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.

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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)
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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Can't say I'm all that excited for another fighting game but its just not my thing, However graphically it looks appeasing, at least for 2D handheld fighter. I can't wait for the Vita and I just hope I have enough money for it when it releases!

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I am so happy to see the Vita get all this attention. This handheld is gonna have a great launch!

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PlayStation Vita FOR THE F****NG WINN!!!!

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the persona series is CRAZY! even as part of the SMT series, glad that Persona 2 is finally to the usa, so people will know why this spin-off is so important now in SMT lore now THANKS Atlus. bring them those games to the u.s soon.

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I want to see a gameplay video or a teaser video!

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@CapmJim I guess they should've made Persona 3 and 4 on the original PlayStation, what a dumb idea to make them for the PS2, they totally split the series over multiple systems. This is so exciting, I'll get this and download P3P from the store if it's available when I get a Vita.

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PS VIta will rock.

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Arc System Works is a great dev team but a persona fighting game that is just the worst thing i have ever heard

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*****in :)

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Please make P5 available for 360. If not, I'll have to buy a ps3...

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Great news about P5, P4 remake looks interesting too, another reason to buy Vita.

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ugh, i love that P4 is getting a remake but why on the Vita, i dont want another handheld, and if it would have been on PSP then P1,P2,P3 and P4 would have all been on one system. I understand they want to push the new system, but i hate that its gonna divide the Portable Persona library, not sure how i feel about this, as i dont even want to buy a Vita.

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Super duper news :>

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Yay! More ports and rehashes for the Vita! It's quickly becoming my most anticipated handheld!

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Being a Persona fan (expecially Persona 4) I'm really excited with these news! A Persona fighting game will be awesome! Junpei vs Yosuke anyone?

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i haven't played persona yet but atlus and arc system works together just seems awesome

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cant wait till 2 years pass from my life .... lol !!!

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Finally an awesome news story !!!!! Persona 5 at laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaastttttttttttt !!!!!!!! Just hope it doesn't take them too long to get it out ! ..

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WOOOOOOOOOOO!

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Arc Systems + Atlus what a nice combo, already sold.

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Wow this is something I did not see coming at all. Can't wait for loketests to start so we can see some gameplay. Oh Guilty Gear fans, Arksys DID RECLAIM the rights to Guilty Gear, but you're going to have to wait for a while. Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend and Persona fighting game to come first.

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all i want in life right now is persona 5!!

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OMG finally!

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what im curious about is, is this new character a party member?

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As long as Persona 5 is for the PS3 I'm down

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Not sure about rebuying persona 4 but the fighting game could be good considering it's done by the people that did BlazBlue.

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Hope it doesn't take too long for a Western release...

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MY WORD, A PERSONA FIGHTING GAME!!!!!! THATS GOING TO BE SICK.

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Persona 4 is really a great rpg. I 'm glad to hear that it gets psvista version. A 2D fighting game like Blazblue is just so exciting.

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yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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now this is the kind of news that i have been waiting to hear... this type of news makes me a little more interested in purchasing the Vita... thank you Atlus for making my day...

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Arc System Works? Nice!!! They can't they don't own the rights to make GG games so you get BLAZBLUe instead...

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P4 Vita and P5 in the works, oh baby...(baby, baby, baby)

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Good news for fans of fighting games and the Persona series. I just wish Arc would bite the bullet and just make a new HD Guilty Gear game already. >:(

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YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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Huge News!!

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A new Persona? I'm not complaining. Thank you Atlus!

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OMG! THIS JUST MADE MY DAY!

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Cooooool. Persona: The Fighting Game, Skullgirls, The King of Fighters XIII, Street Fighter x Tekken--it's like I'm at a fighting game buffet.

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Awesome! Looking forward to The Ultimate. It will be interesting to see what Arc System Works does with it.

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Great news. Also, there seems to be a lack of Persona 3 Portable FES in every single store I've been to, whether it be in England, the US or in my home country. Ship more out and I'll supply the dough!

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Best news I've heard all day :D Now I am so getting PS Vita for Persona 4 :D

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NOOOO! I wanted it for the 3DS!!!

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Awesome!

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Good to hear one of the standbys of JRPGs is finally getting a new installment. Let's hope it does well enough commercially to reinvigorate the genre, although that seems unlikely.

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Playstation Vita handheld console. Yep portable videogame consoles. Marketing has to be absolute. As for a new verson of Person 4 for PSvita that is great that Atlus is supporting Sony's new handheld, er portable console. Atlus is awesome.

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Oh... a fighting game too, by the ASW?! :D :D :D

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Persona 5... I think I just found religion. Putting P4 on the Vita too... and a new version?... The Vita just became attractive. As for a Persona anime, I didn't know that, but I'll sure as hell give it a try. Atlus is GOD.

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So Awesome! ;).

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