.

      • DrForbidden

        If I just want to experience the story, I can spam my way through the game on the easiest Difficulty Setting, right? Would that change the story paths in any way?

        • CirnoTheStrongest

          Nope, You’d be able to see everything just fine even on the easiest setting.

          • DrForbidden

            Thanks!

  • Pyrofrost

    FUCK YES!
    I knew it!

  • Jesse

    YES. I was hoping we’d get a follow up to Persona 4 Arena’s cliffhanger once I finished it. I assumed Persona 5 would be the follow up, though. Oh well, this is good, too.

  • CirnoTheStrongest

    YES!!!! Finally we can hopefully get the conclusion to all of this! Also, I always lamented that Junpei and yukari weren’t playable in the original, so I am pretty hyped!!

  • TheExile285

    I hope this comes to Vita and PS4

  • https://twitter.com/Panda_castro Panda

    Junpei and yukari look sexy as hell.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Yukari has ALWAYS looked sexy. People just find it difficult to focus on that because she’s such a snobby little bitch. I have a soft spot for those types with the princess personality though~<3

      Besides… You know if there's a wall that high and thick in between you and your goal, there's GOT to be something worth having on the opposite side, heh.

  • DarthBrian

    How about Rise playable this time too? >_<

    • Azuardo

      Agree with this. One of my biggest gripes with both P4 and P4 Arena.

      • CirnoTheStrongest

        It’s already been said in both games that they really can’t fight. So it’d be odd to see them doing so.

        • Azuardo

          I understand. I really liked Rise, though, so I wished I could play as her.

          • CirnoTheStrongest

            Oh, I do too. her and Fuuka both. But that’s just how it is. Who knows though? P4Arena on arcade had 3 less playable characters than the console version, so it’s entirely possible.

            • DesmaX

              Those were added via patches in the arcade

              • CirnoTheStrongest

                Yeah, but they weren’t there originally. that’s my point

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Make her hit people with a microphone and sing, lol.

  • AdvancedWind

    So, can we get P2 / P1 characters in it this time?

  • Azuardo

    Hmm, I almost feel like I should have played Persona 3 now, with all these P3 characters. Why did they call it specifically “Persona 4″ Arena, if all these P3 characters are in it?

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      It’s a direct sequel to Persona 3: FES the Answer. That’s why
      EDIT
      well, it takes place some years after it. But it’s completely canon with it.

      • Azuardo

        Hmm, but I feel like if it’s gonna include both P3 and P4 characters then it should be called something like “Persona 3 & 4 Arena”, you get me?

        • CirnoTheStrongest

          yeah, but it’s already been named, so there’s not much you can do. Plus, it was probably on purpose witht he first game, because I had no clue how much P3 was involved, and thought it would be all about P4 with some crossover with P3 before I played it.

    • Arcana Gear

      cause it’s a sequel of P4 with characters from p3.

  • Pyrofrost

    Those two were obvious Shadow Walker silhouettes though.
    I’m really looking forward to seeing who the other character reveals are.

  • PrinceHeir

    Persona 1 and Persona 2 characters please!!!

    though would have preferred Shin Megami Tensei Arena.

    i want some Devil Summoner vs Digital Devil Saga vs Nocturne vs SMTIV fighting game!!!

  • Arcana Gear

    How they could hide this? i mean there wasn’t any leak of this loketest and persona series it’s popular…

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Yeah. Sure seems like they kept a pretty tight lid on this somehow. Maybe all of the bad news surrounding Atlus has kept people occupied and that’s why it slipped under the radar.

  • RmanX1000

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees.

  • Luna Kazemaru

    not bad

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    I still need to finish everyone’s stories. =(

    • TheExile285

      So do I lol. I usually just mess around in Versus smd Arcade mode.

  • Shadowman

    WOOOOOOO!!!!!

  • Unknown

    please… P3 protagonist

  • DesmaX

    What? Why would he do another fightning tournament?

  • Karysonson

    Umm….I just started Persona 4 a month ago soooooo I guess I better finish it soon

  • Coffee Andonuts

    Needs more Persona 1 / 2 Innocent Sin / Eternal Punishment.

