Persona 4 Arena slashes arcades on March 1

Arcade version to feature edit player profile options and in-game purchases.

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Atlus recently revealed the North American release window for 2D fighting game Persona 4 Arena for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Fans in Japan who can't wait and would rather check out the arcade version now have a date for that particular version: March 1.

In addition, the arcade version will feature NESiCA IC card support and a player's guild feature. The latter allows gamers to edit their profile and purchase character colors and add-ons via in-game "Persona Dollars."

The 2D fighting game is developed by Arc System Works, who is famous for developing the Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series. The game's story takes place after the events of Persona 4 and will also feature characters from Persona 3. Other fighting games Arc System Works created using popular licenses include Fist of the North Star and Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, which have not seen a release in the Western markets.

For more information on the game, check out GameSpot's recent preview.

Discussion

11 comments
X-RS
X-RS

Really?! Same animation as bridget?

wikedvw
wikedvw

Oh Yeah! Looks sweet.

Darkflare_EX
Darkflare_EX

Too bad arcades are dead in America or I would have been more excited. @Lamesy I think you got it wrong. The colors are available through the in-game currency similar to how Virtua Fighter and Tekken had in-game gold for customization parts. You'll just be paying extra for the Profile card and it's renews.

Lamesy
Lamesy

I heart Atlus 4 lyfe and all, but we're now gouging for palette swap DLC on arcade cabinets?? Maybe it's a cultural difference for Japan where arcades are still thriving, but I don't see why anyone would pay for DLC on top of paying every time you want to access that DLC (i.e. play the game)

motang
motang

Looks like it could be fun!

3KindgomsRandy
3KindgomsRandy

I sure hope this is a precursor to a new proper Persona game, or even better a new SMT flagship title. I'm almost certainly going to get it in any case.

desperadoxd
desperadoxd

Hyper-combos and juggling, hells to the yeah!