Persona 4: Arena Will Not Make It To Europe This Year

By Yusouf . November 5, 2012 . 8:30am

After a period of uncertainty over the past few months, the publisher for Persona 4: Arena in U.K., Zen United, made an official statement regarding the status of the game on its Facebook page.


“Unfortunately, there is still no new information to give you which was not originally covered in the FAQ,” reads a portion of the statement. “With that being the case, a 2012 release for Persona 4: Arena is now no longer possible.”


The full list of details can be read here at the FAQ page, but the gist is that the European build is still in development and the game can only be published once the build is complete.


Currently, there is no release date associated with Persona 4: Arena in Europe, but we’ll update you once one is made available.

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  • Leon_Tekashi

    Welp, this is going to make a lot of people in Europe pissed, some people might give up on waiting for it, and some people is willing to buy either a US or a JPN PS3, and then buy the games from either North America or Japan. Either way, the hype for this game went down deep in Europe last I’ve checked.

    Edit: Shame on you Zen United, for making Nanako cry.

  • Terrible news. Most of the initial hype for the game has died down. Most people will have already moved on to a new fighting game. I am unsure what is being developed since the game was released perfectly in JP/NA regions. What does Europe need that it requires several months of delays?

    • Multiple language support, possibly, as well as making sure the game runs fine on PAL, on the off chance that someone’s still using standard definition.

      Just my guess, though.

  • Nitraion

    oh boy…. storm is coming…

  • Luna Kazemaru

    This will escalate quickly welp Blazblue all over again.

  • skugga2k

    If they don’t want my money, then so be it. As simple as that.

  • Hoooo booyyyyy… Hurricane P4Arena delayed is coming soon…… Run while you can guys.

    *pats Nanako*
    Aww don’t cry…. Here let watch a WT of Arena in the storm shelter.

    • Luna Kazemaru

       Hopefully the comments don’t be as dumb as the facebook posters…But I don’t see that happening lol.

  • Corey Letcher

    at this rate whatever followup P4A gets, whether its a fullblown sequel or a blazblue like updated version will be out in japan and NA by the time Zen gets this out.  

  • SolidusSnake

    Persona 4 Forever. Maybe 2k games will localize it for you guys 12 years from now.

    • OatMatadoQuatro

      You mean Persona 4ever

  • Would not buy it anyway, never gonna suppot the first region locked game ot PS3 EVER no mater what.

    For now cannot wait for Persona 4 Golden, 3 more weeks for that import.

  • ivanchu77


    • Luna Kazemaru

       Come here I will give you a hug.

      • Leon_Tekashi

        Wow, they even made Yu cry. Damn it Zen United.

        Edit: What’s next? Chie crying? D:

      • In this case I’m allowing you to do anything you want ;) Just don’t kill him.

        • Luna Kazemaru

           I’m not I feel bad for once o.o

  • Onizuka Gio Hikari

    This is actually pretty sad….didn’t they region lock so everyone got it around the same time?…I’m glad I’m not in Europe but I feel sorry for them ;~;

  • Genjo

    its like star ocean until time getting delay a lot before it came out lol

  • KHSoraKeyBlade

    I don’t mind, Persona 4: Golden comes out in February any ways here in Europe so ok for my Persona fix. It is a shame that it is getting delayed though. 

  • Whoomp

    You know what would make the pain go away? FANCY EU EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL EDITION. Do it, region lock it and watch the non European world cry in envy.

    • Luna Kazemaru

       Why region lock a already region locked game lol.

      • Whoomp

         Because we don’t know whether it will be region locked in Europe yet silly.

        • TheRealMalek

          i mailed them and they say it will be.

    • I don’t see why they should cry, they probably already own the game and all they need is the merchandise they get with the fancy edition. If anyone in the US is waiting for the EU release then they must be DUMB.

      • Whoomp

        Oh believe me they will. It will be like the time we got Tales of Graces F 6 months after the US release and in a fancy box. Guess who though who was lucky in that scenario…

        • Sorry but this isn’t tales of graces. I doubt it would have the same effect.