  • Kobracon

    WOOT! YUKARI AND JUNPEI! Awesome news! Can’t wait to see what happens in the story! P4A had such a cliffhanger D:

  • https://twitter.com/Panda_castro Panda

    Looks like there’s room for two more characters up top.

    • Mar Mar

      One is saved for me.

  • TheFoolArcana

    AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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    YESSSSS

  • Rohman Aditya ‘Zamboze’ Dharma

    wow, junpei looks cool, Yukari is cute, but her costume a little bit looks like some kind of pink ranger of super sentai without helmet,
    hope we can see P3 main character as well,

    i want to see persona 2 character too, but are persona 2 and 3/4 story connected?

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    >Persona 4 Arena sequel announced
    >displays new Persona 3 characters

    Dammit. Unless you’re showing Minato, show us more P4 characters, lol. I kind of dislike how they name it Persona “4” Arena when they mix in characters from P3. I’m fine with the characters from P3, but yeah… Should have shown Marie from P4G instead.

    I don’t care how she attacks, I’d play her, lol. I certainly wouldn’t drop Naoto for any of them, but I’d still play her :P

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      Arena was largely about P3. And the story was heavily involved with it. It’d be odd to not bring in more P3 characters.

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        Yeah, I get all that, but honestly… Who’s to say they won’t throw in a Persona 1 or 2 characters, or hell… Even a Persona 5 character as a reveal? Fighting game stories don’t always make sense, you know. Plenty of them have plotholes and retcon the hell out of their story to where it’s just nonsense.

        I’ve seen it a dozen times by now, so I wouldn’t put it past them to do it again with this one.

        • CirnoTheStrongest

          This series doesn’t. That’s the difference. If you have played the story, you’d realize how much effort was put into crafting the story

          • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

            Thanks for assuming I haven’t played it. Again, I’m well aware of the story. BlazBlue had effort put into its story also along with Guilty Gear. That still doesn’t mean they’re the main focus though.

            It doesn’t matter if it’s this series or not. Stories in fighting games are E-X-T-R-A. They’ve lived without them before and they could still do it today. The only reason you even see stories in fighting games today is to add padding to the game to give it more content.

            The people who simply play them competitively never even touch the story mode and still enjoy it just as well. I can understand you having a respect for the story and that’s all well, and good, but please don’t try to make it seem like a story in a fighting game is just as important as a story is to an RPG.

            Persona the RPG series and Persona the fighting game are different (despite whatever your “story” might tell you).

    • Darak

      Yeah the game should be called Persona Arena
      i love both games but Persona 3 characters are more intriguing :D

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        Yeah, I’d be more satisfied with a name like that or mentioning something about ‘Midnight Channel’. Either way, it’s all good.

  • Eclipse

    Sweetness~!

    I’d absolutely love to see Adachi & Marie in this.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      +1 for Adachi

      • Eclipse

        They should also add Dojima.

        He has one hell of a coffee attack! ;)

    • Darak

      Shinjiro vs Kanji! would be great :D

  • rainelee

    Best news I heard all day, I must be dreaming.

  • Zetsy Mei

    Seeing some of the updates for this reaaaaally has me hyped (up to level 5 cyclone meter for Akihiko now?!).

    I hope the competitive scene plays both BlazBlue: Chrono Phanstasma AND this sequel, instead of the communities being split in the middle.

  • Eder García

    Yukari=Hawkeye/Taskmaster?

    • Pedro Rosas

      I see her more like Uryo from bleach for the DS

    • Servant BerserCAR

      with exception that she can full heal and summon gale. Hawkeye/Taskmaster himself would be pretty much screwed.

      • MasterSensei

        Can’t Taskmaster copy any move that he witnesses once? It could be possible to fight Yukari.

        • Zarathos No Daimaōh

          Taskmaster copy moves and fighting styles not powers or magic .

