Persona 4 Arena Ultimax coming to North America this fall for $60

The sequel to Persona 4 Arena is now available to preorder.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will release in North America on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this fall for $60, publisher and developer Atlus has announced.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is the sequel to Persona 4 Arena, which is itself a 2D fighting game sequel to the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 role-playing game. It features a new story mode that continues the plot of the original game, adds new fighting modes, and also includes Persona 3 characters like Junpei lori and Yukari Takeba. New to the series is the "mysterious, scarred, red-headed Sho Minazuki," Atlus teased back in February.

You can find which retailers you can preorder Persona 4 Arena Ultimax from on the game’s official site. Preorders will come with “bonus items,” which Atlus hinted we’ll learn more about at E3.

Atlus is also currently working on Persona 5, which will launch in North America sometime in 2015 for the PlayStation 3.

If you’re curious about Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, check out GameSpot’s review of Persona 4 Arena.

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51 comments
NoelXYeul
NoelXYeul

I still can't believe they are selling PS3 games for $60. At least P4U's preorder/first print bonuses make it worth it, other than that, I still think new PS3 games should be selling for $40.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Looks and sounds interesting, now I have a reason to pick up Persona 4 Arena.

Def-Trex
Def-Trex

Hopefully this is good.i liked the first one but there are too many spammers online who just do one move over and over and it's annoying.

benleslie5
benleslie5 moderator

Will this be region-free? Because I wouldn't wait over a year again for the UK release like what they did last time

charlesswann
charlesswann

Why?!?!  Put it out on PC or at least the PS4.  I am not buying more PS3 games damnit.  By the way Persona 4 Arena is an AMAZING fighter.

dog
dog

Pc! Pc! Pc!

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Why Xbox? We don't care about JRPGs.

lumbergoose
lumbergoose

Junpei and Yukari are Persona 3 characters, not Persona 4.

Mandrew257
Mandrew257

Can't wait. Gonna have to relearn Brosuke though. And I probably make Junpei my secondary.

DarkE0n
DarkE0n

I had no idea this game even existed. I am so going to buy this.

TravisTehDog
TravisTehDog

It's easy to tell that's Adachi at the end of the trailer especially when it says "Oh man I see you never learn."  If they make him a fighter and also add in the MC from Persona 3 that'll would be awesome I think.

Raizak
Raizak

As a note to anyone who's looking forward to this game but hasn't played Persona 4, it looks like there'll be some potentially big spoilers. In such case, I would recommend playing through Persona 4 before picking this up.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

Day one buy for me :)

thekazumalord
thekazumalord

I still think they should give discount for owners of Persona 4 Arena or make this DLC for Persona 4 Arena instead of a $60 game.. i'm sure it will be fun.. but i hope then the game is as good as the first Persona 4 Arena

milleniaxender
milleniaxender

Thanks Atlus for giving us Xbox360 owners anime games! Please keep them coming!

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

Not interested I have arena not interested in a capcom cash grab tactics via persona.

darp12
darp12

Junpei and Yukari are not from Persona 4. Tsk tsk Gamespot. 

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

I did not expect a 360 port, but because it will exist I will buy it.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

I think it will be region locked like the previous one

mkdms14
mkdms14

@charlesswann  PC also has a really big pirating problem.  It always has and will probably always have one.  Not only that but japan has never been a huge place for pc gaming, they have for the most part been big into console gaming.  It is also a lot easier to translate a game from one language to another than to port a game from one system to another.

rickphoenixxx
rickphoenixxx

@Sevenizz What an ignorant comment. Gamers tend to care about ALL kinds of games, this attitude is why we don't have more variety on our systems.

holodeus
holodeus

@Sevenizz  Yeah, Why for instance are Cave's shooters exclusive to Xbox when those niche games are played mainly in Japan.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

Shows how much you know about the game, its not even JRPG, its a fighting game. Even though its connected with the JRPG of Persona 3 and 4, the genre is different

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Raizak You need to play through Persona 4 Arena too.  This is a sequel to Persona 4 Arena and continues the story from that.

thekazumalord
thekazumalord

@milleniaxender  it's more like a fighting game with characters in it that have anime like designs..  not truly a anime game whci would be game based on a anime property..yeah there was a anime based on Persona 4, but that was based on the Persona 4 game making it not a anime game.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@BlackBaldwin If it was just an update to the game that would be one thing, but it has a new story, so it is indeed a new game.

Lhomity
Lhomity

@BlackBaldwin     Did you miss the part where this is a full sequel with a new story mode and other stuff?


If you think what Capcom does with Street Fighter is merely for cash grabbing, then I'm afraid you completely misunderstand the needs and wants of the hardcore SF playerbase.

Def-Trex
Def-Trex

@mkdms14 Atlus released King Of Fighters 13 on Pc and it was the best version, so not sure why they won't release this.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Sorry, the image for the video looks like anime so I just assumed.

Raizak
Raizak

@thekazumalord @milleniaxender  He's probably talking more so about the anime aesthetic. He probably prefers the charm of the anime style versus normal 3D models in video games. They're often delightfully colorful I do have to say. 

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

@soldjango @BlackBaldwin It's the Persona 4 name. It's bloated too far now; they need to slow down and focus on other things like Persona 5 or a new SMT miniseries or something.

k1dnova
k1dnova

@Sevenizz Oh, that explains it, you're anti-awesome.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Furious - thanks for asking!

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

No, because I don't like Anime or anything Atlus does.

dom28
dom28

@Sevenizz Why? because you were called out and ended up looking like an ignorant fool for assuming? And the joke of it all is here you are once again assuming that the game is crap when you haven't even played it. Your ignorance is off the charts lol.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

So, you've never even played the game and you already decide the game is crap...

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Yea, I don't buy this crap game.

freedom01
freedom01 moderator

Most japanese games are anime style

thekazumalord
thekazumalord

@Sevenizz  there was a Persona 4 anime series .. and the characters designs are anime style so.. connecting it to anime is understandable..especially since the character designs for Persona 4 Arena and Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax were taken from the anime instead of the designs from Persona 3 and 4 games. 

soldjango
soldjango

@Raizak @thekazumalord @milleniaxender  In fighting game terms, an anime game is a game featuring some of the more fantastical elements of the genre: air dashing, extreme mechanical complexity, etc. and generally with an anime aesthetic. 


Contrast that with Street Fighter, Marvel or Mortal Kombat which lack in at least one of these departments (SF is fairly realistic outside of special moves, Marvel is very clearly not an anime game, Mortal Kombat lacks mechanical complexity and movement options like air dashing).

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

There's still 1.6 million Xbox 360s sold in Japan. While the numbers pale in comparison to home grown consoles - there's still a market. Since the 360 would be easy to port to and MS licensing fees would be very low, why not?

Occasionally the WiiU gets a multi plat title for the same reasons.