A Preview Of Persona 4: Arena’s Paid DLC

By Spencer . June 25, 2012 . 1:52am

Yes, Arc System Works created some paid downloadable content for Persona 4: Arena. So far, there aren’t any extra characters just color variations and glasses.


Of course Persona 4: Arena has color variations in the game. How else would you know which Yu is yours? But, if you want your fighter to have a little more zazz you can buy new color variations after Persona 4: Arena comes out.



Players can also customize their fighter by equipping different glasses. Arc System Works will sell more glasses, which appear on your character’s sprite and cut-in animation.

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Persona 4: Arena will also have extra menu voiceovers and round announcers available to purchase post-launch so you can have Mitsuru, Yosuke, Aigis, and Teddie explain menu options instead of Margaret.

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  • Solomon_Kano

    … yea, I’ll stick with whatever colors and glasses come with the game.

    Characters Arc, characters.

    • It’s extremely wishful thinking but Demifiend pls

      • Nah, its in PERSONA not SMT Nocturne so at best we will get the other P3 charac. (Yukari plz?)

      • Solomon_Kano

        That would be… lovely. If that happens, I’d like to see Raidou too.

    • Herok♞

       But if they make characters there will be a whole other set of people complaining about them, this dlc is at least completely unnecessary.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Eh, their complaints don’t bother me. If Arc is gonna charge for extra stuff then let it be something that actually adds to the game.

    • Nemesis_Dawn

      No! No! I do not want to end up buying a second version of this game and we know that Arc do not do character DLC the right way. They’ll skimp on story and arcade modes so that we’ll have to buy an Extend edition of this if we want to see their narratives. Already burned by the $24 I spent on Continuum Shift characters from these guys.

      For all the crap Capcom get, they don’t rip off people half as much with DLC as Arc do.

      • Solomon_Kano

        Yea, Arc is pretty terrible. Still, this is one game where DLC characters is something I’m actively looking forward to. They better price them right though.

  • XiaomuArisu

    So the normal glasses ARE in the game!
    I knew it!
    So will the whining stop?
    Nope they will never stop!

  • Nitraion

    “sell more glasses”okay that means there is original glasses *phew* my worries gone

  • would have been better if instead of diff colors, they made funny costumes and troll weapons… but that’s just me.

    speaking of glasses: http://media-cache4.pinterest.com/upload/31032684902451122_cmKg9K4u_b.jpg

    • *Snrk*

    • This would be a good DLC!

    • Zonic505

      Now THAT would make for some great DLC.

    • James Reilly

      Yes the anime cliche troll glass :D

  • Okays. *Puts another cash in Teddie bank and waits for DLC characters if there would be any.*

    • And then Teddie steal the money.

      • *Gasp* Bearglar~!

  • I can’t wait to see the Blonde Mitsuru…
    Naoto is kinda cool with the white suit and Blond hair…
    Yukiko alt color looks like Alice…And Black Aigis = Metis huh?

  • Steven Higgins

    Hope they put the evolved personas as dlc

  • leadintea

    Thank god it’s all just fluff.

  • MaruluGames

    Yay, colors …..?

  • Cephrien

    Ooooh. I’m actually a sucker for these. I love using unique colors that no one else will probably use. xD

    Bought all kinds of DLC colors for Blazblue. 

    That Aigis DLC color definitely piques my interest.

  • RmanX1000


    Well wallet, looks like Atlus empties you again.

  • The colour DLC BBCS was really expensive, I ain’t falling for this again.

  • Brandon001

    i’d def get glasses and alternate announcers, but i was never one for alternate colors, i’m an alternate costume person myself

  • Josh Strange

    If it was $1.00 then sure, Probably the only thing SF X Tekken did right, lol

  • Chie’s alternative looks much like Yukari from P3

  • Zonic505

    Depending on the price, I don’t know. But considering how much it was just to change the voice ($7?! No thank you!), I’ve got a bad feeling it’ll feel overpriced again. I’d much rather have DLC that affected gameplay.

    ….like that idea for Dojima being playable.

  • NeoStrayCat

    Glasses eh…I can dig it, but I won’t be buying cheap dlc like this, other than that…

    (⌐■_■) <-My cool face, lol.