          He isnt going to do anything against Gale

  • Servant BerserCAR

    Blazblue Chrono Phantasma, Xblaze: Code Embryo, Guilty Gear Xrd Sign, and now this… if the other fighting game developers don’t take action now, ArcSys will going to take over the world on 2014.

  • shogunknight

    Nice, although im having a feeling were going to see lots of more sequels of this game like the blaz blue series

  • http://nilampwns.deviantart.com/ nilampwns

    please let there be ken :’D

  • bloodiOS

    I want my Messiah!

    • Namekaze_Minato

      Bro if you’re talking about Minato…he trapped in the seal with Nyx; but you never know; Philemon could bust him out and make him a new Velvet room servant.

      • CirnoTheStrongest

        Nah,
        SPOILER
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        Elizabeth’s going to be the one to free him I’m thinking, with the help of Aigis

  • Nerroth

    I’m still hoping there may one day be a Vita editon of this series at some point.

    I wonder: would Atlus’ new owners (whoever they end up being) enfoce a region lock on a PlayStation-platform edition of this game, the way that Index did for the PS3 edition of the first one?

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Only if the release was so close to the NA version again, threatening to cripple JP sales or vice versa.

    • TheExile285

      This hasn’t been announced for any consoles yet so hopefully it will end up on Vita as well as PS3&PS4

  • Elvick

    I guess there go my hopes of a Vita version of the original…

    • Brandon Beckman

      And then the hopes of this coming to the Vita rose greatly. :D

    • TheExile285

      Atlus said the first one wasn’t coming to Vita months ago. Not releasing this version on Vita would be a missed opportunity IMO.

      Hopefully it comes to PS4 & PSV as well as PS3 & 360.

      • Elvick

        Oh? Well it’s a shame. Fighters are great on the PS Vita. And I think the fact that Persona 4: Golden is on PS Vita, would have really helped it gain success on the platform.

        And would have been great to put out this sequel on Vita.

        Oh well. ):

        • CirnoTheStrongest

          Well, there is the problem of the portable 3 and 4 not really jiving with Arena’s story. That might cause a bit of a rift. Still, it’d probably be a good idea to make a vita version.

  • Pedro Rosas

    JUUUUUUNNNNNPPPPPEEEEEEIIIIIIII!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DongT

    OUT OF FRIGGING NOWHERE

  • TimesTicking

    I hope they don’t add Ken…

    • Servant BerserCAR

      but… but… long spear!

      or do you prefer Koromaru instead? :3

      • bloodiOS

        Why not? We got Amaterasu in Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Actually, there would be a better chance of adding Koromaru, honestly. If we ARE going to add more P3 characters though… Give me fucking Shinjiro and I’m sold. He was a boss.

      • CirnoTheStrongest

        Kinda impossible. Since they’re going by P3:FES canon.

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          It’s video game logic. Hell, it’s a FIGHTING game. Anything is possible, man. How many times did MK bring back dead characters?

          It wouldn’t be the first time a character was brought back and retcon a story.

          • CirnoTheStrongest

            It would be the first time for this though. Arena took very seriously everything that happened in The Answer, and everything that happened in the true end path of the original P4.

            • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

              Fair enough. I just wouldn’t have a problem with it because I don’t play fighting games for the story. I’ve always considered the story an extra for a fighting game. It’s basically fluff.

              Even if we didn’t have story mode, plenty of people would still play them because they’re competitive *shrugs*

              • Zarathos No Daimaōh

                Well in this case the story is as important as the rest . especially when it’s decided it’s an official sequel to two popular jrpgs .

                • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                  Eh, for people who even played the RPGs that is. Honestly, there are more people playing this game just because it’s a fighting game than those that played P3/P4. The people who play fighting games for the story and generally outweighed 3 to 1 by people who play them competitively.

                  EDIT: Point is, while I do understand that some people are following the story, it would still be fine without one. I know plenty of people interested in the story for Guilty Gear and BlazBlue, but there are still a HELL of a lot more people that simply play the games because they are fighters. When you go to a tournament, you think people are standing around talking about the story of these games?

