Yesterday night, Atlus made it crystal clear to fighting game specialists looking to take EVO 2015 that only the PS3 version of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will be used. The announcement potentially throws off some participants in the East who have been working with the patched and updated version of the game.
Back in January, P4AU received a patch that–to put it in non-FGC terms–made balance tweaks to certain characters in the game. The moves that some people really liked in Persona 4 favorites like Akihiko Sanada and Yosuke Hanamura were changed in this new version, thus leaving Japanese, Korean and other notable joystick competitors to head back to the drawing board, subsequently putting in more hours of training. The patch came from Atlus partners at Arc System Works.
The Western release of the game, however, hasn’t received the patch just yet. This leaves fighting game fans in an internationally unbalanced state of affairs. To remedy this situation for Evo 2015, Atlus made it pretty clear how competitors will be playing at this year’s grand fighting game tournament in America.
“To ensure that every player is on the same footing and has enough time to practice, we are confirming that the current PlayStation 3 console version will be the version used at EVO 2015,” Atlus said. It should be noted that the company who help make the Shin Megami Tensei role-playing gaming series sent out a tweet that addressed this very issue as well. A small note, but it at least points to how well they’re covering grounds.
With Evo 2015 being hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada from July 17 through 19, the guys at Atlus deserve a hand clap for this one. This sets up an even playing field for all competitors involved, but also invokes a rather game-changing scenario between Western and Eastern participants. We’re excited to see how this one plays out.