Marie joins Persona 4 Arena Ultimax as post-launch DLC
posted on 07.15.14 at 07:35 AM EDT by (@salromano)
Hollow Forest Tsundere Poet uses Kaguya in battle.

Marie Persona 4

Marie will be a playable character in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, this week’s Famitsu reveals. She will arrive as paid post-release downloadable content.

The “Hollow Forest Tsundere Poet,” who first appeared in Persona 4 Golden‘s Velvet Room, will use the Persona Kaguya in battle.

Marie will make full use of the contents of her bag, as well as her Persona, and excels at ranged attacks and diversion techniques.

Outside of Marie, a few new details were announced.

A new “Lobby” feature has been added to the game’s online mode. Here, players can gather and chat, as well as battle. Players can also control their own avatar and move around world locations such as the school and Junes.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is due out for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this fall in North America. It will be region-free, European importers.

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  • praecipuum

    Oh my god.

  • totoro

    All of my wat

  • Coloso90909

    NIS America, please, bring the game to Europe as Pesona 4: Golden or Persona Q.

    • Neppygear

      Atlus are self-publishing it digital-only, most likely. Either settle for that, or import.

  • articuzwolf

    still no shadow makoto…but well…

    • MrFinalgamer

      Honestly, shadow of what? Most of the P3 cas seems to be getting shadows made up, for the sake of them having shadows.

      • articuzwolf

        this is for the sake of not destroying P3 ending by reviving makoto from the death/releasing the great seal…shadow is an easy tools to bypass that, especially if we consider mastermind’s ability…

        and about the rest of P3 cast, not really…P4 cast also got their own shadow-counterpart, despite of still having their persona…
        It was done because they already knew mastermind’s ability to twist perception, so it won’t work to them for the 2nd time.

        By having shadows as their opponent, the possibility of match-up is endless, they can add more drama, sarcastic remarks to each other and the cast won’t hesitate too much to cut it down for good.

  • AlphaSixNine

    OMFGYES <3

  • Hexodious

    Minako fans, please calm down!

    Kidding aside, is it really confirmed that Europeans can import the game? Atlus did say region-free in a way, but directly mentioned region-free for “South America” no mentioning of Europe.

    • Sal Romano

      Region-free means the game will work on any console.

  • Sky Yuki

    More characters the better

  • Taiho

    Whats she gonna do? kill her self if the round takes too long?

  • PrinceHeir

    Hell yes!!!

  • pixxxelz

    As long as is not overpriced like kokonoe in BBCP, cool

  • Waifu Body Pillow

    But what about my P3 MC?

    • Arizato


    • Luna Kazemaru

      dead deal with it

      • Arizato

        Door Jesus will live on. Just you wait.

        • $61526767


    • Ace

      I’ve always wanted to play a giant door in a fighting game. Make it happen, Atlus.

  • Onodera Kosaki

    Sadly DLC…no in-game….and where is Minato

    • FlareKnight

      But isn’t Adachi DLC and yet seen in trailers for the story? I wouldn’t be surprised if Marie isn’t in there, but she may still have a presence in the story to some degree.

  • Arcliff7

    >Hollow Forest Tsundere Poet
    My sides. DLC or not, I have to get this.

  • Arizato

    So is she just confirmed or is there an article with screenshots just waiting to get scanned?

    • $61526767

      We should see her scan very soon. I’m looking forward to more characters, IF possible.

  • I-e-on

    Not surprised at all. Definitely like her title though

  • Rafael Martines

    I knew it XD

  • Neppygear

    A Persona 4 character? In this game? No way.

    • ThatGuy3190_7

      Well they’ve practically brought back every living and moving important characters from Persona 3 and Persona 4. What else did you expect? I wouldn’t be too surprised if they incorporated Theodore in the game, but I definitely would be surprised if they included Kei Nanjo from Persona 1 and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment. He did mention that his family was affiliated with the Kirijo Group.