                  No. They’re discussing the mechanics, strategies, so forth and so on. I’m not saying that they should simply remove the story on my account, but what I AM saying is that the story isn’t the core of fighting games. It’s extra, if anything… Persona 4 Arena or not.

                  • Zarathos No Daimaōh

                    Not at all . There are more folks who bought the game because of the Persona anime and rpg connection than fighter games afficinado (hint i’m both) .

                    The very first thing everyone was told about the game is it being an OFFICIAL continuation of the main plot of p4 and even 3 .

                    You’re deluding yourself , no offense intended , if you believe most owners even attends or follow tournaments , or even go that often on forum to discuss mechanics . It’s usually the same amount and same folks (myself included) .

                    Blazblue had an complete and very big story mode each time , but didnt necessarily attract the same people , at least not yet with an anime only coming up very soon . Those are obviously different games with their own public , even if part of it , mix and partake in anything ArcSys . BB is still mainly a game for fighting games buffs , hence a completely different case ..

                    P4A is much more than that and thus follow its own rules , for a different , in part , public

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                      Honestly, the only reason some of these guys even passed on P4A was because they saw it as BlazBlue 2.0 and didn’t care to have a substitute for the real thing, so they didn’t give it a chance. Anybody I ever played with in the game didn’t ever give two shits about the story and was just simply there to play. This is from a multitude of people I had met through Dustloop, Shoryuken, etc.

                      Plus, you had all these players in Japan playing the arcade. How do you explain them being hooked? You really think they’re spending all that time on the arcade because they give a fuck about the story? No, lol. I will say that it does have a different following, but Aquapazza, and Arcana Heart 3 do as well.

                      It doesn’t mean the people that follow it really care much about the story though. These people training for months in the arcade to participate in local tournaments, ranbats, regionals, etc. couldn’t give a rat’s ass about the story. The people that play the game just to be good at it and become the best certainly outweigh those that play it, treating it as if it’s an RPG like the rest of the franchise.

                      So no, I’m not deluding myself. Sorry.

                    • Zarathos No Daimaōh

                      You insist on making them a big portion of people , they arent . Tourney folks and us fighting forum dwellers are a fringe portion of those games’ ownership and it shows .

                      There are like a few thousands of people even showing up at the biggest tournament , it’s a small percentile of the total owner base . So yeah i think you are .

                      I dunno why you think it’s any proof or relevant that a few of us train like mad to participate in tourneys , and that those people dont care about the story .

                      They are needed , as they do promote the game and help it shines , but still a minority .

                      A big part mainstream population that bought P4A did it because the rpg serie is pretty well known know , and even more so because of the quite popular anime .

                      I bought it for both reason , i’m a huge fighting game fans , and a huge rpg and in this instance Persona fan , so it was easy , but that’s my own case . Out of the dozens of people i personally know with the game , more than half only play anecdotically fighting games or they play other series like tekken or even and mostly naruto over 2d stuff . They came for the anime and because it looked fairly easy to pick up compared to stuff like Kof 13 . And then i got a few friends that buy anything fighting game or almost .

                    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                      Moderator – Let’s just drop this and move on. Thanks.

                    • Zarathos No Daimaōh

                      Moderator – Let’s just drop this and move on. Thanks.

                    • DrForbidden

                      Moderator – Let’s just drop this and move on. Thanks.

                    • Zarathos No Daimaōh

                      Pretty much said 2 days ago that i’m done with this convo .. so no worries . Good day

                      Moderator – Thanks.

                    • Zarathos No Daimaōh

                      The community going out of their way to attend tournaments and following FGC websites and forums are a minority , even if important for promotion and pushing the game forward .

                      The mainstream folks who purchased it was following the popular anime series and or the rpg games . An they vastly outnumber arcade dweller and fgc fanatics like us .

                      Since we are sharing personal observation and experiences , out of many dozens of folks i know , most dont play regularly 2d fighters if at all … some mostly play stuff like naruto or tekken , or dont play fighting games at all . They picked it up because they love the franchise through anime or the rpgs .

                      Then there are friends who pretty much pick any serious fighting games regardless .

