Thanks to the success of Atlus RPG Shin Megami Tensei Persona 4, it was able to spawn a media project including an anime and a fighting game. Originally called Persona 4: The Ultimate In Mayonaka Arena has been shortened to just Persona 4 Arena for the the North American release.
Taking place after Persona 4’s story, players will be able to control the protagonists from the game including Yu Narukami and Chie Satonaka. As a bonus, characters from Persona 3 will also be playable to add variety. Their Persona entities will also be represented as part of the characters’ movelist.
Co-developed with Arc System Works, Atlus made the game similar to ArcSys’ other fighting games Guilty Gear and Blazblue. It will play similar to those games but will have some mechanics for new players.
Those who are in Japan can get their hands on the game already through the arcade release coming Mar. 1. It will make use of the NESiCA x LIVE system to provide online ranking and instant balance patches. Console gamers will have to wait until the summer time for their chances to play on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The ports will feature the same content from the arcade with the inclusion of a story mode to serve as a sequel to the original game and online play.
With fighting games at an all time high, this can bring much hype for those who want to want to compete. For now, we will have to wait on Japan’s final input on the game’s execution very soon!