    • Herok♞

       I already have my copy and most people don’t care about a special edition, which would you rather have a game at least 4 months early or a special edition heck if they care they would already have the game and the bonus items wouldn’t be region locked so yeah.

  • Neppygear

    wow what a shocker
    actually no that is a lie
    this is not shocking at all

  • Chrystofax

    Meh, I’ve got other games to play anyway, I guess they don’t want my money

  • Luis Camargo

    I feel sorry for european fans of the game. P4A is a very solid and fun fighting game. The delay would be more acceptable if the game didn’t had any region lock. People would start importing and the rest would wait for the eventual EUR relase.

    But the game has a region-lock. So people from Europe can’t even import the game. 

    Right now, Atlus and Arc probably could disable the region locking with a simple patch. At least, those still interested in the game can import it and even find a cheap copy. 

  • Shane Guidaboni

    Sorry, Europe. I feel for you. 

  • As I don’t feel like supporting Zen United anyway I can only shrug. The guys totally do not know what they are doing or how they are supposed to do something, it just makes me sad that a good game has to suffer cause of incompetence.

  • Tea_Green

    The hype totally died. There goes the money I was ready to throw at them months ago.

  • Istillduno

    And right from the first region locked PS3 game we’re back in last generations filth with slow localisations of games that only need localising because of the ****ing region coding (No extra languages there, just translating english into english for months on end), only this time there are no Freeloaders/Swap Magic ect to let you play another region’s games, because you’d get banned from PSN/XBL.

    I would say the game needs to crash and burn as an example of why region locking should stay away, but by the time Zen gets it out there in a few more delays it’ll be 2014 and it’ll be dead on arrival.

    • Luna Kazemaru

      Lets not kid ourselves here Yeah the region lock didn’t help but we all know how slow Zen is on localizing do we need to bring up blazblue? The only thing is that not EVERY EU player would have to wait so long.

  • I will still buy this if limited edition will cost 30$ and will include something like handwritten apology from Zen’s director.

    • British_Otaku

      Worked for SEGA. Anarchy Reigns is going to be cheap enough (£20/€25/$30) that I’ll overlook them making me wait, especially as there wasn’t any region lock crap to go along with it.

  • D

    Shopto marked the release date march 2013 for quite a while now. I doubt it will be released before may though.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Damn, thats rough. You’d think it being the only region locked game, they’d make it a priority. Is there any reason why europe has to wait so long? It’s all translated. I’d assume all they have to do is wait for contracts and junk to go through. 

  • Alex Sargeant

    Now let’s be honest, with Zen United at the helm it never really was possible. I assume every single game that comes out in Europe has to have a European build. They all seem to manage it fine.

  • SirRichard

    In this day and age of near-simultaneous releases from publishers both small and large, this is absolutely ridiculous in every way. And I still lay the blame at Atlus’ feet above all else; they saw fit to let development and translation of a US build go underway at the same time as the Japanese console release but no build for anywhere else in the world.

    “They don’t have a branch” doesn’t apply, there’s plenty of willing European partners they could’ve set up with, apparently even other American publishers as NIS America are picking up their slack and bringing us Golden next year as well. The same NISA who’ve managed near simultaneous releases on their own stuff in the US and EU for a while now, mind you.

    It’s simply pathetic, it really is.

    • Luna Kazemaru

       Atlus made a bad move but Zen still has a bad habit of doing this like you said. Will this be a wake up call to make a EU branch..pfft I don’t see that coming because hey that’s to hard. Sucks because I would have loved to play you in netplay.

      • SirRichard

        You’d have loved to slap me around in netplay, you mean. I love playing fighting games with people and horsing around, but hell if I’m not terrible at them. I sort of got into the technical stuff of Blazblue at least, not that it helped me any.

        I don’t even know why they don’t have a European branch, it’s not like they’re hurting for money and there’s definitely an audience for their games here, otherwise NISA wouldn’t bother with Golden and Ghostlight wouldn’t bank themselves on both Devil Survivors at once. Hell, even Deep Silver, a publisher who mostly pushes out the bland shovelware that clogged up the Wii and DS, even they jumped on Catherine when no-one else did.

