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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Most epic news I have heard in a long time.

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"PlayStation Vita Console" now we even have to refer to the handheld as a console to make sure the marketing is done right in our news reports huh Gamespot? As for Persona, I haven't ever played one, all the news about it and such make me think I need to try one out soon.

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Finally! I have been hoping for Persona 5 and now they're changing 4? Can't wait to see how it works out.

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This just made my day even SWEETER! This is amazing news! Atlus is the best developer/publisher right now!

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WHAAAAAT? I was actually thinking about this EXACT thing the other day! Holy crap, when I thought of a Shin Megami Tensei fighting game, I was actually hoping that it would be Arc System Works who made it! What the hell, am I psychic or something?

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Persona 5!? Persona 4 Vita with a new character, more voiced dialogue and new animated cut scenes!!? A Persona Fighting Game!!!? DEVELOPED BY ARC SYSTEM!!!!!? Just when you think Atlus is awesome, they become more awesome.

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Sweet news. Per...so...na...

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Akihiko! Brawler style! Bring it!

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Great but why limit to only Persona, how bout a Devil Survivors fighting game for the Nintendo side of the series?

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P5 :)

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Wow this is great news.

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Hmmm.... I've played the Persona 3 portable and its very good for a 2D 'I hit u u hit me game' with cool battle System And the this One has a different fighting system? Interesting looks like Vita is gonna be a blast hope Vita will be strong gaming station and more and more games release And this is one of them!

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This is some of the best news I've heard this year!

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A fighting game now? Alright. Unlike series like Final Fantasy I don't think Shin Megami has ever tried anything new and failed.

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i always hoped for Persona fighting game and now in development! Good job Atlus! and please release Persona 5 on XBOX 360 too

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Persona 5 xD!!! :)! that's all I cann say because I can't buy the VITA :(!

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Gonna get this. Day one. And the fighting game, but I'm less hyped about that. I think I'll import the fighting game for PS3, and wait for the english release of P4. Rise's japanese VA sucks...

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Vita's Line-up Looks more promising.

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Loved Persona 4 for the ps2. Might get it when I get a PSV.

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wow have 3 New Works lovely

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@robertwarnes91 I didn't play this one but you think some of them will be appearing in P5 as well?

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A Persona fighting game? Personally I was hoping for Persona Go-Kart racing.

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awesome! i wanna see kanji smash his weapon on this fighting game

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@franzito Well the latest Shin Megami Tensei, Strange Journey had 300 different demons.

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I hope in Persona 5 Atlus beef up the devil's list, do a lilttle recicling here and there, and bring a plot darker than ever!

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P4 on PSP Vita!? Jeez, this is a serious treat!

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Anything Atlus is great news.....can't wait for Persona 5.

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I've just been sold on the Vita... assuming it gets a US/European release.

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A persona fighter? I'm interested. Should be interesting to see how the Personas are implemented (whether they be the fighters themselves, or if a Persona is summoned on a specific combo etc). It should have a cool soundtrack as well.

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I think I just read an article made of win.

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more reason why i should buy vita hehehe

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Great news I can't get enough Persona.

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this is WONDERFUL NEWS i may have to try and find the arcade version and try it out and altus why are you burning a hole in my wallet so fast ;.; i need money for other games but please hurry and finish p5 so i can play more awesomeness of great storylines!!!!!!

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All Persona games except Eternal Punishment will be playable on Vita now. 3 PSP ports and this. Can't wait for Persona 5. Hope it's a real JRPG, not some potentially awesome game ruined by its stupid gameplay. Looking at you, Catherine.

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Great, I'm looking forward to Persona 5, the fighting game though surely is gonna be trash.

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Jesus christ, Atlus. Slow the **** down. You're gonna give me a heart attack.

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nice :)

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Definately getting P4P and P5 day one. Yet another reason to look forward to getting the Vita :)

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I'm hoping Catherine may be a sign that Persona 5 may be released for both PS3 and Xbox360...although if not it will still be a compelling reason to finally cave and get an PS3.

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Loved Persona 4 but I am not sure I'll be getting the Vita version unless it has an additional chapter like P3 FES had. As for Persona 5 I can't wait to hear more about it. Hopefully with Catherine out Atlus can focus their full energies on making Persona 5. :D

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Persona 5 should be coming to PS3.

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Holy crap!!! Atlus is so freaking awesome,every thing sound awesome and I definitely can't wait to hear more.

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