Persona 4 gets PS Vita version, fighting game spin-off

Atlus teams up with BlazBlue developer for brawler; Persona 5 also in the works with series director, lead character designer, and composer returning.

Ever since the Japanese release of the PSP Persona 2 port and the anime series iteration of Persona 4, things on the Atlus franchise's side have been quiet. That ended today, as Japanese gaming site Famitsu carried multiple major announcements in regard to the Shin Megami Tensei spin-off series.

Arc System Works is developing the Persona fighting game. (Image credit: Famitsu)

As revealed by a recent teaser site, Atlus will be remaking Persona 4 for the upcoming PlayStation Vita console. The portable iteration of the hit 2008 title will feature a new character named Mary, more voice work during in-game dialogue scenes, and new animated cutscenes. The game will also include a new wireless support feature where players can call upon other users when their party members are close to death. The new port will be out next spring in Japan.

Atlus also revealed it will be teaming up with Arc System Works (creator of the BlazBlue series) to develop a 2D fighter based on the Persona universe. The game will be called Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena and will launch in spring 2012 for the arcades, with a PS3 and Xbox 360 release due for summer 2012. The game will feature characters from Persona 3 and 4.

Finally, Atlus confirmed that Persona 5 is in the works, with series director Katsura Hashino resuming his role once again. Shigenori Soejima and Shoji Meguro will return to their roles of lead character designer and music composer, respectively.

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 was released in 2008 for the PlayStation 2. The game was praised for its engaging combat, great ensemble of characters, and a deep storyline with multiple endings.

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jamesmichealtil
jamesmichealtil

How long will EU gamers have to wait to play the PS3 version  let alone the vita version

tatsundere
tatsundere

Dual audio for persona 5 or else i will be forced to import a japanese version which i cant read. but id rather have that japanese ver than have the US ver with no dual audio my ears might bleed Come on Atlus its about time you add some Dual audio

xerberus
xerberus

Whatever happened to Elizabeth and the MC in P3? I wish I can finally get some closure in P5... Any fans here know what I'm talking about?

Speedfreak_R
Speedfreak_R

Nice, missed this one due to acquiring a PS3 so this is a pleasant surprise. Let's just hope Persona 4: The Golden will be at lease as good as the PS2 version!

CapitaoNinja
CapitaoNinja

It should include more previous games characters as a bonus, like Maya Amano, Tatsuya Sudou, A P3 full cast crossover, not only Aigis.

BSEE10
BSEE10

@rasputin177 Hate to spoil but I am suggesting you to don't expect much about the ending.

rasputin177
rasputin177

This reminds me I need to actually finish Persona 4. I am at the final boss but couldn't bring myself to end it and then got busy and started a new game. By far of the greatest stories in video game history. Characters, dialogue everything.

metalkitten
metalkitten

yay, finally a persona 5!!! better come to the ps3 soon - dont waste too much time on ports nonstop - i been longing for the 5th for so long! but for those who havent played persona 4 then pick up a vita version - personally its one of my favorite games so id want it on a big tv screen

Coolyfett
Coolyfett

Sounds very very interesting. Coolyfett has still never played one of these games yet.

Nexeus
Nexeus

A PERSONA FIGHTER!!!!!???? Oh yes :D

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

Sony's got my money now! I'm getting a Vita for either Christmas or my birthday next year, for definite.

naruto0187
naruto0187

AAAAAAAAAAHHHHH! I am definitely getting a PS Vita now. And the Persona 5 too if it's released for the PS3!

Raeldor
Raeldor

Freakin' AWESOME!!! I am SOOO getting a Vita now. If Monster Hunter also comes to the Vita (and rumor has it, it will), this is going to be the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!!

graphidz
graphidz

PERSONA 5 for the PS3!!!

kaiserzero61
kaiserzero61

@kaiserzero61 5 people couldn't handle the truth.