        With Golden, Arena and the DeS pair all coming out next year on top of heaps of other things, I’m beginning to debate which ones I’m going to have to skip for a while, if not entirely. 

        • Luna Kazemaru

           Arena honestly isn’t that hard to pick up to say the least but yeah I don’t see why its taking this long to expand I just hope this is a wake up call because arena is just going to get smacked since  chrono phantasma is coming up and a number of big releases both western and JRPG coming out next year. I can see the game being over shadowed and I can see the BS reason saying EU didn’t make the cut but hey they can’t really PR their way out of this.

  • dr000d

    What a joke

  • TheRealMalek

    Something strange here, i have an echo from a French retailler that the game will be out in France and Germany the 15 November published by Koch Media, the game will be in full english…

    Is zen united distributing the game only in UK ?

    it seems it is avaiable on amazon :

    • Speedo Redempteur

       amazon is using a place holder date

      • TheRealMalek

        But it’s already available for order on many french websites (i used amazon because it would be the most known).

  • Arizato

    I was blaming ATLUS and Arc System Works at first. But now I just blame Zen. I’ve come to the conclusion that they simply don’t have the balls to nag ATLUS about the EU build. They just shut up about it so ATLUS knows it’s not that urgent. If Zen truly wanted the game out as soon as possible they wouldn’t post stupid stuff on Facebook like Persona 4 Disney Princesses, bad MS paint pictures, spoiling P4, etc.

    I promise you that if Zen actually pressured ATLUS/Arc to work on that EU build, things would go alot smoother.

    • Luna Kazemaru

       I really don’t see how ASW fits in the blame its not really their IP.

      • Dyne

         it may not be their ip but it is their game.

        • Luna Kazemaru

           that really doesn’t mean they can do whatever they want with the game

      • Jisgsaw

        According to Zen, it’s a developpement problem to create an EU build (lol). I guess it’s ASW then, no ?

        • Luna Kazemaru

          Again it still falls under atlus becauze its under their rights

          • Arizato

            ATLUS made the story, but not the gameplay. Most of the game is made by ASW. It’s their netcode, engine, etc after all.

          • Go2hell66

            Atlus never developed the game though, all the programmers and stuff are with ASW

  • s6_miller

     I read somewhere that the reason isn’t because of Zen United or PQube but because Atlus didn’t provide them with a european build of the game.

    • Speedo Redempteur

       except that it’s always like this …
      so either arc_sys hate zen united ( each time ) since this isn’t the first time this happens or zen united are a bunch of incompentents

  • FFFF–RAGE!!!

  • Prinnydoom

    So much rage. Disappointing but then what can you do, what can you do =(

  • solilocus

    I might buy it if the “something nice” Zen will include as an apology is a time machine, thus I’ll be able to go back to August 2012, where the online is not dead.

    RIP P4A

  • Demeanor

    I. Am. Disgusted.
    And we’re talking about a genre where the time window the game is out is VERY important.

  • Jisgsaw

    Sad thing is that as a result, the few people who would have bought this won’t buy it.
    And then Atlus will pull out the numbers to explain why they won’t create a PAL-editing branch…

  • SupaPhly
  • Screw you, Zen.

  • Jisgsaw

    And just a question: what the hell is so hard in making an european build?!?

    Every single other developper doesn’t seem to have a hard time doing it.

    EDIT: well, after thinking about it, every single other developper DIDN’T region lock their game. So back to region locking again…

    • My assumption is that they want to add non-English European languages and probably ran into an issue where the “localization” options in the game only supported two language choices (Japanese/English) so adding anything else like German or French wouldn’t have worked unless it replaced an existing language.

      I’d put money on this as the technical limitation in fact, and that Zen is probably sitting on their hands as ASW and ATLUS work on an expanded language option build.

      The sad part is that the non-English speaking parts of Europe would probably have been more than happy to import the game in English, but Zen probably figured that it would hurt market appeal to just release as a Japanese/English language option title.