                      And then there are guys like me who love both the franchise and fighting games

          • Mozendo

            >It’s video game logic. Hell, it’s a FIGHTING game.
            What does that have to do with anything? Are video games all a sudden the go to source for plots so bad they’re full of plotholes?

            >Anything is possible, man. How many times did MK bring back dead characters?

            MK is completely different. Some of the characters are gods not to mention the game’s lore has mystic relics which allow MK to get away with it, comparing it to Persona is weird Persona can’t get away with that.

            >It wouldn’t be the first time a character was brought back and retcon a story.

            Do you honestly want Atlus to retcon one of the stand out moments of Persona 3 so you can see one character in a game’s roster?

            I like Shinjiro too, don’t get me wrong, but no. I rather Atlus respect the Persona lore rather than change it to appeal to the small percent of players who don’t take video game lore seriously so they can see one character in a fighting game.

            • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

              I’m sorry. I wasn’t aware people took stories in FIGHTING GAMES seriously. I thought they were made to be competitive.

              My fault. Now excuse my while I go enjoy a story in a rhythm game. /sarcasm

              • CirnoTheStrongest

                Not all fighting games are meant to have stories that you take seriously, but this is one of them.

                And heck, Idolm@ster has a pretty nice story attached to it that I do take seriously.

                And I’d definitely welcome a rhythm game with an interesting story.

                • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

                  Regardless, not the reason why most people play it. Also, iDOLM@STER is a bad example since that’s more of a visual novel/adventure game and a rhythm game second since the dialogue is mainly the focus in those games. Unless, of course, you’re talking about Live For You! which is just the rhythm aspect of the series into its own game.

                  It would be like trying to pass Dream C Club off as a rhythm game with a story, lol. No, the story comes first and the rhythm aspect of the series is just fluff. It doesn’t make it any less fun, but please don’t try to make it out to be more than it is :P

              • DrForbidden

                There are a lot of things you are not aware of. Just let it go.

    • DongT

      i actually liked ken :P
      i wonder how he’d look considering he should be in middle school about now, maybe he finally got a growth spurt lol
      btw…MINATO(MAKOTO WHATEVER) WHERE ARE YOU!?

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        It’s Japan, man. He’s forever Middle School, lol.

    • Dominic St-Jacques

      Why not? (”He’s annoying and I hate him” isn’t a good reason)
      He could add more variety to the gameplay
      I’m hoping we’ll get more than these two…though I can’t imagina who else we’d get.

  • bloodiOS

    You know something guys, I kinda want Kei Nanjo to be one of the characters. I mean, he was briefly mentioned in P3…

  • Bariman43

    YES YUKARI AND JUNPEI!!! I knew they wouldn’t be forgotten!

    EDIT: Hold up a sec, if this is a sequel why is Shadow Labrys here? Is she a non-story-related cameo? If so can we have Minato/Makoto as a cameo too? Unless this actually an expansion to P4A, in which case hell yeah!

    • Raiyu

      All the characters have shadow players, sort of like “Unlimited” characters in BlazBlue, except they have no burst.

    • DesmaX

      Well, he could try to do that again

  • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

    Yosuke vs. Junpei: The Ultimate Clash of the Bros.

    What is Yukari wearing? Body suit just like Mitsuru?

    • Bariman43

      Dear god I hope that’s a bodysuit. *drools*

      • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

        Well, if she’s also joined the Shadow Operatives like her sempais, guess that’s the groups’ standard issue battle suits for female members? :p

        • CirnoTheStrongest

          I’m pretty sure she was a member from the start. I saw her silhouette in Arena. Along with Junpei

      • Brandon Beckman

        No, it’s the outfit of Phoenix Featherman R Pink. Yukari became an actress.

        • DrForbidden

          It actually reminds me a lot of Jun’s outfit from Gatchaman, without the headgear…

    • bloodiOS

      Doesn’t look like it.

      • http://shadious.tumblr.com/ Vince

        Hmmmm… I see it has a skirt.

    • Namekaze_Minato

      …kinda looks like the stuff magical girls in Anime usually wear.