      • Neppygear

        That was more of a rib on how most of the new characters are from P3, as well as the stages and UI being more evocative of said game…

      • MrFinalgamer

        What is this thing you’re calling “Persona 1”, and “Persona 2: Eternal Punishment”? I thought only P3, and 4 existed! O_O

        • ThatGuy3190_7

          I know right?

    • MrTyrant

      YEAH! I can’t believe it. This is Persona 4 Arena, it shouldn’t be possible lol

  • RyuRobin

    Ultimax isn’t even out yet and they already have 2 DLC characters announced

    • TokkanRAM

      1 of them is free for a week in the US (free to every first run copy for the Japanese), so it’s not so different from BBCP.

    • ThatGuy3190_7

      That’s typical actually. They did the same with Blazblue Chronophantasma before it was released on consoles.

      • Budgiecat

        Also Bandai did it with the arcade ports of Super DBZ and Battle of Yu Yu Hakusho….

        oh wait..but that was in the 6th gen when publishers had to give you full games and couldnt exploit and rape your wallet with day one DLC!

      • RyuRobin

        Well yeah, I just think it’s funny how people consider capcom to be greedy (while they actually let you upgrade sf4 to a newer version for a cheap pric) while arcsys doing stuff like this is OK.

        • ThatGuy3190_7

          I think people find it acceptable because Arcsys don’t saturate DLC like Capcom, excluding Blazblue of course.

          • RyuRobin

            Well I know a person that tried to convince me that Blazblue Chronophantasma is a BRAND NEW GAME (because it has a new story and UI! because those things are totally relevant, right?) so it’s OK for it to cost the full price while USF4 is just a “balance patch” and should be free.

            • ThatGuy3190_7

              Chronophantasma is a continuation of the Blazblue series and not a remake or rehash of Continuum Shift, so basically it is a new game. New story, new characters, new balances (there was a patch released for this at the beginning of the summer because one of the characters was almost very broken), new attacks, etc. I can’t speak for you or other players but I play fighting games for story and to have fun with friends, not for competitive play. The only exception is Street Fighter 4 because….well, that kinda speaks for itself (not a good story, if any, too many rehashes.)

    • Lancefurr

      It has been out for a while now in Japanese Arcades so I can see why they would add extra content.

      • RyuRobin

        why not include it on the disc?

  • Ping92

    Strega dlc nxt

    • MrFinalgamer

      They’re kind of dead right now.

  • Onodera Kosaki

    Minato & Shinjiro Aragaki Next

    • Neppygear

      They’re kinda busy being dead at the moment, but they’ll get back to you later.

      • Onodera Kosaki

        you can save shinjirou…so he alive

        • Neppygear

          Yes, Shinjiro is alive… in an optional path in a non-canon route.

          • Brandon Beckman

            And yet Persona Q is canon and they’re both in it.

            • Samsara09

              Says someone from Atlus USA.It’s impossible for Q to be canon.Which version from Persona 3 is canon?Theodore only appears in the non canon female route.

              The guy only said that because many fans only buy “canon” games.

              • Neppygear

                Theodore can exist without the female route happening.

                • Samsara09

                  yes,I just saw a victory quote of Elizabeth mentioning him.Fucking jesus,what a mess.Oh well,a caracter is a caracter.The more the merrier.

            • Neppygear

              Persona Q happens during both P3 and P4, not after.

            • Northstar

              If Q is canon, Persona’s story is really a big mess…

            • MrFinalgamer

              There’s this “awesome” thing called time travel, and erasing memories. Really, that’s the only way PQ makes any kind of sense, canon wise.

              • Budgiecat

                So convenient…

                much like novellas…

          • Unretributed

            Lol “canon”

            Fake stuff that’s less fake than other fake stuff because the creators said so. They can add those characters and come up with whatever excuse they want to and just call it “canon”.

    • HellPwnage1337

      And strega and the cast of p1 and p2 and rei and zen.

  • Waifu Body Pillow

    Speaking of ArcSys fighting game. Celica is now playable in BBCP.

  • Dominic St-Jacques

    Guess it means Golden is canon now.
    (Meanwhile, Minako remains alone…in that alternate reality)

    • Skerj

      Was there ever a doubt that Golden wasn’t canon?