      Shared blame really, but in the end I have to go back on my initial feelings of dismissing the concerns about region locking the game and admit that it was a bad idea and I hope they don’t do it again.

      * Edit to acknowledge the “no additional languages” information and to further suggest that Zen is screwing EU gamers worse than anything I’ve ever seen before. Boo on the region lock, but seriously? 6 months to release a “no localization necessary” product? Retarded beyond belief.

      • Jisgsaw

        There will be no language localization, that has been clear since the beginning.
        Ironic part is that this decision was taken to avoid a lenghly delay in the release…

      • Yurop

        Stand by to paypal me your wager because the linked FAQ says:

        “What about other languages?

        We are not localising into each region’s language – specifically to bring about a faster release.”

        They say the real delay is that there are “a number of changes that need to be done to bring it in line with the regulations laid out by Sony and Microsoft in Europe”. Would be real nice to know what these changes and regulations are and how virtually every other publisher manages to get them down on time.

        • Jisgsaw

          That was my question exactly.

          And as I have parly already answered, every other publisher doesn’t have to care about them in the first place, as there is no region lock.

          • Mike Pureka

            You guys DO understand that the 360 IS normally region locked?  The region lock has nothing to do with this, except making it harder for PS3 users to import.

          • Jisgsaw

            And by “harder” you mean impossible in any legal mean.
            But that was kinda my question. So it’s because of the Xbox version ? :/

          • @Jisgsaw:disqus The region-locking, this time, has to with Atlus themselves. Have you seen/heard recently that JP companies have been making losses due to the exchange rate (the Yen being strong)?

      • Go2hell66

         they already said they wont add any other languages besides english to lessen the delay

  • Jake Deerberg

    I don’t live in Europe but I feel your pain dudes…


  • thundergodCN

    I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

  • They’re doing what they can to bring this over. While I’d be coming off as a hypocrite if I said this doesn’t bother me (it does), I still think it’s great that an european publisher is picking this one up for localization when no one else did.

  • XiaomuArisu

    Dont cry Nanako dont cry!
    So….thats sucks…how about some free dlc for europe as an apologize?Or a free soundtrack?Anything but if we get this game and soon after there is a super edition announcent….well that would be very bad timing.

  • Just attached a memo to my monitor telling me not to buy European consoles anymore.

  • Mike Pureka

    So essentially, Zen United is blaming… Sony and Microsoft?

    This seems kinda shifty.

  • Detrimont

    well that was obvious

  • They just make Nanako cry…. Yuu gonna kill them soon….

  • Oltheros

    Adding in their logo is seemingly a multi-month process.

    • Quinton Cunningham

      You’d be surprised how much changing a few lines of code can potentially make a game more buggy.

  • What a wreck. Hopefully, Persona 4: Arena: Never Felt like Turbo Edition isn’t announced by the time Europe gets this.

  • heartless141

    This is only forgivable if in the eu version of p4a everyone have a heavy accent.
    I can totally see eisuke doing a british one.

    Jokes aside, can’t wait till they reveal what the “something good” they promised.

  • Hinataharem

    This is beyond ridiculous. 

  • cameron forsyth

    …. sigh, i’m starting to not care anymore. i’ll just focus my hype on another game until more info emerges. although i do feel some anger towards zen, i just don’t feel justified considering my ignorance of publishing practices. 

  • oresamawasugoi

    region locked -.-” like a NA version would be fundamentally different than a euro version, in the end they will just add subtitles -.-” years of unlocked games and they are the first ones to be scared people could buy their games over seas

    • Jisgsaw

      Nope, they won’t even add subitles.
      So what we will get (if we get it) will be pretty much the same on screen as the US version.
      Hence my question what the heck takes so long to make a PAL build.