    • Code

      rar, hiya man, how’s things going >w<~!? Haha funny once again stumbling onto your commment owo;

  • Arc System…u might make fun fighters but you sure give out lame DLCs and hopefully they’re not too expensive, i better not see 5.99 just to hear Aigis say menus stuff to me :l

    • XYZ_JolteonZ980

      That would be worth it to hear Shinjiro and Akihiko though, and I will always pay for megane

    • Speedo Redempteur

      Yeah arc systeme dlc model is really weird …

  • MaruluGames

    The Aigis one looks like Metis from persona 3 FES: The Answer.

  • jello44

    Chie.. with glasses..


  • kupomogli

    Already?  *shakes head.*   I expected Atlus to do as much the way they’ve been recently.

    • amagidyne

       You don’t think this is more Arc System Works than Atlus? What was the last Atlus game with DLC?

      • kupomogli

        Persona 4 is an Atlus owned property.  Arc System Works is nothing more than Atlus’ bi*** at the moment and if they’re working on their IP, anything that’s done is through Atlus’ approval. 

        KoF13 has prerelease DLC as well, but I’m not even talking about the DLC, I’m just talking about Atlus as a company in general.

        Remember this one game XSeed had 100% localized ready for release, until Atlus bought the Dragon’s Crown property and told Vanillaware they want all development resources towards Dragon’s Crown, forcing XSeed to cancel it?  What was the game.  Hmm.  Oh that’s right.  Grand Knights History.  Not only that, but a game that was going to be offered for $29.99 Atlus said there’s no way they’re going to keep the same price, so bumped it up to $49.99.  Thankfully Amazon matched my preorder price.  So two strikes on the same thing, not very good.

        That’s not all though.  Atlus and their recent shovelware activity.  Releasing another version of a 360 game that’s already had a release.  While they haven’t, they’ve multiple times mentioned cancelling the online service of Demon’s Souls.  Cancelling the online service of a game that has sold very well, the server which is costing you next to nothing to maintain? 

        Or when Persona 3 FES was in development in Japan, and localization was in progress for Persona 3. Fans at their forums asked again and again for FES, and they were adamant about there not being a release. Atleast not until after the release of Persona 3. No more than eight months later was FES announced and released. Just a way for Atlus to sell Persona 3 and then screw those same fans into buying FES as well just to earn extra cash. That was the very start of me disliking the company that used to be my favorite.

        Then finally, Atlus still uses the “it’s an Atlus game, so it’s going to be rare,” tactic/threat, when before as a small company it was true. More than likely they were only going to release so many copies. Now, they have it on the printing press. You can still buy most of their titles that were released in the current gen now and for very cheap. Other than the Demon’s Souls Limited Edition, hardly anything is “rare.” Although Radiant Historia was once $20, they sold out, then everyone wanted it, and Atlus reprinted it rereleasing it back at $30.

        Atlus is still a good company for the most part, but Atlus is no longer the small publisher they once were.  They’ve changed from the publisher that I once loved to one that are merely decent because it’s more about the money than the fans.  While all business are in to make money, Atlus was better when they were a smaller company and it felt like they worked towards developing and publishing truly great games and doing what they could for their fans.

        • DanteJones

          Remember this one game XSeed had 100% localized ready for release, until Atlus bought the Dragon’s Crown property and told Vanillaware they want all development resources towards Dragon’s Crown, forcing XSeed to cancel it?  What was the game.  Hmm.  Oh that’s right.  Grand Knights History.  Not only that, but a game that was going to be offered for $29.99 Atlus said there’s no way they’re going to keep the same price, so bumped it up to $49.99.  Thankfully Amazon matched my preorder price.  So two strikes on the same thing, not very good.”


        • M’iau M’iaut

          Please kind sir, link us to the information which proves your third paragraph as anything but some online conspiracy theory. What I can recall is Vanillaware themselves being rather open in that they had too many projects going for their very small team.

          • I remember that too.

          • malek86

            They never really said it, but most people made the link “Atlus acquires Dragon’s Crown from Ignition -> Atlus cancels Grand Knights History -> therefore, Atlus wants to shift resources to it”. It’s a bit far fetched though.

            I think the issue with GHK had more to do with it being an almost entirely online game, and that wouldn’t have sit very well on the PSP in the west, where people barely still play single player games, nevermind online ones.