      • Pedro Victor


      • Samsara09

        I guess he said that because,well,golden is in the vita,and hell,to those unwilling to buy a vita “just for it”,inaccessible.

      • OverlordZetta

        To those with a major case of Denial I suppose.

      • davybaby

        Of course there would be because everything relating to Marie is just shoe-horned in. P4 was open and shut with no loose ends and everything in Golden is just extra shit for the fans. Not like P3 Answer where you’d want to know what the aftermath was.

    • Anime10121

      Golden was always Canon, just like Fes was…

      • Samsara09

        Some ofportable’s added content,like the female route wasn’t canon,for example…and besides,only the hardcore bought the vita simply because of P4 Golden.

        Atlus should avoid using content from it…because it can get…unpleasant to someone who has to stick with the original version.It’s rather paradoxical,because I love Golden’s added content,lol.Marie rocks.Her subplot tied things nicely and it improved on the original plot.

        • Anime10121

          The female route was different, since it was an alternate route where the “true” protagonist of 3 Minato/Makoto never lived. You cant have two coexisting protagonists doing the exact same thing. The female route was and always has been noncanon. Theodore can exist because he’s not exclusively tied to the female protagonist, and Elizabeth/Margaret already mentioned having a brother, therefore, his existence had already been solidified prior.

          And there’s no reason Atlus shouldnt use Golden as canon just because its on Vita. Thats like saying Birth by Sleep or KH3D cant be mainline games just because they’re on portables. If someone chooses not to purchase a Vita and misses out on the new content, thats on them, not Atlus. Besides, its not like the Vita’s only good game is Golden (heck it’ll be the console I buy the most games for this year, and I dont even care for handhelds).

          tldr. Femme protag is an alternate tale, and by nature of it being alternate, noncanon. And Golden is and always has been canon, regardless of whether or not people want a Vita.

          • Samsara09

            Birth By sleep is now on PS3,and DDD will be following suit soon enough…So unfortunately,you won’t be using these on your point.Yeah,the Theodore stuff is right.
            I did say I loved golden’s content.It’s up to Atlus in the end,I love Marie,I hope she has an important part in this,but eh..this is getting messy,but I can get used to this.

            The point is,Golden deserved more than the Vita.Atlus probably won’t do anything about this.Ugh.

  • Nate

    Fighting Game of the Year

    • Budgiecat

      You said Guilty Gear Xrd wrong

      • MrTyrant

        This. P4U was going to be my pick then I read the fantastic news of GG xrd being localized this year and changed my opinion in a heartbeat.

  • SegaSaturnSNK

    Count me in! Can’t wait to get that bopping thing too so I can give it to my little niece. She’ll probably be scared of the thing.

  • Weeb

    Worst girl is now DLC. Well at least I’ll be able to ignore her more easily than trying to ignore her in P4G.

  • Jin Kisaragi

    This is a surprise.

  • Samsara09

    Add Margaret and Thodore then.Honestly,persona 4 ultimax has a’s not like your average fightning game.I hope Marie has some part to play in here,like Adachi.I may download her,depending on how shit goes.

  • James Reilly

    Yo we got tsundere poetic girl. Kaguya is a cool persona too.

  • dubaloseven

    Well it was going to happen, dumb as it is. Game will still be awesome though.

  • 武神水樹


  • Creed1217

    Calling it now her BGM theme will be I’ll Face Myself Reincarnation version !!!!

  • Christopher Pedersen


  • OverlordZetta

    But Theodore when?

    He’s actually around and this could be a way to give him a reason to do things.

  • FlareKnight

    Seems reasonable to me. If the first Arena and P4: Golden release timeline had worked out differently could have seen her in that game also.

    Could certainly see the girl who throws down lightning getting involved in some fights. Plus plenty of motivation depending on what is going on for her to help out at that point.

    Personally I liked Marie’s character overall, so I’m all for it. Just wish she wasn’t just dlc so I wouldn’t have to pick her up after :).

