Persona 4: Arena Seeing "Issues Surrounding Development" In Europe

By Ishaan . August 22, 2012 . 9:00am

Persona 4: Arena’s European release is having a spot of trouble, publisher, Zen United, confirmed this morning. In statement on the Persona series’ European Facebook page, Zen say the delay is due to issues beyond their control. The statement reads:


There are currently a number of issues surrounding development and subsequent release of Persona 4 Arena in Europe. As we are not directly involved in the development process for P4A, these are elements which are beyond our control. We are however, doing everything we can to help resolve this, so that we can get the game into stores and, crucially, into your hands as quickly as possible.


We do understand your frustration and a need for a concrete release date, however, until we can ascertain exactly what that release period will be we are hesitant to do so. We would rather have all the facts about release to hand, and all issues be resolved, before making such an announcement.


Please be assured that as soon as WE know what the release date will be, YOU will be the first to know.


Any dates you see online are purely speculation. The first announcement of a release date will happen on the Persona Europe FB page and the Persona 4 FB page. We will then notify our contacts in the main Fighting Game Communities around Europe. If you have not seen a confirmed release date on this page, then it is best taken as a rumour.


Please also be aware, any events that are taking place around Europe will not disrupt the process of releasing them game. Given that these issues have arisen, the team here are making a concerted effort to support the community by having payable builds at your events while you await release. I know many of you are eager to play P4A, and we will facilitate that as best we can in the interim.


We’ll keep an eye out for further news updates as they become available.

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  • malek86

    I really wonder what these issues could be.

    Anyway, not entirely unpredictable, but still annoying, especially in lieu of the region locking (or perhaps it was actually part of the reason). If they are going to region lock a game, they could at least make an effort to bring it out in all territories simultaneously.

    It would probably be a lot easier if Atlus had a specific european partner, instead of jumping around like crazy (or they could have an european office, but I guess that would be a lot more expensive).

    • ronin4life

      The region locking is in part to keep importers from getting the game cheaper from the US I think.

    • landlock

       Well in the case of Persona Arena it was always going to be Pqube/Zen United as they seem to be the partners for Arc System Works.

      But yeah Atlus really need a partner as well.

  • XiaomuArisu

    Somehow I expected that….well more time for graces,tekken and doa!

  • SirRichard

    “The region lock isn’t a problem,” they said. “Stop complaining, you’ll be getting the game soon,” they said.

    Thanks, guys.

  • Be strong, Europeans. This game is SO worth the wait!

    • XiaomuArisu

       Europeans unite!Together we can wait!

  • Tales_of_Master

    Guys, just do what I did. Go get yourself a US Playstation 3 and a US copy of the game. It’s better than waiting for Zen to sort their **** out. I’ve been enjoying the game for the last week with my new PS3. The PS3 I had was the old 80GB phat model, so it was easy for me to make the decision to buy a new console, and I’m defiantly not regretting it :D

    • Ladius

      It’s great that this solution worked so well for you, but I think no one can really ask people to import a system from another region just to play the single region locked game in its lineup, especially since it will be released in Europe, albeit with the usual Zen delays.

      • XiaomuArisu

         Yep!We (atleast me)got used to delays.So wait and enjoy other things.

      • Tales_of_Master

         The thing is, US systems are available in my country. For me it was a matter of going to my local store and buying the system. I was just writing about my experience, and I already said that I decided on buying a new PS3 because I had the old one and wanted to upgrade, P4A only gave me the final push :) I hope that you won’t have to wait much longer to get the game. My heart goes out to you guys, just hang in there :c

        • Ladius

          Oh, if you have both US and PAL systems readily available in stores then your situation is understandable, but also different from that experienced by most people here.

    • ShinGundam

      Or buy JP version and walkthrough the story mode?
      I hope the new BB won’t be region-locked.

      • Tales_of_Master

         To my knowledge, the JPN version is also region-locked to Japanese/Asian systems.

  • Pipiskin99

    make a Import Flashmob, even though it won’t work in your system, crush the publisher

  • amagidyne

    Ugh, called it. I know I’ve gone on a lot about the region locking, but this is pretty pathetic. Pick a publisher that can actually sell us your game or let us buy it from you directly. Anything else is just dickery.

  • Ladius

    It’s really sad this controversy had to involve such a nice game. I boycotted it because of the region lock issue, but even if I wanted to buy it it looks like Europe will get shafted even worse than we thought: from a Zen employee’s comments, it seems they don’t even have a working PAL build to submit so far… At this point, their release could even miss October, let alone September.

    They could’ve handled this situation far better, honestly.

    If Europe had had a competent publisher and an August P4A release date, only hardcore importers and pro-region free gamers such as myself would have still been adverse to Index’s decision. Instead, considering the whole PAL market is being affected, Atlus is going to lose a lot of goodwill from its Euro fans, and Persona 4 Arena’s European sales will surely be damaged by TTT2 and DoA5’s release.