          • @malek86:disqus
            What I meant above is that I remember reading about Vanillaware openly clarifying their situation.

          • kupomogli

            Look it up.  Atlus acquires the rights to Dragon’s Crown late April, and Grand Knights History was cancelled by XSeed early May, a bit more than a week later.  It could be coincidence, but I’m betting it’s not.  There’s more evidence pointing towards Atlus being at fault than against it.

            Besides.  It’s obvious Vanillaware won’t come out with the truth.  It’d hurt their reputation.  Same with Atlus.  It’d make XSeed look bad throwing blame at Atlus and Vanillaware for such, so they wouldn’t either.  It’d be bad PR for them.  They don’t want to lose potential work in the future because of it, so just cut their losses and move onto something else.

            If anything, since Atlus acquired the rights to Dragon’s Crown after localization was already complete, Dragon’s Crown should have been put on hold, but Atlus being a bigger company has more power and probably more cash swayed Vanillaware towards the other direction.  And what’s bs is that all the text just had to be inserted into the game.  It’s not like they had to actually develop the game, which is required for Dragon’s Crown. 

          • M’iau M’iaut

            Look up what, the same line of coincidental thinking @malek86:disqus  already burst the bubble on and which you have just admitted to? Sorry, but all that is evidence of is an online conspiracy theory.

            You can’t use the date AMZN or any other retailer posted as evidence the game was about to come out. Those can start as window or even expected release dates,  but a retailer has no reason to change a status unless they hear directly from the company. Even today, minor titles from the niche publishers are handled as a we will sell them when we get them product. No purchasing or marketing manager was falling over themselves to track the day to day situation with GKH.

            There have been far more prominent titles to miss a posted ‘release date’ only to just disappear or two weeks later have word sneak out on a production delay. We have become spoiled by the Gamestops and AMZNs of the world who give us ‘rock solid dates’ the day a purchasing SKU shows up or a grainy screen capture goes wild on the interwebs. The dealings of a tiny publisher, for which a financial rough patch having nothing to do with GKH has come to light in the meantime, are never quite that rock solid.

            I would say there is far more evidence the game was far from complete. GKH had seen no updates anywhere in terms of pictures or articles. There had been nothing done press-wise even through the siliconera’s of the world. No demo or review disks, the net is a leaky enough place that if such did exist we would know about it by now, with the torrent to go along with it.

          • “It could be coincidence, but I’m betting it’s not.”

            …If you yourself aren’t sure, then I don’t think drawing conclusions is the next logical step.

  • Same ol’ DLC from Arc. It’s funny how much crap Capcom gets when Arc does colour DLC. Ah well…..

    • Luna Kazemaru

      If hunny how capcom fans look pass all the bs capcom does with their dlc and come after ASW when they do dlc. Love how that works :D

      • No9

        I wouldn’t say he’s looking pass all the bs Capcom makes… He’s just saying ASW should be getting a lot too.

      • Capcom fan? Au contraire, I’m more partial to Arc and Namco, but that doesn’t mean I can’t call out my favorite companies on annoying business decisions.

    • Cephrien

      The difference is that Capcom makes crap fighters and ASW doesn’t, so they’ll get away with more. ;0

    • M’iau M’iaut

      I think folks are allowing for strictly optional and cosmetic to be more acceptable. It is a way in fact for fans to send a bit more money to their favorite companies, with a hope that such companies will continue to make games the fan wishes to play.

      That and Sophie and the annoying girl in Tales look darn cute in their schoolgirl outfits! 

  • Sweet Sui ♥

    Ah yes~!  FINALLY!  Some DLC that I can ignore and not feel bad about not getting (^o^)/ lol

  • Charles

    As long as the DLC stays cosmetic and not pay-to-win I’m a happy guy.

  • James Reilly

    Those would have been nice pre-order bonuses. Oh well, satisfied with the soundtrack I’m getting :D

  • Nemesis_Dawn

    After how ripped off I feel by having bought the DLC characters for Continuum Shift, only to then have Arc tell me I have to buy Extend to see their stories, I am very wary of any game that involves them and DLC, If it’s only cosmetic DLC, I am not so worried, as I would never pay for colors in the first place. But if there’s even a hint of DLC characters before this comes out, I will cancel my pre-order and wait for the Extend edition.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      There was close to a 2 year window between both CS and extend how do you feel ripped off?