  • Ben Kennedy

    *Epic falcon fist pump*

  • KaiserC

    :/ Is there anybody who actually likes Marie? Why does Atlus keep shoving her down our throats?

    • Himiko

      Uh yes? Tons of people do. I love Marie, she was the best addition out of a disappointing set of girls in P4.

      • Creed1217

        Best girl <3 sorry chie , Marie has won

    • zakou

      Sorry to burst your bubble but she is my favourite character in Persona 4 Golden.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      she has only been in golden that is hardly shoving her down someones throats man you fucks need to chill

      • Creed1217

        Ikr! People make it seem like she’s been in everything other than golden. Can’t wait to see her role though

        • davybaby

          She’s also in Persona Q and I wouldn’t be surprised if she ended up in P4D as well. And if you’re like me who fucking despises her then of course her popping up everywhere is gonna piss us off.

    • DrForbidden

      I actually love Marie.

  • Mc-kun

    I thought there was no more DLC characters.

  • SHSL Big Bro

    FeMC isn’t canon but Marie is?
    Atlus disappoints me further.

    • Guest

      Makoto was already confirmed canon which automatically makes FeMC not canon. Marie is her own character so I don’t see a valid comparison here.

    • Himiko

      You’re making a non-issue an issue here. Marie is her own character. FeMC option came later on and is clear as a one time thing for an “enhanced” port where the default has always been male-only.

    • Creed1217

      Maries been canon since Goldens conception though -_- so this makes no sense

    • DrForbidden

      You can’t have both male and female MCs in P3 be canon at the same time. That makes no sense. Marie is a supporting character.

  • new_tradition

    I only really care about the story, so if she has her own episode like Adachi has, then I might consider biting. Otherwise, I still haven’t played Golden and don’t really know what to expect about her *shrugs*

  • Budgiecat

    yay for more anti consumer practices

    • DrForbidden

      Unfortunately, it’s not going to go away. Not so long as consoles remain internet-connected.

    • Hidayat246

      this is the only way to counter pirated beside DRM


  • Luna Kazemaru

    rater amusing how much salt everyone saying about her being ‘forced’ yet where they not praising sho when he came the fuck out of no where? Inb4 suddenly in p5

    • Creed1217

      Ikr, and Marie was a good character too. Still waiting to see how well Sho is written

    • Pyrofrost

      Especially given the the fact that she is canon.

      I really don’t understand their reasoning.

      • Anime10121

        I dun wunna buy a Vita, cuz Vita haz no gamez…is the main reasoning :/

        • Pyrofrost

          I meant the reason for little bitches getting all pissy about Marie being added, it makes absolutely zero sense.

          For me though, I’m a little disappointed that Theodore is being left out.

          • Samsara09

            what about Margaret?

            • Pyrofrost

              She’s already in the game, she hasn’t been left out.

          • Anime10121

            But that IS the reason people are pissy :P

            They dont want to buy a Vita, because it still has the misconception that it has no games. Either that, or because they dont like handheld games.

            And I thought Theodore was gonna be in the game?

            • Pyrofrost

              I haven’t read anything confirming this.

              I saw some rumors stirring, and there is even Wiki (for whatever that’s worth) saying he is an NPC.

              If you could cite me a confirmation, I’d be ecstatic.

        • Samsara09

          I already came to terms with this.

    • Samsara09

      Well,Sho is in tags with Nya.That’s reason enough.

  • Eclipse

    Nice, this is what I’ve been waiting for.

    Marie is one of my favorite roles by HanaKana <3

    • PrinceHeir

      Love her as well!!

      It’s always nice to hear Kana Hanazawa in a more serious tone once in awhile! :)

  • davybaby

    I seriously don’t understand the people that like this character.

  • Kobracon

    “Hollow Forest Tsundere Poet”

    Heh, I love these titles XD

  • Sal Romano
    • Hexodious

      You can’t comprehend the amount of shit i’m dumping right now.

    • Anime10121

      She looks awesome (and dat Igor-in-a-box) :D

  • Creed1217

    Hmmmmmmmm C:

  • hakumen001

    ps4 release please…