  • Martian Wong

    Is this for PS3?

    • Pyrofrost

      Yes, most likely PS3 and 360, like the first one.

      • Martian Wong

        I hope so, I want to play as Yukari for a long long time.

    • CirnoTheStrongest

      At the moment it’s just on arcades

      • Martian Wong

        Hopefully, we will see it on PS3

        • CirnoTheStrongest

          Indeed

    • bloodiOS

      Might be cross-gen!

      • Namekaze_Minato

        I hope it’s cross gen.

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    Awesome news. =)

  • Sundial

    Finally a new version!

  • Raoni Marques

    Ohhhh my god! Words Can’t Express the joy I’m feeling right now.

  • Sae-Won Yoon

    Good guy Ark System Works

  • MrKappa

    Junpei has either fulfilled his dream and become a baseball player or he works at a gas station. Though the screens do show he has a baseball like meter with strikes and outs.

    Yukari on the other hand looks like she had Mitsuru pick out her outfit.

    General updates seem to change the persona cards with people like Elizabeth have more but Akihiko having less.
    I also hear from other sources that everyone has a shadow mode now.

  • Shady Shita

    I love Persona so much but I hate fighting games T_T

  • whiteferrero

    loggen-in just to say…

    WOOOTTT!!!

  • Dede Ogbe

    CALLED IT!! YES!!!

  • Donny

    Damn I was going to buy it the next week

  • kuusou yume

    This is great even though I don’t play fighter games

    • Pyrofrost

      Haha, yeah, I suck at fighters personally. However, I love the stories in ASW games, so I play those anyway :p

      This is like the best of both worlds, ASW on the game play and Atlus on the script.

  • Namekaze_Minato

    If they’re gonna expand the story after P4Arena; they should tie in the story with P5 in the future. I am guessing that they’ll reveal more about the ME (aka Nyranthrop) ; but the P4 and P3 team won’t be able to beat him; as Narukami and Agis no longer have the Wild Card (they perhaps held residual energy from the wild card ;as they couldn’t use multiple personae anymore); their journey was completed and the Wild Card moved on to the next host.

    • Pyrofrost

      Well, since the game has been out long enough for people to have beaten the story (even in EU), I guess it’s save to discuss this.
      If you haven’t….SPOILER ALERT!






















      At the end of the P4A story, Elizabeth becomes the new Wild Card holder. So the multiple persona power has moved on to her.

      • Namekaze_Minato

        I know that Elizabeth received it at the end of her arc. But the *gift* traditionally passed on by Philemon to human hosts; as seen by his butterfly guise when we see the MC of P3. I guess Philemon has some ulterior motive like he wants her to cultivate the *gift* before he gives it to another human.

        • Pyrofrost

          I guess the most straight forward explanation would be to use her to accomplish resolution in the story Atlus is crafting with this little series.

          Then for P5 we will have someone new.

  • Namekaze_Minato

    BTW Atlus; BRING THIS TO NEXT GEN AS WELL!

  • new_tradition

    Well this was unexpected, lol. I hope we get more characters, especially from P1 and P2.

    (and I still need to get the first P4 Arena >3>)

    • Namekaze_Minato

      P1 and P2 characters are probably in their late Twenties by now; they could easily be shadow operatives but; I doubt we’ll see them as story playable characters.

  • LightGenx

    Digging Junpei’s new design.

  • Budgiecat

    okay thats nice

    Please announce Persona 5 for PS3 with Catherine style graphics thanks

    • Namekaze_Minato

      Damn Straight!

    • Warboss Aohd

      ‘throws money at screen’

  • Pyrofrost

    Man, I can’t wait to see who else they will have in mind.
    Imo, it’s fair to say that all the new playable characters will come from this picture.

    • Dede Ogbe

      god i know it’s gonna b hard, but i seriously hope they put the MC from P3 in it at some point. Even if it’s just his shadow or a fake

      • Pyrofrost

        They have to put him in at some capacity, regardless of how. That’s the whole point of Elizabeth’s journey; and she is also the holder of the Wild Card now, making her the main protag of the story.