      • oresamawasugoi

         in the past we had the conversion NTSC > PAL. different resolution and frequency BUT i dont know if it is still valid. I know some guys who play japanese games or NOA games on HD TV sets, which now use standardized technologies. I think i played a few NOA games on my CRT TV (yes i still had one) without any issues. I still dont get why those people put in some geo-fencing meassures. I am too old for that. In the 80s we didnt know, in the 90s we tired to overcome those problems (mod chips) and the latest generation showed us a region lock is obsolete. Sorry if i did go overboard. IF people want orginal voices, text and tracks, why not let them in and ad just your stuff?! I live in Germany and most of our games weren’t even in our language (mostly english voice and text, some voice even japanese, if there was voice at all). sure there could problems with licencsing. Everything is about money, well its an industry, so sure it is BUT every little detail turned to be about money. ….sorry sorry…i just went overboard and started ranting..sorry

        • Jisgsaw

          I thought it was because of the 50Hz/60Hz problem also at first, but I’m pretty sure I played a couple games which are 60Hz only these past few years…

          So yeah, I really would like to know what the problem is. I’ll pobably ask them directly via mail if I find the motivation…

  • Hraesvelgr

    Amazing use of that image. The news is nothing to laugh about, yet I still laughed pretty hard because of the image…

  • Well they already lost my purchase some months ago anyway

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    Come one Nanako-chan, it’s not like your mother is dead or… oh…. I pulled a Hiimdaisy

  • Mnstrzero00

    Or you could buy the ps2 version…

    • Theres no such version.

      This is P4A not golden.

  • Mar Mar

    Meh, I guess I’ll forget about it for a while and focus on the games I have. Man do we have fighting games coming next year? I guess this is the only one …. but still …. maybe a MP demo with 4 characters to calm everyone down? No that would delay the game till 2015.

  • Go2hell66

    i’ve pretty much had it with zen…

    • TokkanRAM

      Not really Zen’s fault this time, the European build is Atlus’s job. All Zen do is write the localisation.

      • Go2hell66

         still funny how everything goes to crap when zen is involved though

  • Crok425

    Even though I’m not in Europe… I’m kinda starting not to like Zen United…

  • Elvick

    What a mess.

  • Vitonofrio del Rosso

    so… p4 arena a LOT later and P4G AT LEAST 4 months later..
    and they wonder why people want to import and be done with this shit?

  • John Szczepaniak

    That’s OK, I’ve seen game delays before, I’ll just import the US version.


    Well done, everyone, welcome to region locking and being screwed by idiots who are bastards. ALL HAIL REGION LOCKING.

  • TheSwordUser

    Out of ALL PS3 games, only this one HAS to be region locked, and it so happens that only THIS one has massive release problems.
    By the time it comes out, it will be irrelevant in community.
    For crying out loud..

    • Because without region lock,local publisher will loss money because fans will import from somewhere like japan.Selfish publisher ruin our gaming day!

      • Jisgsaw

        I see the point, but then the decent thing would be to assure a fast release… which isn’t the case.
        Even more for a fighter game.

        • Local publisher think like”Hey,lets just make crap out of fans and wait for 6 month to release this bullshit.”

          • oresamawasugoi

             so this “local publisher” needs his lesson to learn, with people importing. the dev or japanese publisher/us publisher will get its share. thats open market in practical use.

          • Thats why they create region locking.Because they are same company but different region branch.Like Atlus Japan and Atlus America.They’re cooperating among themselves
            PS:At least ps vita have no region locking not like 3ds though

      • elppakcuf

        publisher’s money? something i could care less, if i need the game i will get it.
        just wants me go import several copies for sole reason publisher won’t get it’s money, even if i can’t play the game on my system at all it will make my heart warm thinking i pissed them off, would be cool to make a flashmob of this.
        region locking an actual wanted game (not some Elf Bowling, but Persona game) on a regionfree system and then delaying it like scumbags, sudden stupid limitations? what am i, on Apple device all of sudden?
        i’m a retro collector too, and any european version of games i collect are on my ban list, europe had the worst game list on all the consoles because of this attitude, i hate it to the core.

  • elppakcuf

    that’s why i always hated european region on any locked console..

    • What? Even the NA and JP versions were region-locked. You should be saying, that you don’t like region-locking, at all.

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