Jehuty08
Jehuty08

I was already sold on the Vita, but this just made it all the sweeter @stressthesky: considering that Catherine went multiplat, I wouldnt be surprised if P5 did the same

lazycomplife
lazycomplife

AWESOME also please include Katherine, Catherine, and Vincent.

locutus442
locutus442

persona 4 on the vita, and persona 5? atlus has made my day (and given me an excuse to get a vita).

Stressthesky
Stressthesky

I would like to know which console Persona 5 is coming to. Although I know Atlus has been laying a lot of love on Sony, I can guess, but it would be nice to know.

Nexus_Gage
Nexus_Gage

@kaiserzero61 Have a little more faith mate... with kickass titles like uncharted, mgs 4 nd others u never know... the ps vita might actually kick ass!!!!

isaacmj
isaacmj

Ok, I like Persona but I absolutely hate remakes. Just port the thing to PS3 and put more people in the Persona 5 proyect.

kaiserzero61
kaiserzero61

I can't do anything but laugh at all these people getting excited. ''Vita is teh greatest!!!!111'' No. Just no. The Vita will flop just like the 3DS. Deal with it. Time's are a changing. Expect smartphones to gobble up the rest of the dedicated handheld gaming market. Only the fanboys will buy Sony's next trainwreck.

Tokufan22
Tokufan22

well, I'm sold. It will be like playing Jojo's Bizarre Adventure all over again (just like I figured. Love that game). I gotta agree with ThaElementz, must get back into Persona 4.

ThaElementz
ThaElementz

PERSONAAAAA Can't wait...Time to play 4 again

armin0jrpg
armin0jrpg

persona figthing game and ps vita reveald one day!im gonig to die!two news in one time is madness atlus!my heart is going to stop!

zenlang
zenlang

i heart you ATLUS ! YOu are numbah 1!

Halloll
Halloll

in the pic you see them fighting with a sword and knives, though you spend a lot of time in the game using wrenches, golf bats, boots, fans and chairs as weapons. they need to get their armory right

Pete5506
Pete5506

Another reason to buy a Vita

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

persona fighting game? thats freaking awesome, sign me up!

fg1010
fg1010

At least a good news about a rpg !!! Persona 5 will rock for sure !!!

Fusionmix
Fusionmix

Dammit, and I just bought P4. Oh well.

BeeShock
BeeShock

This just made my week. Not only is Persona 5 announced (presumably for the PS3), but a spin-off fighting game? Featuring all my favorite characters from my most beloved JRPG series?! Thank you for knowing what your fans want, ATLUS.

cameio
cameio

Oh you just make me want PS VITA more and more, i want it as soon as possible PLEASE!

Mr_Manga
Mr_Manga

PSP Vita version with extras? Cool cool. A Persona 4 fighting game? oh hell yes. Are atlus reading my wet dreams or something. Persona 5 in the works? Best news whole week.

WolfGrey
WolfGrey

Vita is now beyond sold for me.In fact i think its "beyond the bounds" at this point. Kudos to anyone who gets why there. But ya im very excited about this.Atlus has been just vonderful about bringing games over here to enjoy.

zinoalex
zinoalex

Now this is kind of gaming news I lOVE to hear. Finally...I know the new Persona title will be good. The series does not disappoint!

soulless4now
soulless4now

This brings tears of joys to my eyes still I still haven't played the series as of yet.

Scrotous
Scrotous

GREAT! Finally some good news about JRPGs, persona 5 underway huh? Hope its on ps3, i don't care that much about vita.

AnimeQT
AnimeQT

Yes, finally solid confirmation for persona 5!!

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

Woo p4p, but with the wireless support thing do they mean other in game characters or other people who are playing the game will come in and take over because that could really screw over your strategy.

Melchior111
Melchior111

This amazing but... How bout some persona for ps3? The console is in desperate need a for a quality JRPG! only portable user seem to get all the goodies these days :P

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Persona is awesome. It is going to look amazing on VITA.

TrueIori
TrueIori

is it was not for Atlus we will no longer have jrps, Long live Atlus!!!!

EPaul
EPaul

More Persona games is always a good thing