    • mirumu

      I think that goodwill point is quite important because Atlus seem to have very little goodwill in Europe and related markets as it is thanks to previous games not being released or taking years to appear.

      • Ladius

        Yeah, sadly you can say that. NIS America is smaller than they are, and yet all their games are released in Europe and the US at the same time, or after some weeks in the worst case scenario. Meruru was even released in Europe some days before the US release.

        Even in the dd department Atlus is sorely lacking: XSeed has delays but its dd games eventually are available on the EU Store, NISA games are immediately available (Legasista is already out in Europe, for instance), but Atlus never published any of their games on the EU Store aside from Persona Revelations, despite having PAL ratings for some games, like Hexyz, Gungnir and Growlanser WoT. We must thanks Ghostlight for their outstanding work, without them the situation would be even worse.

  • heartless141

    i was skeptical in placing my preorder on some site with the date 30th august.
    then heard some rumor that they delayed it till the 7th, cancelled the order because it’s too close to tekken.
    they really screwed up this title for alot of us.

    and it’s really gonna be a slap in the face if they announce the EU version will be region free.

    • mirumu

      Releasing the game region free would be about the only thing they could do that would make me even consider buying it at this point. I agree that it would be a slap in the face, but a region free option is still better than nothing.

      As it stands I wouldn’t even touch the game 90% off in a bargain bin.

  • D

    Why do they keep F’ing EU gamers?? I guess I’ll just have to buy the US version again….


    • Benny Tormoes

      Trolled by the Japanese branch ;)

  • ivanchu77

    Angry as hell right now, it´s just so unfair.

    Region free games like blazblue  Extend were localized with almost no delay here, yet the game that needed to be localized ASAP because of the damn region lock  keeps being delayed for whatever reason, it´s like they are doing this on purpose ,geez

    I hope the online is still active when we get this >_<

    • Herok♞

       Well, Online is going to be active because a whole region will be getting the game at once.

      • Not really. Not with TTT2, DoA5 etc. around the corner.

        EDIT: Not to mention… Guilty Gear.

        • Herok♞

           Well I guess at least 300 people will be playing it in the region at the very least.

  • Klarktastic

    January 2013 release…

  • Arizato

     Remember guys… The guys who are handling this are too busy posting stuff like:

    Zen-United are incompetent fools. I wish Ghostlight would do this instead. They would at least tell us what was going on instead of: “We want the game out ASAP. Stop complaining.”

    I am so salty right now.

    • ShinGundam

       OMG at Woody XDDDDD

    • cameron forsyth

      well Zen did say that they are dealing with problems outside their control they practically have next to nothing to do while waiting so why not muck about. well at least they spend this time monitoring feedback to the issue and keeping active here rather than completely ignoring us

      Personally i wish Ghostlight didn’t considering they were consistent in the long wait release dates. though zen may just as slow we can’t say this is their fault or that this would be any different with Ghostlight behind the wheel. 

      it’s probably due some sort of UK Media protocol, licensing, criteria or whatever. Possibly like how Funimation can’t let UK viewers use their streaming service. since we have strict import laws any overseas business is bound to be obstructed to some extent. anyway im just guessing here, carry on.

    •  I’m not sure if Atlus would allow Ghostlight to publish this particular game since that would mean releasing it on only one system here.

    • Go2hell66

       if ghost light did it, we’d get it in 2015

    • OatMatadoQuatro

      Woody is using his woo–Oh god I can’t make that joke!

  • Sal

    Did anyone actually try a US copy with a PAL PS3? and what kind of error appears?

  • Why can’t we have games at the same time as the rest of the world? Being in Europe sometimes really suck and I hate being teased with screenshots from P4A everywhere I look ;( 

  • Go2hell66

    Oh you have got to be f*cking kidding me, usually i’d overlook stuff like this but with zen this happens every single time! Is it too much to ask for a timely release just once…

  • Fryxell

    Me and a couple of friends has been expecting this delay, well it turns out to be true. :)

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    “There are currently a number of issues surrounding development and subsequent release of Persona 4 Arena in Europe. As we are not directly involved in the development process for P4A, these are elements which are beyond our control.”They make it sound ridiculously difficult. Is Zen United dealing with aliens? The Japanese Atlus staff is made of aliens?!

  • Oltheros

    Takes them two months to add their logo into the game?

  • Dylan Neill

    All I have to say is fuck you Zen.

  • Kamion

    I really thought of getting a JP PS3 (just in case publishers start doing this more, as 95% of my gaming is done in Japanese), but I really can’t BEFORE more people do it… ):

    Probably not going to get this game now either way. Sadly.

  • Zoozbuh

    Meh… Was sort of semi-interested in this game, but because of this delay I’ll probably end up forgetting about it and waiting till it gets cheaper. If there was a concrete release date I might have pre-ordered it :/ What possible difficulties could they be having, the game is pretty much localized already?!

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