  • Niyari

    omg Junpei looks like a clown lol. typical stupei

  • Derpazu

    Looks more like a version update to me..?

  • Invisbin

    Yukari….you’ve aged to my liking as well…. :I

  • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

    Looking good, Yuka-tan!

  • Jason Ong

    Please port it to Vita as well XD

  • Zancrow

    Man, ASW are going full throttle! ^^

    • Sae-Won Yoon

      That’s what i love about them, they could’ve just stuck with BB:CP and GG Xrd, but they actually go an extra mile and give us more P4A characters.

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        Yeah, it only took them HOW many years to finally release a full fledged sequel to Guilty Gear instead of just rehashes? While I am glad they are doing this, they certainly didn’t “stick” with Guilty Gear. They pretty much cast it aside for a few years once BlazBlue first came out.

  • Kami nii

    They should add makoto he’s the only one missing to complete the first 5 SEES member and that would be awesome!!! :)

  • Krimson4eva

    His name is Minato Artiso they changed it to Makoto for the movie but yes I agree bring him back as a ghost and throw him in there

    • DyLaN

      That the manga name for P3 protagonist, so no they didn’t change it for the movie as his name is decided frm the players. The movie gave him a new name due to copyright purposes (I guess).

      • VaultBreaker

        I hope there would be canon name in the future series like what they did in persona 1 and 2 although that didn’t exactly considered to be canon.

      • Nice Boat

        Not for copyright issues. It’s because Atlus didn’t write the manga.

  • VaultBreaker

    Yukari and Junpei in P4A sequel.That was exactly what I thought.Anyway I’ve been browsing to multille persona’s forum and find a lot of hate for Yukari(which IMO the most realistic and relatable character in the game,glad her to be back).Could anybody explain why is that? I only played persona 3 until *spoilers alert*Mitsuru’s father death and gave up playing because the grinding,although I love the game so much I spoiled the basic story on the wiki.Maybe because it was The Answer?(I haven’t played this one also.

    • VaultBreaker

      I prefer this to be Persona 4 arena DLC or updated version.It’s just that I would rather see the story behind the Labrys kidnapper concluded or at least continue in Persona 5.Of course it would not be a good jumping point for a newcomer,but come on we already have Persona 4 the animation and upcoming persona 3 movie.

      • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ DreamDrop♥

        it is.

    • Pekola

      I think it’s because she’s -too- real. She complains a lot and isn’t really a stoic badass. She’s very much human and pained. She gets irrational and mad.

      I don’t know, I think she really is one of the most relatable characters. But I can understand if people are put off by her because they’re not really looking for that kind of character in their games.

      • Warboss Aohd

        nah, JUNPEI is the most realistic character in that game.

        He’s far from perfect, he was terrified at first, he had many personality traits, he actually looks like a person in real life, and has some of the biggest character development.

        Yukari…….well your not wrong, but i think even so she was still overly whiney and such.

        in a situation like that, i’d complain to, but probably not as much due to me REALLY enjoying having powers, i can hear myself now “Did you see that? I totally destroyed that guy! I am a Monster Truck who walks like a man!”

  • Nice Boat

    I wonder if Yukari’s hair is still magical as she while it looks short it becomes long in cutscenes

  • ShinMarui

    We need Arisato Minato please….

    • Zechs

      And Minako! :(

      • VaultBreaker

        The way I see it he could appear during Yukari storyline as a shadow.Ok that was just a wishful thinking.

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    • CirnoTheStrongest

      For the arcade. We can probably expect a new story when it goes to consoles.

      • http://popculturesocialclub.com/ DreamDrop♥

        Not likely.

  • Jake_Indiman

    Wow!!!! Speechless. I wonder if they will put in Koro or Margaret, or maybe even Igor? I will buy anyway!!! :)

  • Nate

    Junpei looks more like a stoner and Yukari looks like Yukari. I prove of this

  • Hatsuaki

    Whatever it has, I want it for PS3 and now.

  • Warboss Aohd

    Strain Called it