      • Nemesis_Dawn

        Time has nothing to do with it. They could have programmed the game to have Relius and endings for the three other DLC characters, but they chose not to, most likely because they knew they were going to do another revision down the road. It could have been a 3 year window. It still rendered the version I bought and then paid $24 for DLC character on useless. They knew they were going to make it, so they could have just made it so all you needed was Continuum Shift, like how Capcom did with Super Street Fighter IV. Arcade Edition is available as DLC and the 2012 update was a free update patch. If Arc had done that, you’d hear no complaints from me. But instead they cut out stuff just to artificially create a reason for someone to buy Extend.

        • Luna Kazemaru

           I can agree maybe extend could have fixed up as DLC sure but that would have most likely not have silent anyone honestly. I don’t know what was up with it maybe they where trying to make money back for CS2 being a free patch Not saying that asw doesn’t do bad the dlc they have at times is really high but I didn’t feel to ripped off because of the window the games release had that is what i mostly look at sometimes honestly.

        • Code

          MMmm although I don’t like how ASW handled BBCS’s DLC either (for different reasons), DLC characters content weren’t cut out of BBCS. Especially Relius, which is silly considering he was made years after it’s release >w<; Even when BBCS was released, Valkenhyann and Platinum weren't completed; only Makoto was complete, and she was pretty much finished in the production window of the game's printing. But most of the development times were pretty easy to keep track of during BBCS's lifespan.  

          But this is all old hat, fighters are almost always yearly, bi-yearly endeavors, and at this point everyone knows this. When you make your purchase you have to consider this and either be satisfied with what you have, or understand in the near future it you’ll likely have to invest in an updated version. That being said there is nothing particularly wrong with the version you got.

        • Herok♞

           Dude you just used the Rereleased version of SF 4 to make the point about companies using the base version to have dlc built in, You know how contradictory that is? Also the $24 you spent on characters wasn’t useless, you had over a year to learn and use characters, few other people had access to aka early access for a price. The story stuff was created for extend, I don’t even think it was available on CS 2, so there is definitely no way it was ready to be put on disc for original CS. I can understand your anger for having to buy a game twice(well maybe not if you had no problem buying Super SF4 if you bought SF4) but at least Extend wasn’t released the same year as CS(CS was 2010 and Extend was 2012) and has new modes on disc(Unlimited Mars and Abyss), unlike a certain cross over game that had 2 versions in 2011.

  • thaKingRocka

    Cosmetic DLC is cool with me. I was never into dressing up Barbie dolls or anything. As long as it doesn’t affect gameplay and/or splinter the audience, I’m okay with it.

    • Code

      @thaKingRocka:disqus plays with naked barbies confirmed >w<;; But seriously cosmetic, costumes is the best way to go with DLC in my opinion, I think it adds incentive to buy, but doesn't hinder/take away from gameplay.

  • AnimusVox

    I like Alice looking Yukiko but not enough to pay for it.
    How much are these going for exactly?

  • Valkenhayn

    I wonder if theses colors are gonna be up to 12 or 16 colors per character. Seems to be the DLC colors are some original colors and colors for past persona characters(Maya Mitsuru, Yukari Chie, Eikicihi Yosuke, etc.). Most likely people who are gonna buy this are persona fans and fighters who wanna play in style.(Believe it or not a lot of people do better playing in their favorite colors).

    Funny, I’m both lol

  • Metalsnakezero

     I can easily say that it crazy to pay for pairs of glasses in a video game but then I got a pair of Mass Effect avatar visors so who am I to complain. Besides, the whole P4 cast looks good in glasses.

  • nothing956

    Is that Kanji as Archer from Fate/Stay Night?

  • Dynami

     I’d pay for -either- DLC characters or new editions of the game. I don’t have a problem with either option, as fighting games expanding is a good thing in my eyes.

    I -do not- approve of double dipping like ArcSys did with BBCS/Extend. If you’re going to create a disc-based version of a game with the DLC characters included, it should be done in a way that doesn’t make the previous version obsolete – A la SSFIV and Arcade Edition. Whine about SFxT’s practices all you wish, it’s difficult to deny that Capcom’s handling of AE wasn’t superb. That’s the only way I can accept a disc-release for a game where DLC characters are present.

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